Young Adult Romance

In Sidney St. James newest novel, you might say it was time to put the relationship of the characters down as… ‘it’s complicated.’

Many people say that love comes in many shapes and sizes. Love in this Young Adult Romance is no exception. This beloved genre has today gotten a reputation for a certain messy shape… the love triangle.

Take our characters in LET ME DRIVE. Claire Banning loves Billy Joe Briscoe. Sammy Pryor, the best friend of Billy Briscoe, loves Claire Banning. Briscoe loves Jennifer Welch, a star actress on stage at the Paramount Theater on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas. The problem continues when Jennifer Welch falls in love with Matt Jenkins, and Claire Banning begins to hate Jennifer Welch.

Our story will demonstrate that love is complicated, and what’s even more complex is falling in love with someone who is already in love with someone else, leaving the characters in a fix. Just when we thought how messy a love triangle can get, it becomes even far more complex and gets, even more, messier when there’s a fifth entrant to the equation, Randy Keller.

Falling heads over heels into a love triangle can be a noticeable indicator of polyamory. Some of our characters get into one while some unknowingly find themselves involved in one.

Has all of this explained why we say that the relationships of all of our characters are complicated… almost from the very beginning.

There’s a fine line drawn in the dirt between love and hate. Beware of the literary whiplash. By the time you have read to the end of this love triangle, you will see that competition and desire are a dangerous, deliciously entertaining mix.

The setting for this story occupies a time in the early 1960s in Austin, Texas. Claire Banning explains her love situation best, saying, “You can’t decide how much you love people. It just happens. What she tries to find out is that even when the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

Many love triangle stories made it to the silver screen. Some are Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman and Peter Gallagher in “While You Were Sleeping” made in 1995. Another is “The Apartment” made in 1965 starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, and Fred MacMurray. Oh, and yes, let’s not forget “Titanic” made in 1997 starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Billy Zane. Oh, I can go on and on.

Simply said, there’s a place in Romance genres for Young Adult romances and love triangles. “LET ME DRIVE” might stand the test of time as it will keep you guessing to the very last ten pages ‘what boy gets the girl.’


Release February 14, 2019, a Romance Novel

My newest release has a setting in Austin, Texas in 1960. One would have to caution our lovers that romance can’t be found in a store. Whatever is in Capital Plaza isn’t what they were looking for. Passion is fueled by self-love and would be dealt a mortal blow by selfishness. Romance is when they get totally lost in a moment with another… a moment made sacred for just the two of them.

Their romantic bond is from one heart to another, one mind to another and definitely one soul to another! So, when our characters feel romance for real, they should treasure it always, the right way, as something special between just the two of them. The true love our characters in this novel mutually felt is wealth money can’t buy.

There’s a primary reason why Eros, that mischievous God, was believed by Greek Mythology to be the brother of Chaos. The ancient mythologists understood the power of all forms of love. Erotic desire is fierce and wild!

When friendships like that of Grayson Schiff and Kaytlyn Robertson become both familial and wild, we have a dangerous animal on the loose.

The object of their desire should not be with each other, but it was. Did Grayson want to be more than just friends? Was he only infatuated by the beauty of Kaytlyn who was engaged to Landon Hartstein?  As friends, they stand side by side not looking deeply into each other’s eyes, only outward to common interests. This boundary established between them was one they each wanted to cross, but unknown circumstances prevented them from doing so.

Like many friends who are smitten, they each mistake these signals and fall into erotic patterns that nearly end their friendship forever.

When Grayson focused his love craving at his new-found friend, he threatened the integrity of their friendship and entered into a dangerous liaison.

Grayson fell in love the night he first met Kaytlyn. She was cold and wet, her hair matted and had thoughts of ending it all. Her plunge from the bridge almost happened, but he saved her in the nick of time. Their attraction to each other was palpable, intense, and circumscribed by their commitments to other people. Hers with Landon Hartstein and his with Abigail McCarthy. The absence of sex only made the heat stronger between the two.

Their romantic bond is from one heart to another, one mind to another, and one soul to another. Finally, when two people feel the romance is real, they will treasure it always, the right way, as something special between only the two of them. But, the question to ask is, “Which two?”


There’s a primary reason why Eros, that mischievous God, was believed by Greek Mythology to be the brother of Chaos. The ancient mythologists understood the power of all forms of love. Erotic desire runs fierce and wild!

When friendships like that of Grayson Schiff and Kaytlyn Robertson become both familial and wild, we have a dangerous animal on the loose.

The object of their desire should not be with each other, but it was. Did Grayson want to be more than just friends? Was he only infatuated by the beauty of Kaytlyn who was engaged to Landon Hartstein?  As friends, they stand side by side not looking deeply into each other’s eyes, only outward to common interests. This boundary established between them was one they each want to cross, but unknown circumstances prevent them from doing so.

Like many friends who are smitten, they each mistake these signals and fall into erotic patterns that nearly end their friendship forever.

When Grayson focused his love craving at his new-found friend, he threatened the integrity of their friendship and entered into a dangerous liaison.

Grayson fell in love the night he first met Kaytlyn. She was cold and wet, her hair matted and had thoughts of ending it all. Her plunge from the bridge almost happened, but he saved her in the nick of time. Their attraction to each other was palpable, intense, and circumscribed by their commitments to other people. Hers with Landon Hartstein and his with Abigail McCarthy. The absence of sex only made the heat grow stronger between the two.

The romantic bond is from one heart to another, one mind to another, and one soul to another. It can’t be externalized in conceited manners and endure. Finally, when two people feel the romance is real, they will treasure it always, the right way, as something special between only the two of them. But, the question to ask is, “Which two?”

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Release Date is April 2019…


WHY DO I WRITE CREATIVE NONFICTION?

How many of us have struggled during our childhood through the date-pocketed course of history, uninterested, disenchanted, and just waiting only for the end of the cobwebbed test of time.  We find, in our later years in life, that history is actually the most fascinating and stimulating of all areas of knowledge. The number must be countless.

Why this unfortunate paradox? Did history change? No, what changed is the presentation and the emphasis.  In my case, the creative nonfiction genre is something that adds the sense of feel and touch to the history.

When sitting down in class or in a library somewhere, however important the dates, places or the names of people may be to an expert understanding of history, they are not history, but merely the checkpoints and framework of history. This is comparable to an outline that an author might use to prepare for a new novel he or she might be writing.

Why do I write creative historical nonfiction? John Wilkes Booth, Mary Elizabeth Surratt, The Runaway Scrape, In the Eye of the Storm, Faith – Seventy Times Seven and others. History is people – real people, with blood and bones, loves and hates, weaknesses, strengths, and passions. History is joys and sorrows, successes and failures, heartbreaks and the warmest of ecstasies. History is the tension and the pressure of opposing forces, both in and out of balance. History is power, the exercise of power, and, yes, the vacuum of power, too.

This interpretation of history in such human terms has created an entirely new genre, creative nonfiction. Great opportunities and needs for those skilled, sensitive, and tireless investigative writers whose training and expertise of adding emotion to the past inclines an expansion to history, a sought-out venture by literary writers much like myself.

My first five books have been primarily genealogy books. To do research into characters’ lives, I needed to step back and put myself in their shoes. Although my text in earlier written history books is accurate, they lack any sense of feeling and emotion. As I mentioned earlier, they are only checkpoints or, in other words, a framework of history.

My creative nonfiction novels are factually accurate and written with attention to literary style. My extensive research led me into animated descriptions at my desk and emotional outpours to arrive at the truth through shaping the information, molding the narrative so that it reads like fiction.

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