The Drama Queen

Faggot: An Appalachian Tale Surviving Bullying: Billingsley, Frank E.:  9781941861073: Books

THE BOOK: The Drama Queen


AUTHOR: Frank Billingsley 

THE EDITOR: Andrew Lownie

THE PUBLISHER: Barnes and Nobel Press

SUMMARY:  A teenager tries to make sense of his everyday life. He has grown personally in this follow-up story and discovers his first crush, but his hopes and dreams are, in turn, crushed. He is gay, living in a town that does not understand and accept him. His emotional, physical, and sexual abuse continues through this journey in high school. But, he has an outlet, the Drama Club, where he begins to find himself. The book illustrates the emotional roller-coaster of the times, of the desired life, and humankind’s brutality. Then on one dark night, on a country road…everything changes.”Share in this story of religion, unrequited love, and the continual fight for the greater acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Drama Queen

THE BACK STORY: This sequel is a true story of homosexuality, religion, abuse, Stockholm Syndrome, and a boy’s desire to fit into a society that has marked him a weirdo.

WHY THIS TITLE: The drama club assisted in building my character. 

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It is a true account of childhood bullying. 

AUTHOR PROFILE: Frank Billingsley, an Ohioan. I consider myself a child of the world, spending time between the United States and Europe. I have dedicated my career to the betterment of young adults through my social work and education. I have over 25 years of professional experience in social work, teaching, administration, and as a university professor. I hold a Doctorate in Leadership and Administration, a Masters in Management, a Masters in Human Ecology, and a Bachelors in Psychology; and, currently working toward a third master’s in Psychology. Over the years, I have written academic pieces, but in 2015 I wrote the first book about my childhood. A childhood of daily abuse from peers and the community. The book “Faggot” was well-received by both readers and reviewers. Although the events were decades ago, I believe that there is a message that is still relevant to the modern-day reader for the LGTB community and, more so, young adults struggle with find their place in the world


PRICE: 18.99


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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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