The Top 5 Things I Love About Writing for YA
Now ... TKA generously invited me to contributed to their YA Week here on this blog, and despite being a bit loopy on Benadryl (helloooooo, springtime pollens!) I will do my level best to be coherent, concise, and hopefully amusing. (Actually, the Benadryl may help with that last bit, I’m thinking. Or ... possibly not. If so, sorry! Blame the allergies.)
Someone asked me in a recent interview what I loved about writing for a YA audience. Being someone who thinks better with my fingers on a keyboard than, you know, with actual speaking words coming out of my mouth, I couldn't think of much. And you don’t get do-overs on the phone, darn it.
But now I have another chance! Will try to be, as aforementioned, coherent, concise, and – whatever that other thing was. Thank you, Benadryl!
The top 5 things I love about writing for YA ...
5. Making sense of it all. High school was hard, but who gets the last laugh? The YA author gets to re-create high school and make sense of it, once and for all. Considerable therapeutic value can be had, not to mention a whole lot of fun.
4. A better class of giveaway. Honestly, I find so many cool ideas for giveaways in the YA world ... Temporary tattoos! iPods with custom skins! Glow-in-the-dark jewelry! FUN! I thought I’d reached the height of promotional fun with custom umbrellas, but noooooo ... there’s a lot more out there.
3. Remembering what I loved about high school and college. It wasn’t just about bullies and mean girls; there were wonderful moments of friendship and love that I think are difficult to experience in the same intensity once you’re mired down with adult concerns. There’s something magical and lyrical about those early strong emotions – the first person you really love, the friends you bond with like a new family. And for my young adult stories, I get to revisit those moments, which is a complete pleasure.
2. Myspace! Yes, I love Myspace. It’s crazy, loud, and bizarre at times, but I still love it ... and if I hadn’t starting writing young adult books, I probably wouldn’t have had an excuse to dive in.
1. BEST. FANS. EVER. OMG. I love my adult readers, but there is nothing in the world like getting a message from someone who has just discovered the magic of reading. My YA fans are so excited and enthusiastic that it makes it a total pleasure to open email every day.
Okay. I’m pretty sure the Benadryl’s starting to wear off, and I don’t want to outstay my welcome ... thanks very much for letting me stop in today, fine TKA folks! I’m delighted to be part of the team. Happy YA Week, everybody!
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