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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tom Klise  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: in Peoria, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.jamesklise.com/
-- Tom Klise on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=tom++klise


Illinois Connection

Klise was born in Peoria and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Klise is an author, high school librarian, supervisor of a high school literary journal and teen book club as well as the Gay-Straight Alliance at a Chicago area high school. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, Ascent, and Southern Humanities Review. Love Drugged is his first novel.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Love Drugged
ISBN: 0738721751

Flux. 2010

If you could change who you are, would you? Should you?

Fifteen-year-old Jamie Bates has a simple strategy for surviving high school: fit in, keep a low profile, and above all, protect his biggest secret-he's gay. But when a classmate discovers the truth, a terrified Jamie does all he can to change who he is. At first, it's easy. Everyone notices when he starts hanging out with Celia Gamez, the richest and most beautiful girl in school. And when he steals an experimental new drug that's supposed to "cure" his attraction to guys, Jamie thinks he's finally going to have a "normal" life.

But as the drug's side effects worsen and his relationship with Celia heats up, Jamie begins to realize that lying and using could shatter the fragile world of deception that he's created-and hurt the people closest to him.

Told with equal doses of humor and suspense, Love Drugged explores the consequences of a life constructed almost entirely of lies . . . especially the lies we tell ourselves.

An American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Children's & Young Adult Literature


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Klise enjoys visiting high schools to talk to groups of any size, especially around Chicago. He will conduct half-day or full-day writing workshops, or to provide "book talks" about other contemporary novels that will get teens excited about reading. Fees vary, depending on travel. For more information, email him at Jamesklise@gmail.com.