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The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester

THE MANY HALF-LIVED LIVES OF SAM SYLVESTER by Maya MacGregor, about an autistic genderqueer protagonist who leaves an intolerant school for a new high school with the support of their loving father, finding a Rainbow Club and accepting friends, all of whom must come together to solve the decades-old mystery of the murder of a teenage boy and confront Sam’s own fears of early death, to Jes Negrón at Boyds Mills Press, for publication in Fall 2020, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World English).

A Bit About Maya

Maya MacGregor is an agender, autistic author who lives in Glasgow, Scotland with two delightful cats. Maya likes starshine, fairy lights, and the way the wind tastes near the Irish Sea. Their pronouns are they/them, just like Sam’s.


They are a fluent Gaelic speaker (Scottish).

Maya is a Gaelic singer.

Their right pinky doesn’t straighten out and is mostly decorative. 😉 (It’s a tendon thing–but they type nine-fingered just fine!)

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You can find Maya on Twitter and Instagram as Maigheach (the closest Gaelic word to Maya–it means hare!), where they tweet a lot of sgudal (nonsense) and IG a lot of pictures of beautiful Scotland.

The amazing cover art above was created by Lauren Franklin.


Maya MacGregor is an author, singer, and artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Maya is active in many community activities in Gaelic music, writing contemporary YA and adult fiction (as Emmie Mears and M Evan MacGriogair). Maya has a degree in history and is passionate about marginalised people deserving to see themselves in stories. Their pronouns are they/them.

Maya writes the stories for teens they wish had existed when they were younger and fills them with the type of people who have always populated their world.

THE MANY HALF-LIVED LIVES OF SAM SYLVESTER is Maya’s first contemporary YA novel, and they are working on another they hope to share with you soon.

Like Sam, Maya is autistic. Also like Sam, Maya spent much of life learning to mask autistic behaviours. Some of Maya’s special interests are:

Gaelic (which you can now learn on Duolingo!)
Dragon Age (especially Dragon Age Inquisition!)
Gaelic song and poetry


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