David Clawson Debuts Comic Coming-of-Age YA Novel My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen

Sunday, June 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Two closeted gay teens and their almost star-crossed romance are just the central two of the vividly drawn characters in My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen, a deliciously funny and insightful new take on– you guessed it– Cinderella! David Clawson’s debut YA novel is set in theheart of  a social-climbing stepfamily on Manhattan’s Upper East Side… missing shoes and a drag queen who dresses as Diana Ross figure prominently. Praised for this YA and LGBTQ standout debut, David Clawson will blast us through to the other side of the classic fairy-tale in a reading, talk, q&a and signing.

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag QueenChris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other. The novel skillfully balances issues like sexuality, family and financial troubles, and self-discovery with more lighthearted moments like how one rogue shoe can launch a secret, whirlwind romance and a chance meeting with a drag queen can spark magic and light in a once dark reality.

“A fresh, funny, new twist on a classic fairy tale.. a fast-paced, riotous, laugh-out-loud yet insightful story of secret love between two closeted gay teens.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“. . .a spot-on modern version for contemporary teens, with an artful balance of serious insights about being true to oneself and riffs on pop culture..”
—School Library Journal

J7gwn7tG (1)David Clawson attended the USC Graduate Screenwriting Program, where he received the Jack Oakie Comedy Writing Award, a 20th Century Fox Fellowship, and had his sitcom pilot, Balancing Acts, produced. David teaches screenwriting at the LMU School of Film and Television.