Families That Hurt; Families That Heal – CJane Elliott Talks About Sand-Man’s Family

May 5, 2016

Families That Hurt

Hello there! I’m CJane Elliott and happy to be on the Dreamspinner Blog today to talk about Sand-Man’s Family, the third book in my Wild and Precious series.

Sand-Man’s Family differs from the first two stories in the Wild and Precious series in the age of the main characters. In the first two novellas, those ages ranged from mid-twenties to late thirties. In Sand-Man’s Family, Sandy and Jade (and Dare, who Sandy dated before Jade) are seniors in high school (for the flashback scenes) and most of the action takes place the following year, when they are at the most nineteen years old.

I enjoy writing New Adult characters who are teetering on the edge of adulthood. They’re often still sorting out who they are in relation to themselves, their gender/sexual identity, and their relationships. Family still plays a big role, positive or negative. This is the age when people start living away from home and begin to create their families of choice. Some of them are lucky in their families of origin but many are not.

The tagline for Sand-Man’s Family is: Having A Family That Hurts, Choosing A Family That Heals.

Sandy’s parents, conservative Catholics, only gave him approval when he was being the “good son,” and sometimes not even then. His father is an alcoholic who when drunk berated and yelled at Sandy. Neither parent could accept that Sandy was engaging in premarital sex and could barely comprehend it when Sandy announced he was bisexual. His father hit him and his mother talked to the priest who recommended conversion therapy. They didn’t exactly throw him out, but they likely would have had Sandy continued to be himself in defiance of their rules.

Sandy has the courage to run away from his stifling home situation and the luck to have someone to run to: his uncle, Phineas MacDonald, in Portland, Oregon. With Phineas and his friends, Sandy starts the process of creating a new family that heals. The family expands to include Cody Bellstrom, who falls in love with Phinney and moves in with them. Together, Cody and Phinney parent Sandy, with support from good friends like Blaine and Gemma, and give him the unconditional love he never received from his real parents.

Inside of the support and love from this new family, Sandy is able to return to his childhood home for Thanksgiving and deal with his parents’ continued refusal to accept him as he is and his sadness at having to leave his brother and sisters behind. Cody and Phinney also help him figure out his feelings about Jade Byrne, his high school hook-up with whom he reconnects, and who becomes special to Sandy in a short time. The story ends with Sandy experiencing an abundance of love—for himself and for others.

That is the power of choosing a family that heals.




When Sandy Nixon’s conservative Catholic parents discover he’s had sex before marriage, they are furious. But when he blurts out he’s bisexual, they go ballistic. After they threaten him with conversion therapy, Sandy does what many queer kids long to do—leaves his homophobic parents in the dust. He moves in with his Uncle Phineas and Phineas’s partner Cody in Portland, Oregon, and is finally safe to be himself. Sandy misses his siblings, though, and decides to visit his former home in Rockford for Thanksgiving. On the train, he runs into Jade Byrne.

As the only out gay kid in their Catholic high school, Jade has stared down homophobes while being fabulous in the school musicals. He’s crushed on Sandy for years. But he’s made sure never to show it, even after they had a onetime hookup, because Sandy’s the good Catholic kid, the altar boy, and the apparently straight athlete—all the things Jade isn’t. Traveling back to Rockford together sees the start of a month of adventures, a blossoming attraction, and a chance for Sandy to learn what it means to have a family that hurts and to choose a family that heals.


Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sand-Mans-Family-Wild-Precious-Book-ebook/dp/B01EGAALMG/

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About CJane Elliott:

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.

In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

E-mail: cjaneelliott@gmail.com
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