Raven Wild is the latest offering from the authors of Promised Land and Maiden Voyage.
The New Zealand based creative team Chaz Harris and Adam Reynolds have teamed up with trans author Caitlin Spice for this latest in inclusive and representative fairytales for all.
The creators of LGBTQ+ children’s books Promised Land and Maiden Voyage have today officially launched a new fundraising campaign on Kickstarter for a third book featuring a transgender lead character.
Beginning today, on the first day of Wellington Pride and International Women’s Day 2019, the authors hope to raise $40,000NZD on Kickstarter- enough to cover the cost of illustrations and printing. Once the first editions are hot off the press, they will be ready to fundraise enough to supply a major Canadian bookstore who have expressed serious interest in the new fairytale.
In Raven Wild, a young boy called Hawk transitions into a courageous young woman called Raven. When she rescues an injured bird from an evil poacher, Raven learns of his plan to steal a powerful gem with the power to control all creatures great and small. On a dangerous jungle quest to stop him and save a kingdom of animals, a childhood friendship soon transforms into love.
“This collaboration with trans co-author Caitlin Spice is part of our aim to include more underrepresented LGBTQ+ identities in the Promised Land Tales universe,” said co-founder Adam Reynolds.
Fellow co-founder Chaz Harris added: “With trans rights under threat and relentless negative media coverage here and overseas, it’s more important than ever for positive representation of trans people to exist.”
“I want trans kids to have a role model that shows them they’re worthy of love in a world that continues to say they’re not,” co-author Caitlin Spice offers, “To tell a story in the Promised Land Tales universe -where all are equal – was an exciting opportunity. As a fan of the first two books, I’m thrilled to be part of the team bringing Raven Wild to life.”