Violetta Vane grew up a drifter and a third culture kid who eventually put down roots in the Southeast US, although her heart lives somewhere along the Pacific coast of Mexico. She's worked in restaurants, strip clubs, academia and the corporate world and studied everything from the philosophy of science to queer theory to medieval Spanish literature. She homeschools her eldest son and has a passion for political activism
Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in History from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centred on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with unironic papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her newborn daughter or standing in line at the local coffee shop, waiting on her caramel macchiato.
on March 29, 2012 :
I enjoyed this short story of the connection between outreach worker Julio Torres and Linley, a vulnerable young man whom he tries to help,while repressing his inappropriate attraction to him. They lose contact, but, over the years, Julio can never forget the beautiful young man who refused his offers of support and for whom he fears the worst...
The stark realism of the context is a contrast to the romantic delicacy and decency of Julio's feelings for Linley.
(review of free book)