HQ has purchased two books from first author Ryan Love.
Cicely Aspinall, Senior Editor, acquired worldwide rights in all languages in an exclusive submission from Anne Perry of KI Agency. The first book, Arthur and Teddy go outwill be released in April 2023.
The publisher described it as “a charming and heartwarming story about the bond between a grandfather and a grandson”. The synopsis read, “Arthur Edwards, seventy-nine, has spent his life in the closet, but now he is finally ready to live the life he never thought he could. Twenty-one-year-old Teddy has friends who know he’s gay, but he’s not quite ready to tell his family. The pair have always been close, and now they’ll have to rely on each other as they navigate their way through old heartbreak and new love while learning to accept who they are.
Aspinall said, “There’s a wonderfully warm, warm quality to Ryan’s writing and his characters that I was so completely drawn to. It’s a hopeful and uplifting story that will melt even the coldest hearts and make you laugh in the process. I know this will inspire people and show that it’s never late to be true to yourself. Ryan is a genre star in the making and I can’t wait for readers to meet Arthur and Teddy!
Love added: “I am completely thrilled to be working with Cicely and the incredible team at HQ. I was blown away by Cicely’s love of the characters and her understanding of the story. The family has been a huge source inspiration for writing Arthur and Teddy go out. I was very lucky to come out to a loving and welcoming family, which I never take for granted. Writing gave me the opportunity to weave together two unique coming-out experiences for a united family, who need each other more than ever.
“I never knew any of my grandfathers, but in Arthur I have created the grandparent I think we would all like to know we could turn to and confide in. I hope readers will love sharing Arthur and Teddy’s adventure as much as I wrote it.”