Jesse was my first Lesbian character to ever be born years before I actually came out. One of my reasons for shelving the book for so long was that I didn’t actually know if Jesse would be a credible Lesbian since I wasn’t out at the time, I was buried well-deep inside my closet in fear of coming out. I was also a virgin! I grew up in a houseful of brothers. I wrote the book in secret, mostly at night in my bedroom, or when everyone was out of the way doing their own thing and not interested in what their daughter/sibling was doing. It held all my secret desires inside its pages for many years. I wonder how many of us actually wrote down our secret thoughts and whether any of us revealed them to the world as I did here with American Dream?