Author Amber Lehman Addresses GLBTQ Teens

Torn by Amber Lehman is a coming of age novel geared toward the 17 and older crowd, yet is about kids ages 14 to 17. In the story, Krista, a transplant from Ohio to California, is thrust into a new and different life. Her previous life consisted of Catholic school, doting brothers, and a religious mother keeping tabs on her. Her new life consists of fast friends in public school and a mother out of the country on a missionary trip, leaving her two older brothers in charge of her. She quickly falls in with the popular crowd, who introduce her to different lifestyles. She has strong affection for her friends, and a game of Truth or Dare causes her to start questioning who she really is, as well as her own lifestyle choices.

What is your background?
What was the inspiration behind this book?
What makes this book stand out in the market?
Why is this book so important today?
You say that the book is aimed for an audience of 17 and older. Couldn't younger teens, who may be exploring similar issues and questions, also benefit from reading it? With whom should they try to read it?
Where can questioning teens go for help?
What advice do you have for those who are questioning their sexuality and feeling uncomfortable about it?
How can teens best protect themselves when exploring their sexuality?
How common are these situations in which the characters find themselves?
Does location matter? For example, was Krista more likely to find herself in this situation because she was in California now, instead of Ohio, or public school instead of parochial school?
What advice do you have for teens who have friend come out to them?
What advice do you have for parents whose children (at any age) are coming out to them?
What advice do you have for those wishing to get involved in writing or illustrating?
Have you written any other books, or have any others in the works?
Where can readers find out more about you?
How can fans contact you?
Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?

Thank you so much for your time!

Andrea Coventry