It’s a pretty great day around here when a new author joins us with a resume like Cindy Rizzo’s.
Rizzo, who will be publishing her new novella Getting Back with Ylva in the summer of 2015, has already started out her authorial career with a bang: her 2013 self-published novel Exception to the Rule won the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Debut Author award this year. But that was only the latest in a long string of Rizzo’s achievements: A veteran of philanthropic organizations with a long history as a LGBT activist, she was on the founding board of Boston’s Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a legal advocacy group for LGBT rights nationwide. Rizzo also co-edited All the Ways Home, a short story anthology about life in lesbian and gay families. She has also written extensively about LGBT parenting for various non-fiction essay collections. Getting Back will be her third novel.
Given her social justice background, it’s perhaps not surprising that, along with the drama and light-hearted romance, Rizzo’s fiction mixes in an awareness of social issues. In Exception to the Rule, protagonist Robin Greene’s group of trusted friends are all homeless LGBT youth, while Love is Enough features Hadley, who, as best friend of one of the protagonists, provides a glimpse into the daily frustrations and injustices transgender folks encounter.
With engaging and important stories like these to tell, Ylva is proud to sign with Cindy Rizzo and to be publishing Getting Back in 2015.
Welcome to the pack, Cindy!
The Ylva team