At Flowerbox Books, you’ll find stories you won’t find anywhere else. Why? It’s true that all Flowerbox Books are informed by a Queer perspective, but what really makes them different is how we “grow” them.
Whether it’s a Hollywood blockbuster, a show on a streaming service, or a novel from a big publishing company, so many of the stories we encounter in our lives are created with the money in mind. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but it does limit the kind of stories that are made widely available. If a story doesn’t stand to attract an audience of a certain size, whatever its other merits, it will not be produced.
In practical terms, this means that we rarely see stories that are radically different – stories that challenge us instead of just comforting us, stories that ask us to engage with our most fundamental assumptions. Even now, when there are more LGBT stories on bookshelves and movie screens than ever before, too many of them feel like just more of the same. The same love story, just with two same-sex partners. Plots that ultimately resolve to a familiar status quo.
At Flowerbox Books, we believe that stories are places where dreams are born and visions are shaped. In creating our stories, we start by asking, What is necessary to make our world better, but seems impossible? The money, always, is secondary.
In that way, our books are like the flower boxes you see in the windows of apartment buildings. They are attempts – however small – by an individual in a community to improve the environment for everyone. Flowerbox Books are homegrown stories.
About the Author
Hi there! My name is Aaron, and I write the books that we sell here at Flowerbox Books. (Yup, it’s just me. The “we” you see throughout the site is strictly rhetorical).
From Atlanta, GA by way of Albany, NY, I have been writing books for the past 10 years. I was first inspired to writing by my love of Harry Potter and manga series like One Piece and Shaman King. Finding excitement in their worlds that my own world lacked, I was curious to know how those creators did it. How did they make worlds where emotions ran so high, and actions were charged with such significance? As I grew older, daytime soap operas became something of an obsession. How did the writers keep the story going day after day, year after year? How did they manage to keep it all coherent and interesting?
In college, as I was exposed to works by filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Akira Kurosawa, I grew more interested in stories as a reflection of the societies that generate them and stories as a vehicle for social change. I think that readers familiar with these creators and genres will recognize their impact on my work.
An inveterate taker-of-walks and singer-in-the-shower, I love musical theater and will never say “no” to some takoyaki.