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Jasmine ・ she/they ・ 🏳️‍🌈・ hearing impaired Hej! I grew up not seeing myself in any of the books I was reading. I'm a queer enby, I wear hearing aids, and I struggle with migraines and crippling nerve pain. I love folk tales, witches, and overflowing libraries. In April 2019, I self-published my debut novel: a f/f South Asian-inspired retelling of Sleeping Beauty: RACING THE SUN. It was inspired by much of mine and my fiancée's story. My current writing project is about a circus performer with chronic pain and features a deaf love interest, both of them experiencing curses in this 'Little Mermaid' retelling. I'm currently editing this work to query agents. Meanwhile, I'm saving to move interstate to study and get into the publishing industry so I may help other diverse writers get their books onto shelves.

J. R. Koop
There is nothing more important to me than writing and making the publishing world of YA more diverse. Your support means I have more time to work on creating stories for publication, and am able to save more toward moving interstate to actually study publishing. All funds go toward art/writing supplies and supporting myself on a part-time salary. Any amount helps, and you will have all my gratitude for helping me build toward my future.

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