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Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner will collaborate on a debut YA novel.

Co-written with Carlyn Greenwald, author of teen and adult romance, horror, and fantasy, Time out will tell the story of Barclay Elliot, a famous high school basketball player from a small town in Georgia. After Barclay decides to go gay at his school’s big rally, he faces unexpected hostility, becomes at odds with his team, and doesn’t have his grandfather back. like he did before.

After Barclay’s best friend, Amy, takes him to her suffrage group, believing it can help him find “greater purpose,” he meets the “frightening, fearless” Christopher scared, undeniably handsome.” “He and Barclay were never the biggest fans of each other, but as Barclay began to uncover the parts of himself he was hiding from, they found they might have more in common than they initially thought, “the description of the book reads. “As the spark turned into something more, however, Barclay had to decide if he was ready to cope with the privilege and fame that had sheltered him all his life. Will he be able to hit the love he fought for in the first place? ”

Hayes and Milliner, longtime friends from college and business partners working under their production company Hazy Mills Productions, hope readers “will read this book and laugh, cry a little, and I can see a little bit of myself in the story.”

“We grew up very different people solving the same problems,” Hayes and Milliner said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m gay and don’t know who to tell. Not sure how to live authentically. Time out is an age-old story about acceptance, living on your own terms, and possibly just a hint of wish fulfillment from our own lives. “

While the two discuss their experiences growing up gay in the small town, the conversation eventually leads to Time out. “We thought about what would happen if we knew each other then. What would that dynamic look like, and why don’t we tell a story that explores this relationship? Two gay people in two very different circumstances. We then advanced the idea by making the state’s #1 athlete gay and what that would do to the team, school, town, state, and most importantly, relationships. his personal system,” they said.

Carlyn Greenwald

Carlyn Greenwald

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Time out was planned to be developed into a television series by Hazy Mills Productions.

“We feel optimistic that the country is getting closer and closer to universal acceptance, but we still have a long way to go,” they continued. “We all want to be accepted, especially as we grow up. We hope this story helps push the bar towards acceptance for all. Time out covers these topics and we are happy to contribute to the storytelling of all young people. ”

When joining forces with Hayes and Milliner, Greenwald said, “I love working with Sean and Todd. It was interesting to expand on Barclay and the cast of characters’ inner lives. There is a real collaborative effort. The book was really well-formed – combining all of our strengths to make a great story. “

“I hope teenagers have fun with the book and feel like seeing Barclay struggle with identity, pain, and trying to love a place that doesn’t always welcome you with open arms,” Greenwald said. more. “Plus, it’s hard Not The origin of the love story of Barclay and Christopher. I’ve always loved the romances the central characters go through; Their happy ending feels especially hopeful and special. Time out It’s a truly beautiful, comprehensive book, and I hope readers will experience all sorts of emotions while reading it. “

Time out will release on May 2, 2023.

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