A little bit about me
I remember writing lots of Chapter 1s, some story outlines, maps to cities where my R.L. Stine-esque series of teen novels was to take place. Mostly, though, I gave up on each of the things that seemed to hint at my desire to write stories. I don't know that I ever wrote a Chapter 2. So I went to college and became a pediatric nurse (which I do enjoy).
In 2009, I felt myself getting old(er), and my tendency to become a flake when it comes to pursuing my interests started to get on my nerves. I took some writing classes, wrote something all the way to the end (which sucked, I must admit). After that I wrote another manuscript, and that one was pretty cool. Cool enough to land me literary representation. And on top of that, it helped me get selected for the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices (I was a fellow in 2013 and got to work closely with author Malinda Lo, then I returned in 2015 and got to work with author Sara Ryan).
In January 2015, I announced that my debut novel GIRL MANS UP would be published in September 2016 by HarperTeen/HarperCollins and HarperCollins Canada.
GIRL MANS UP is about a queer teen named Pen who realizes the only way she'll get people off her back is by standing up for herself--even if that means her relationships with her friends and her family get messed up in the process. It's also about a gender-nonconforming teen who struggles to own her identity as a girl when she looks and acts like a boy and everyone around her expects her to be one or the other.
Girl Mans Up is out in the world! I'm doing my author thing, going to events to speak and/or facilitate workshops, doing book signings whenever I can, doing a little bit of Twitter action here and there, and working on a new YA novel.
I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Writers' Community of Durham Region.
My official bio
M-E Girard lives just outside Toronto, where she splits her time between writing YA fiction about badass teen girls and working nights as a pediatric nurse. A 2013 and 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow, M-E is a proud feminist who is endlessly fascinated by the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the concept of gender. Her debut novel GIRL MANS UP (September 2016, HarperTeen | HarperCollins Canada), was a William C . Morris YA Debut Award finalist and a Lambda Literary Award winner. You can find her online at www.megirard.com and all over social media.
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth--that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.