Monday Meets: Sophie Bonaste

Our guest today is Sophie Bonaste speaking about a very important project.  Welcome Sophie!

 

 

Hello everyone! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I am guest posting here today. So before I start I want to send a big thank you to Brynn for hosting me.

Today I want to talk about something very important. LGBT homelessness. It’s a topic I feel I’ve talked a lot about in my short writing career. When I was doing my blog tour for my debut novel, The Sacrifices We Make, I spent a lot of time doing research and finding statistics on the matter, since a huge part of the novel deals with this problem. And what I found was very disturbing. For example, look at this picture.

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It is horrible and sad. Everyone deserves a home they can feel safe and loved in. I know that many authors, myself included, do what we can to help in this cause by doing blog posts, donating money, time and books to the cause. But it’s always hard knowing that there are still kids out there every day fighting for survival.

Thankfully, there are organizations leading the way against this epidemic. One of these is Project Fierce in Chicago. This amazing group is not just raising money to help LGBT homeless, but they want to take it further and help these young adults have independent lives.

In an effort to help raise money, myself and nineteen other authors have written short stories specifically for Project Fierce. This anthology, which is being released by Less Than Three Press, will help raise money for this budding organization. All of the proceeds will go directly towards Project Fierce.

When I first heard about this anthology, I knew that I had to do whatever I could to help this cause. This organization is capable of causing real change in one of the largest cities in this country. I hope that everyone reading will consider being a part of this by purchasing a copy of this amazing anthology. The book releases on Wednesday July 16th, but you can preorder yours at the Less than Three Press website here. If you need further reason to buy this book, although I don’t know why you would, please check out the blurb and cover below.

Again, I want to thank Brynn for hosting me today and all of you for reading this. Because together, we can ensure that one day everyone will have a home to call their own.

projectfierce

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

LT3’s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo,Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

 

Biography:

Sophie Bonaste is a novelist who never set out to be a novelist. As a child, she wanted to a Broadway actress and spent her childhood in numerous productions. But when adulthood set in and reality took over, Sophie chose to give up the theatre for a steady paycheck and instead turned to writing as a creative outlet. She stumbled into the M/M genre through fanfiction and never looked back. Sophie is quite happy with her change in artistic expression and doesn’t plan to stop writing for a long time.

A self-proclaimed nerd, Sophie is an avid fan of all things Star Wars and Harry Potter. (Sophie is a member of the Slytherin house, for those who were wondering.) Sophie also spends many hours watching and re-watching nerdy television shows. When she is not obsessing over the latest and greatest in nerdy entertainment, Sophie can be found screaming at her television during American football games. (Go Pack Go!) Sophie currently lives in Pennsylvania, about twenty minutes from her childhood town of The Middle of Nowhere.

 

Buy the Project Fierce Anthology here!

Learn more about Project Fierce at www.projectfiercechicago.org

Sophie’s Website- sophiebonaste.blogspot.com

Sophie’s Email-sophiebonaste@gmail.com

Sophie on Twitter-https://twitter.com/SophieBonaste

Sophie on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/sophie.bonaste

Sophie on Goodreads-http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7263780.Sophie_Bonaste?from_search=true

 

 

 

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