I love Young Adult fiction. I mean I'm twenty-five and any time someone says my age it's usually followed by 'going on forty' but I love teen fiction. I love reading it, writing it, blogging it.
I think because when you’re a teen… anything seems possible. Life really is just beginning and we see life as a long, mysterious road with countless weird and wonderful pit stops along the way. It’s a fragile and exceptional time in our lives and for a writer it’s a place of imagined possibility. I love writing about teens that other teens can relate to in some way, and better yet, look up to. To write heroines who, like all of us, succumb to huge crushes and fall in love, but more importantly discover themselves and find peace in who they are as they step out of teen life and into the ‘grown up’ world. My obsession with the paranormal of course dictates that these heroines aren’t your average teens but then… I never met an average teen when I was a teen and I certainly haven’t yet. Plus… teens are witty and stubborn and sometimes so on the mark and sometimes so off the cuff. They tend to view the world by the way that their life has been shaped thus far by the people they’ve grown up with. It’s usually in your late teens that you start experiencing situations outside your original social group and experiencing new people. You begin to see the world differently… or at least begin to ask a lot more questions about it. I want to write about that. I want my readers (if they’re teens) to see that it’s just part of the process; it can be scary and strange but it’s inevitable and usually a good thing. And if my readers are older, hopefully they get it and can relate. It’s great to see a character begin as someone and by the end of a novel or a series develop and be shaped by the events that have occurred. Because that’s what happens. Every day. One minute we’re someone and then something small or momentous happens and before we know it… we’re someone else. For me there is nothing so fascinating, heartbreaking, exciting and poignant as those moments. As teens trying to find themselves these moments are so much more powerful.
And thus great reading.
So... yeah... that's why :-)
P.S. On a less philosophical note... Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh #1) is now available from Barnes & Noble and Diesel Ebooks.
Oh and 7 Days until Blood Past, Warriors of Ankh Book Two!