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About the Author

Author Info

Stonewall is 50, but LGBTQ history didn't start in 1969!

Lee Wind is the founding blogger and publisher of I'm Here. I'm Queer. What The Hell Do I Read?, an award-winning website about books, culture, and empowerment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Questioning and Queer youth, and their Allies. For over 11 years, readers from 100-plus countries have racked up over 2.6 million page views—and counting!

QUEER AS A FIVE-DOLLAR BILL is Lee's debut novel, and was a BookLife Prize semifinalist, making it one of Publisher Weekly's top five independently published middle grade and young adult titles of 2018. Readers describe the 21st and 19th century coming out and coming-of-age novel as “a love letter for history geeks” that “perfectly captures teen angst,” “had my heart racing,” and helped them feel “less alone.”

In his Clark Kent jobs, Lee is the director of marketing and programing at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and the official blogger for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Lee's Superhero job is writing. Fans of QUEER AS A FIVE-DOLLAR BILL say “I felt a magical bond with the story,” “I absolutely loved this book,” and that Lee Wind's “can't-put-it-down” writing “gripped me emotionally” and “will pull you in and have you wondering about the truth of history.”

Lee lives in Los Angeles with his husband and their teenage daughter. He loves featuring fan art, #QueerHistoryIsEverywhere snapshots, and photos of GSAs, book clubs, and awesome folks reading and discussing #queerasafivedollarbill.


Meet me at ALA2019!

Will you be at the ALA (American Library Association) Annual Conference this June 21-24, 2019 in Washington, D.C.? Come by the IBPA booth (#1145) and say "Hi!", and see all the great indie titles from IBPA's participating publishers—including, of course, my own "Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill!"

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Celebrate Pride with me and The Big Gay Romance Podcast!

I'll be the featured author on June 24, 2019 on THE BIG GAY ROMANCE PODCAST. I'm interviewed by Jeff Adams and we have a great discussion about Pride, Queer history, his gay teen thriller series Codename Winger, and, of course, my debut YA novel, "Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill!"

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