In this episode I talk with Mia Siegert and we talk about
Olympic Horse Jumping, MFA's, Adjunct Professors, professional
hockey, internet hook ups, and other things.
Even though they're identical, Tristan isn't close to his twin
Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a
room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, the brothers begin to
feel the weight of each other's lives on the ice, and off. Tristan
starts seeing his twin not as a hockey star whose shadow Tristan
can't escape, but a struggling gay teen terrified about coming out
in the professional sports world. Robbie's future in the NHL is
plagued by anxiety and the mounting pressure from their dad, coach,
and scouts, while Tristan desperately fights to create his own
future, not as a hockey player but a musical theatre performer. As
their season progresses and friends turn out to be enemies, Robbie
finds solace in an online stranger known only as "Jimmy2416."
Between keeping Robbie's secret and saving him from taking his
life, Tristan is given the final call: sacrifice his dream for a
brother he barely knows, or pursue his own path. How far is Robbie
willing to go—and more importantly, how far is Tristan willing to
go to help him?
Mia Siegert received her MFA from Goddard College and her BA from
Montclair State University where she won Honorable Mention in the
2009 English Department Awards for fiction. Her debut JERKBAIT will
be released May 2016 by Jolly Fish Press. Siegert has been
published in Clapboard House, Word Riot, The Limn Literary &
Arts Journal, as well as a few other small presses.
Siegert currently works as an adjunct professor and a costume
designer. She enjoys riding horses and watching hockey.