Acceptance Speech for Runner Up Award at the New England Book Festival: I guess you could call this a revenge novel. Revenge for the few, depressing novels about gay people that were all I could find when I was a teen in the sixties. This was a time when there were no role models for lesbians, no history and little literature to help me understand and explore my emerging “unnatural” desires. There were no happy endings for lesbians. So my first published novel has given me the opportunity to share a fictional history of one couple who defied the odds and made a happy ending.