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By Rachel Eliason
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Run, Clarissa, Run

My debut novel

Life in a small town can be tough when you're a little different, but for a fifteen year old transgender kid it can truly be hell. Clark is harassed daily at school for his effeminate behavior and appearance. He has no friends and a brother that is as likely to be on the teasing as to prevent it. At night he is haunted by a nightmare of being shoved in bank vault.

Across town, Shelley Pirella seems to have it all. She has a great job, two wonderful girls and a handsome husband who does computer security work for a major corporation. Tony Pirella is a little too handsome, though. Shelley has had problems more than once with the babysitters, teenage girls mostly, developing crushes on her husband and he is a little too willing to play the role of love interest.

Shelley attempts to thwart her husband by hiring the effeminate 'gay boy' Clark. The arrangement works out surprisingly well, for a time. The girls love their new boy/girl babysitter. Clark and Tony share a common interest in computers and hacking that leads to an unexpected friendship.

However as Tony becomes aware of Clark's transsexuality and Clark's growing female alter ego, Clarissa, things start to unravel. Will Tony be Clarissa's salvation or her undoing?

Run, Clarissa, Run is an action packed novel that breaks both gender and genre lines. It is part coming out/coming of age tale and part cyber-thriller/adventure. It is a novel the world needs. Clarissa is a strong trans heroine, but the story is not a simple coming out tale. This story deals with the kinds of harassment that all too many LGBT youth face everyday, but it's neither a depressing 'it sucks to be me' story nor a sappy 'can't we all get along' story. Instead Clarissa confronts her tormentors in many surprising ways and in the end learns to rise above them.

This book is my debut novel. I want to self-publish it for a number of reasons, but I want it to be the best it can be. That's why I am starting this Kickstarter page. I hope to raise 5,000 dollars. Half of that money, 2,500 I will use for production costs. I want to have this book professionally edited twice; once for content and then copy edited for typos. I want to have a professional cover done. The other 2,500 will go towards the first print run and marketing. Anything above the five thousand I am asking for will go to further marketing.

My rewards for those who help fund this project are as follows:

For everyone who gives even one dollar I will list them at the back of the book on the kickstarter supporter page.

For those who give five dollars or more I will give them a free download of the book. At twenty five dollars I will send them a free paperback, signed by me. At fifty I will make it a limited edition hardcover signed by me. At one hundred dollars I will call them personally and tell them what a great person they are. At five hundred dollars I will promise to send them a free copy of every book I ever write. If they give me the whole five thousand and I will come to their ____. Whatever they want, conference, support group, birthday party, etc. I will come and talk about the book and my life.

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