My name is Elyse Salpeter and I’m a writer with Cool Well Press. My new novel called FLYING TO THE LIGHT is a young adult thriller with a deaf main hero and was released digitally and in print on Amazon, Cool Well Press, B&N Nook and now Harris Communications, a leading retailer of assistive living products for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
One of the main hooks in the book is that one of the main characters, six year old Danny Anderson, is deaf and the family primarily uses sign language with him to communicate. I so seldom see the deaf community represented in mainstream fiction and I was curious if your organization would ever write-up or do a review recommendation about this story for your followers? I don’t make Danny’s deafness a disability, it is simply a part of who he is.
Here’s a recap of the book:
Seventeen year old Michael Anderson and his deaf kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped by ruthless biophysicist, Samuel Herrington. Michael discovers Danny has a powerful gift-he knows what happens after a person dies-and now others want to know, too. The brothers must outwit and outrun Herrington, the FBI, and even fellow Americans in a harrowing cross-country chase, because whoever gets to Danny first will have the power to control the fate of every person on earth.
I’ve been getting some nice press in the community in both the US and the UK with coverage on The Deaf Network of Texas website, ideafnews, deafumbrella.com, tcdeaf.com, The Endeavor Magazine Winter edition, and I just had a youtube video of the novel shown at the Deaf Unity event in London including a bunch of other places. You should check out Sharon Pajka’s blog at http://pajka.blogspot.com/2012/03/interview-with-flying-to-light-author.html – she is a professor at Gallaudet and she did an author intervew and review of the book on her site earlier this year, as well.
Thank you so much for your support and have a wonderful day.