4 Aug 2013

Making A Difference

Just three weeks until the release of 'No Angel' with Dreamspinner Press. I'm so excited for my first book with a publisher, and I hope it does well. Not just because I want to be super rich and famous, although that would be awesome, but also because I want to use this chance to make a difference.

Some of you may remember that I posted on my Facebook page several weeks ago that I had decided to donate a portion of my royalties to charity. Well, that's still the case, and I've decided on a cause to support.

'No Angel' is all about a small group of homeless teens. They have either been thrown out onto the streets, or ran away because of the hostile environment they lived in. All because they were born different from everyone else. Sound familiar? It should, because every year LGBT youths are forced out of their homes, or driven to commit suicide in the face of bullying and discrimination.

In my book, Sam Mitchell is the eldest of the group. He acts as a role model and protector for the others, finding ways to help them survive life on the streets. Very rarely do homeless youths have this kind of support that they can rely on, but there are people out there who want to help. I've chosen to donate to the Albert Kennedy Trust, who offer advice, mentoring and emergency accommodation for LGBT youths.

They are currently expanding their services to include the Purple Door Project. The aim is to provide youths who have nowhere else to go with a safehouse where they can stay for up to 21 days, while working with AKT to arrange longer-term accommodation, support and therapeutic care. The project also aims to help these youths into education, training and employment, enabling them to get the skills they need so that they can make a life for themselves and stay off the streets.

I think this is a great cause, and I want to do my bit to help them by offering a part of my royalty checks from 'No Angel'. So I want to say thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered already, and to the rest who will buy my book in the future. Know that your purchase will help a great charity in their efforts to get our LGBT youths out of dangerous living conditions and into safe homes where they can get all the support they need to get their lives on track.

If you would like more information on the Albert Kennedy Trust, simply click on the name to visit their site. And, for those interested in what a donation might go towards, click here. I'll make sure to keep you all updated each quarter so you can see my donation progress.


BevS said...

Book already pre-ordered Daniel, and I'm so glad that someone is doing for the LGBT youth over here too!

I've supported the Lost and Found charity in Atlanta by buying a book that Tom Webb and other authors brought out. Brandon Shire also donates some of his royalties to a LGBT charity in the States, and I love his books. Good on you for doing it over here!! Very best of luck with the book. X

Daniel A. Kaine said...

Thank you, BevS. I had been debating going with one of the other charities in the states, but I noticed a fair few authors already donating to ones over there.

I learned about the Albert Kennedy Trust through the UK Meet, and decided that charities over here need some love too. Plus I think it's great what they're attempting, to actually give youths more than just a home, but the skills they need to be able to live independently.

Aniko Laczko said...

That looks like a wonderful charity you've chosen, Daniel.

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