So as some of you might know I write YA.
Recently I wrote a YA Fantasy about a hard of hearing teenager whose brother is kidnapped. She grabs a horse and sets off after him because she is a BAMF. Along the way she meets a lot of new people.
One thing I’ve been thinking about recently is getting some more insight into experiences as a deaf or hard of hearing person. I’ve absorbed a lot online. I like to think I’ve done my research. But I know that nothing beats being and existing in a certain way and no research is ever enough. Nothing can substitute the unique slant we put on our own universes.
Anyway, all this is preamble to say I’d like your thoughts! Yes, you! I’ve made this google form you can fill out for anonymity(?)’s sake but if you want to email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment below that’s super cool too.
Basically I’d love your thoughts on what it’s like to be deaf or hard of hearing, what it’s like to interact with the Deaf community for the first time, and any challenges or excitements you think might be relevant to a YA fantasy.
Maybe you have a specific memory you’d like to share or thoughts on the topic or even a point you’d like to raise that many people miss. I’d love to know anything and everything.
I’m also looking for sensitivity readers after I finish this edit. Of course, you will be reimbursed for your time because it’s only fair (with money, to be clear). If you’re interested in that there’s a page on the google form to let me know (you can also just email me!) 🙂