Becoming a Queen


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$19.99  $18.59
Roaring Brook Press
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5.67 X 8.53 X 1.34 inches | 1.03 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Clay is a writer and drag queen thrilled to be making his debut as a novelist with Becoming a Queen. Until now, he focused on spreading love and positivity online through his drag persona, "Carrie Dragshaw." His writing as Carrie has been featured in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and television shows-from Cosmo to People to Watch What Happens Live-and his TED Talk on being your "whole self" details his first-hand experience with the healing power of drag.

Dan graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in philosophy and went on to get an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. When he's not writing, he works for a climate change nonprofit and a New York-based branding agency. He lives in New York.


"A stunning tale of grief, friendship, loss, and love, Becoming a Queen wraps you up in emotion like the most precious of dresses. Dan Clay's debut will resonate in the hearts of queens, kings, and everyone in between!" -- Jason June, New York Times-bestselling author of Out of the Blue and Jay's Gay Agenda

"Becoming a Queen is all about finding your true self, even when the path is rocky at times. Real, tender, heartbreaking, and joyful all at once, Dan Clay has delivered a delight of a debut that will keep you turning the pages. Put this one on your shelves!" --Jennifer Mathieu, author of Bad Girls Never Say Die and Moxie

A mosaic of well-drawn characters people this realistically rendered telling about healing, loss, and self-acceptance." --Publishers Weekly

"It's a complicated story but one that buoys up well thanks to its mix of humor and realism. Readers who love wit that practically crackles with energy will be drawn to Mark's first-person narration and may be surprised by the depths of emotion in his story. . . Enjoyable, tragic, and very real." --Kirkus Reviews