Ryan Heller is a writer and art director living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He recently completed King of Stars, an inspiring memoir about his journey with addiction, sexuality and growing up. Ryan writes regularly for his blog TwelveOneFive, which centers around themes of recovery, acceptance, identity and that stuff we call ‘being human’.
An inspiring memoir by Ryan Heller, King of Stars is the journey of a young boy balancing worlds of light and dark as he discovers himself by losing himself along the way. A modern coming of age story, King of Stars shines light on the uncomfortable. On situations often left hidden in shadow. A raw and honest account of sexual identity, addiction and growing up.
It is a voice for anyone who is searching, hiding, or standing still.
-King of Stars
TwelveOneFive is a blog about that stuff we call ‘being human’. Stories of transformation and hope, stories of loss and fear. It’s about the good days and the growth days, the light and the dark.
But most of all, TwelveOneFive is honest, it is raw, and it proves we are never alone.
Her scream is shrill but no one hears. Her slap violent, but against her own cheek the pain offers comfort. Shards of glass line the floor. Blood like confetti on the porcelain sink streak toward checkered linoleum, where red footprints map her erratic pacing. Patches of blonde hair mix with blood, strands of white…Read
Kelsey Burns takes her place center stage amidst an auditorium of red velvet chairs. Vacant. But nonetheless, hers. Her theatre. Her spotlight. House lights cast a dreamless view of empty seats, an amber glow against a sea of red—one row after another after another. The girl perpetually cast in a supporting role, somehow forgettable…Read
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