Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: September 1st 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys.
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
- What is on your nightstand?
Right now I’ve actually got a stack of ARC’s on my nightstand! I just finished SURRENDER YOUR SONS by Adam Sass and absolutely loved it. I’m in the middle of EACH OF US A DESERT by Mark Oshiro, which is stunning so far, and I’ve also got LEGENDBORND by Tracy Deonn and FLAMER by Mike Curato waiting for me!
- What author would you totally fan?
I’ve been obsessed with The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan for a really long time, and I think Rick is a great guy doing a lot to champion diversity in young adult books, so I’m definitely a fan! I’ve taken about a dozen different “Which Greek God Would Be Your Parent?” quizzes for Percy Jackson and each time I’ve gotten Poseidon, which I’m pretty happy with.
- What makes you cringe?
I’m a super empathetic person, so I get really intense second-hand embarrassment when I’m reading! Reading about a character doing or saying something really embarrassing makes me cringe and get really uncomfortable. Sometimes I have to skim the scene or just skip ahead to escape it.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’m a hardcore plotter! I plot everything out in my books from the chapters, down to the scenes, and even down further to the dialogue. When I finished writing “Cemetery Boys”, the outline was 62 pages! I find it way easier — and faster — to write a book if I have a really detailed outline which is how I was able to write the first draft of “Cemetery Boys” in six weeks.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I’m from Oakland, CA so I say the word “hella” almost constantly. My friends who aren’t from California tease me about it all the time! When it comes to writing, I know I overuse the word “stomach” a lot and it gets flagged during copyedits. A lot of my characters have anxiety and feel a lot of their emotions in their stomachs, so the word pops up way too often!
Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. As a queer, trans Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.
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