Wagner Writer

Last week, you got to read the oh-so-exciting post about my book title. Yep, just the book title. Honestly, I bored myself writing it, so I’m surprised anyone viewed it. But thanks so much to those of you who did! And if that post became your replacement for Ambien… You’re welcome.

OK honestly, I had fun writing that post. And the swan meme is glorious!

Anyway, this week, I’m giving you a more sultry glimpse at my book: its ass.

That’s right, you get to see the back cover illustration.

How many of you are disappointed right now that you don’t get to view a real hiney? I know I am.

But for those of you who aren’t, here’s some info on the back cover:

My illustrator and I wanted to highlight a really important scene. After chatting, the choice became obvious. See, the main character comes out of the closet (oh yeah, for those of you who couldn’t infer from the title – The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren – the main character is a gay teen) and gets sent off to a CRAZY pray-away-the-gay school.

That school is the setting for 90% of the book, so we wanted to feature it.

Furthermore, there’s a scene in the book where the main character arrives at campus and sees it through a big wrought iron sign. In that moment, he’s like “Oh man, what am I in for?” It’s a really foreboding image.

That’s what we chose. My illustrator was kind enough to do a cool little drawing that will go on the back cover. And you get a first peek!

The Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren

The sketch isn’t done quite yet. You’ll be able to see buildings through the entrance when it’s finished. But this is a first look at the campus.

More to come! And also, this is private, so:



Since this post was released, my illustrator has finished the back cover. And I think it looks so good! What do you think?

Book butt updated


  • Jerry
    August 24, 2015 - 9:16 pm · Reply

    I like it, of course I haven’t read the book yet but I would get the impression from this rendering that it take place here.

  • BeeDee the Brit
    August 25, 2015 - 2:44 am · Reply

    Wooooo, creepy soundtrack in background, sound of whips and chains, moans of “don’t stop, don’t stop.” Opps, sorry isn’t that kind of book. But awesome art. Who did you say your illustrator was again???? Can’t wait to read the book (so not a patronizing comment that)

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