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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ander & Santi Were Here (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Canto Contigo (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Jonny Garza Villa

The American writer Jonny Garza is an author with much to say, creating a style and tone that is very much their own. Speaking and writing about their life and experiences, they really capture something truly unique, interesting, and different. Their perspective is fresh and innovative, often using their own experiences to help inform both them and their work. Writing fictional novels, they largely focus on LGBT titles from a Latinx perspective, set firmly in the Young Adult contemporary brand.

This isn’t to say that their work can’t be enjoyed by a wider audience though, as the universality of their themes are something to really be admired. Appreciated by readers from all over the world, their work has seen them go on to become a household name, reaching the bookshelves of many. Writing in an accessible and open style, they really have a way with words that’s quite unlike anything else. Instantly grabbing the reader, they keep them there, with their intriguing premise, and not letting up until the final page.

Inspired by their own identity and who they are, they speak from the heart, creating stories that really stand the test of time. Coming from a Mexican American household, they speak in a direct manner that’s achieved them not only critical acclaim, but bestselling status too. Their characters are also very well drawn, establishing a very real presence upon the page that definitely leaves an impact upon the reader. With lots more to come still, their writing isn’t finishing any time soon, as they continue both onwards and upwards.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Mexico, Jonny Garza Villa would be raised upon the Gulf Coast, as they held a fascination in all things literature from an early age. Interested in exploring themselves and their outlook, they would go on to become a prominent member of the LGBT community, something which would heavily inspire their writing. Along with this their Latinx culture and Mexican roots would also be an integral part to their identity, which they’d explore through their work.

All of this would see them becoming a hugely influential author in time, allowing them to speak to their experience. Creating an approach that was entirely unique to them, they’d continue to develop both their style and their voice on the page. Still writing to this day, there is much planned for in the future, as they’ll carry on writing for many years yet.

Writing Career

The fist book they would write was titled ‘Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun’ and it would be a Young Adult novel. It would feature many themes and ideas that were important to them, many of which would go on to shape their writing career throughout the years to follow. Looking to represent young Latinx people through their work, they’ve managed to shine a light on an otherwise overlooked area in Young Adult literature.

Gaining awards and acclaim from critics and readers alike, they’ve managed to spark the interest of many around the world. Maintaining a presence both online and off, they regularly communicate with their fans, keeping them continually updated. With their writing career going from strength-to-strength, they’ll be continuing to develop and grow as a writer with something to say.

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

Originally coming out in 2021 on the 8th of June, this was first released through the ‘Skyscape’ publishing imprint. A Young Adult book with a positive LGBT theme, it’s an enjoyable read for all ages, with an interesting story that will resonate with everyone. Not a part of any series as such, it’s a stand-alone title with a self-contained narrative, and it would also be Villa’s first book.

This features a strong and positive uplifting message at the heart of it about coming out and being true to oneself. It’s a well told and powerfully written story with a lot to say, as it’s a creative novel with multiple layers running throughout. Vibrant and lively, it captures the attention of the reader straight away, creating a compelling narrative that’s both easy and fun to follow.

Looking to get into UCLA, Julián Luna has only the one goal of graduating, focusing himself on it, as he aims to move on from Corpus Christi in Texas. Then coming out of the closet with one impulsive tweet, the life of Julián is turned upside down, as he steels himself for rejection. That’s when Mat messages him from Los Angeles, and the two of them gain feelings for each other, despite being so far apart. Will they ever be able to become an item? Can Julián deal with the issues he now faces at home? What will become of them both as they find themselves fifteen hundred miles from the Sun?

Ander and Santi Were Here

Released a few years after his first book, this would be Jonny Garza Villa’s second novel, as they would go on to publish another story. It’s a stand-alone fiction book that’s grounded in reality, dealing with various different issues, and takes place in San Antonio. Inspired in part by Villa’s own life and experiences, Villa casts their eye on a whole new story, making for a highly engaging read.

Aimed at a Young Adult audience, it’s a creative and well written story with a lot of imagination, speaking directly to the reader. With LGBT themes, it’s a positive story that really opens the reader’s eyes, with a great degree of insight and sensitivity. There’s a lot for the reader to enjoy here, as it’s compellingly told, really bringing the story to life for the audience.

Living in neighborhood of Santos Vista of San Antonio, Ander Lopez has known only of life living in Texas. Then there’s Santiago Garcia who’s a waiter working at Lupe’s, and is hired by the grandmother of Ander, as Ander immediately has a crush on Santi. With a relationship growing between them both, Ander then realizes Santi is undocumented, and they set about building a life together. Can they both hope to build a new life? Where will their journey take them? What will happen after Ander and Santi were here?

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