Iris Jung
Iris Jung asked Brent Hartinger:

What thoughts did you have while writing the Geography Club? Thank you!!

Brent Hartinger Good question! I was thinking lots and lots of things. Remember, the book was written back in the 90s, so there weren't a lot of other books like it.

But mostly I was thinking:

(a) about my own life as a gay teen, years before.

(b) about my work with gay teens.

(c) about how I thought it would make a good story, especially since it hadn't really been told yet. Who doesn't love an underdog story? And (especially back then), there are no greater underdogs than gay teens. The whole world -- their friends, schools, families, religions, and government -- sometimes really IS out to get them! Or at least disapprove of them.

If you're curious to hear the whole story of how the book came to be written, here it is:

Thanks for the question!


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