The Boy I Am


Selected as a winning shortlist entry in SCBWI-BI Undiscovered Voices 2018. 

In the House of Boys, men are auctioned into marriage, but Jude, sixteen, wants more. Escape and adventure, free in the nuclear desert, has been promised if he can assassinate the all-powerful Chancellor.

Between avenging his best friend’s death, competing in pageants against steroidal bullies, and trying not to fall in love with the rebellious Romali Vor, Jude must decide what kind of boy he wants to be: killer or concubine.

Is there another way?

Described by the judges The Power for teens, you can read the first three chapters using the links below


‘The Boy I Am has an instantly intriguing, compelling premise and the commercial writing captures the readers’ attention. The description of the chancellor is brilliantly done and the ending is great – I think everything is set up for an exciting adventure!’

‘This is well done – I like the way you play with expectations. The auction feels familiar but then there’s a darker undercurrent and you layer that well until everything feels a whole lot less familiar.’

‘This put me in mind of a gender flipped Only Ever Yours – an interesting idea! The writing is assured and tight, there’s good tension – I want to read on.’