Imagine being a 32-year-old gay accountant who’s never outside your rural upbringings and you move to major metropolitan area where you struggle to find your way. Sound familiar? But wait there is a twist. A six-foot, nine-inch, sensational drag queen takes you under her colorful wing for lessons in shopping, first dates, hosting brunch, furnishing an apartment, and living in the gay community.
This is the story brought to life by Chandler Myer in his debut novel, Jayne and the Average North Dakotan, which is an unconventional coming-of-age and coming-out story filled with humor and humanity. Today he Chandler joins us for an exploration of his work and to share with us why this fun, whimsical book came to life.
Chandler Myer published his first novel, Jayne and the Average North Dakotan, at the age of 57, following a 35-year career as a professional musician. The book is based on his short story, “That Night I Ran the High Heel Race,” published in the Medium publication Prism & Pen. He has also been published in Bear Creek Gazette, as well as Medium publications Rainbow, An Idea, and Atheism101.
Myer lives in Philadelphia with his husband of more than a quarter century. He loves to walk, travel, and make friends with every dog he sees.
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