Following Shepard is a novel about gay rights set in 1999. It tracks the story of a small group of gay college students in rural Ohio as they navigate all the difficulties that entails. It's extrapolated and dramatized from the author's real life college experience -- a "what if" that examines the reality that could have happened, if just a few things were different. It involves drama and betrayal, oppression and fury, and the many flavors and kindness and cruelty that existed in that odd pocket of time when Sean Hayes won an Emmy for Will and Grace, but coming out nearly killed Ellen's career.
You won't regret reading it, nor easily forget the ending, but you will enjoy the ride.
In June, the book had an official launch party -- complete with author interview and book reading. Check out the video of both below.
Get a special insight into the book -- straight from the author.
The author sat down with an old college friend (and inspiration for one of the characters) to talk about where the book came from, why it was written and some of the major themes.
Get a sneak preview of Chapter 1, read at the launch party -- and available through the audiobook.