Hi there. I realize I haven't posted on here in a while and probably don't contribute much to this board but I could use your advice regarding a project that I've been outlining. It's entitled A Place Without Sun and my pitch for it is as follows: a twisted coming of age high school romance involving rock music, immigration and a metamorphosis that changes not only the person who initiated it. Specifically, its plot follows the Ian, bassist for a local nü metal band who's looking for a guitarist. He's at lunch one day and finds someone sitting against a vending machine all alone. He strikes up a conversation with the girl, whose name is Kim, and finds out that her family just recently emigrated from Sweden and she doesn't know anyone. He invites her to a band practice and to make a long story short the two develop feelings for each other, Ian finds out that Kim was born a male but identifies as a girl, Ian burns her a mix CD as a token of his affection, her parents find it, and her parents try to send her to some whackjob rehab facility run by a corrupt church. Needless to say, Kim's parents' plan fails miserably and the story concludes with the band getting a major label contract and Kim beginning her transition with Ian as her boyfriend forever. What I need are some sources to help me create a realistic premise and characterization. Be they first-hand accounts or fictional narratives, I would greatly value any input you have. Firstly I would like to craft a transgendered character in a way that is realistic but not over-the-top. I will admit that I do not understand everything there is to know about the transgendered experience, being a cis male myself, but I fully sympathize with the struggles that people have to go through on a daily basis. I could use some help in this regard. Specifically I want to employ the narrative of Kim being the child of two conservative, fundamentalist parents. (If you want a measure of how bigoted these people are, one of the reasons they cite as to why they left Sweden for the 'States is that their home country has become, as they word it, an "egalitarian Babylon".) Also I would like to touch upon the social dynamics and interpersonal relations of members in a rock band. I have drafted nebulous and vague personalities of each of the members, for example one is a silent but intelligent type, the singer is passionate and eloquent in his expression, and the drummer could be described as "honest but fair" and "tells it like it is". In order to add more depth to this novel I think I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this element. That's about all I have left. If you would like to know any more about this project please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have, and I'll answer them to the best of my ability. If I don't have an answer yet, then that's probably for the better because it will prompt me to come up with one that I can incorporate into the story.