Syracuse, NY—Today Elliott DeLine announces the title of his upcoming novella: ‘I Know Very Well How I Got My Name.’ It is scheduled for release May 1st 2013, online at Createspace and The presale period is April 1st through 7th. (Click here to pre-order!)

I Know Very Well How I Got My Name a prequel to DeLine’s critically acclaimed novel Refuse. It follows transgender protagonist Dean from kindergarten to high school and centers on his troubled relationship with a girl named Amy Wagner.

Last August, DeLine started a Kickstarter to fund his writing of the book. He wrote, “This book will be largely focused on abuse, and the prevailing myths about the fixed roles of the anatomy and identities involved.” The book was ignited by DeLine’s skepticism of the recent anti-gay-bullying rhetoric, as well as his frustration with the narrow scope of many rape-prevention campaigns.

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About the Novella


The night he loses his virginity, he becomes Dean. Amy Wagner names him—and she would know best. Amy knows all kinds of things that Dean doesn’t understand—things about sex, music, and the darker side of life. All Dean knows is his safe suburban home with his parents,books, and imaginary games. Until now, he’s been able to hide his true identity, even from himself. To the rest of the world, he is a teenage girl—an awkward, boyish teenage girl, but a girl nonetheless. Meeting Amy changes everything. Soon that protected world around him begins to fall apart, and he is left with no option but to face himself and the truth.

I Know Very Well How I Got My Name chronicles Dean’s clumsy progression through the American public school system. It is the 90’s and early 2000’s, in suburban Syracuse, New York—a world in which LGBTQ bullying is not yet a hot topic in schools, and there is little tolerance for outsiders of any kind. A prequel to his critically-acclaimed novel Refuse, Elliott DeLine’s second book is about the prevailing myths surrounding bullying and abuse, and the hardships of being young and transgender without a community or a roadmap. 

About the Author

Elliott DeLine, 24, is the author of the novel Refuse, a finalist for the 2011 LGBT Rainbow Awards. He is contributor to The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, currently up for a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. He lives in Syracuse, NY.