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The Glimpse

A YA contemporary LGBTQ romance with a speculative twist that features a diverse cast. Think More Happy Than Not meets The Future of Us.

(Completed Manuscript)

A worldwide event known as The Glimpse causes everyone to experience three minutes as passengers in their own bodies in an eighteen-year time jump. The Glimpse wiki Glimpsepedia, begins fitting all the information together like pieces of a humongous, complicated puzzle that is the year 2044. Sixteen-year old Hannah becomes Future-Famous—in 2044, she will be the creator of Multiverse, a hugely successful book series, TV show, and theme park; and one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2044. She is also outed as gay.

Hannah’s plan to remain in the closet to survive high school in her narrow-minded Appalachian town is ruined. Reporters and fans hound her and her family; her every move is livestreamed; she is targeted by anti-gay groups; and Multiverse sets a record as the first book banned before it is even published. Hoping to stop the anti-gay attacks on herself and her family, Hannah joins Oppositers—one of the four groups formed after The Glimpse—claiming she is doing the opposite of what she would instinctively do in order to change her future to one where she is not queer.

Then she meets out-and-proud Emmy. Hannah convinces herself that as long as no one finds out, she can spend time with her. For a while, Hannah could not be happier, even if it is getting more difficult to keep their relationship secret. But as it becomes likely another Glimpse that will expose all of her lies is imminent, Hannah realizes she must choose: Live a life of opposite choices for real. Or accept who she is and live as her true self.

About Mary

Official Sounding Bio

Mary Stewart grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. After high school, she earned a BA in Literature, an MED (Reading Education), and an MLS (Library Science). She served in the U.S. Army for four years. She taught high school (English and reading and librarian). She now lives in the mountains of North Carolina where she spends her days writing books for teens.

Longer Bio

Mary Stewart grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania where she got in her fair share of trouble and was sometimes called an Instigator. After college, she served in the U.S. Army as a Korean Linguist, Paratrooper, and PsyOps Specialist. Over the years, she accumulated some degrees—a BA in Literature, an MED (Reading Education), and an MLS (Library Science). Mary taught English and reading and was a librarian (which is a super fun job) in several high schools in North Carolina. She was honored to be a 2020 We Need Diverse Books mentee (YA LGBTQ). She enjoys reading; exploring new places; walking her dog Olive, who does not know how to mind her own business; and doing yoga with her cat Harriet. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina and writes books for teens.

Some things about me

1. I love rain. And storms. A lot.
2. I’m related to science fiction writer Philip K. Dick.
3. I’m an introvert. Which means I like alone time. JOMO!
4. My cat is named after Harriet the Spy. Yes, she is a spy. She also excels at parkour.
5. My dog Olive likes to run-skip with all four legs in the air so she looks like a cartoon.
6. I spent a year learning Korean. My Korean name is Mo Yun Sook. It means Flower Which Rises from The Muck.
7. I’ve kept a diary since I was in 7th grade.
8. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
9. My favorite ice cream is salted caramel from The Hop in Asheville, NC.
10. I am a really terrible singer.


There’s a lot of crazy stuff happening right now. If you’re having a hard time finding a book you want to read, check this out:

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is launching a new campaign today, titled Books UnBanned, to help teens combat the negative impact of increased censorship and book bans in libraries across the country. For a limited time, young adults ages 13 to 21 nationwide, will be able to apply for a free eCard from BPL, unlocking access to the library’s extensive collection of eBooks.

(Brooklyn Public Library)

To apply for the card, teens can send a note to, or via the Library’s s teen-run Instagram account, @bklynfuture. The $50 fee normally associated with out-of-state cards will be waived. Teens are encouraged to share videos, essays, and stories on the importance of intellectual freedom and the impact that book challenges and bans have had on their lives.

BTW, here are some of my favorite books. Maybe you’ll enjoy some of them also.

Frankly in Love
The Brief History of the Dead
City of Ember
The Time Traveler’s Wife
A Thousand Pieces of You
How I Live Now
The Secret History
Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda
More Happy Than Not
The Hate U Give
The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Ten Thousand Doors of January
The Alchemist
Life as We Knew It
The Midnight Library
The Book Thief
Before I Fall
Thirteen Reasons Why
Sea of Tranquility
When You Reach Me
The Testing series
Ready Player One
Firekeeper’s Daughter
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Oona Out of Order
The Age of Miracles
Every Day
The Interestings
Reconstructing Amelia
Eleanor and Park
Genuine Fraud
The Tragedy Paper
White Oleander
Pivot Point

(One of my earliest writings)


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