What inspired you to write YA?
--I've always written YA, even when I thought I was writing books for grown ups full of teh seriousness. They were, um, not at all full of seriousness, teh or otherwise, and despite me thinking they were aimed at adults, they were always about teenagers and had YA voice to them. So basically YA is just what comes out—even if it took me a while to realize it.
But boy do I love YA! When I was a teen, I went straight from MG to adult books and totally missed out on the teen books. But now that I'm an adult (I have a shower curtain that matches my hand towels to prove it) I can't get enough of books for teens. YA and MG are great ages to both read and write for—they incorporate a lot of genres and you can have a lot of fun with them, and the audience is great. Teen book bloggers have been super supportive of me and my book, and I've enjoyed getting to talk to and meet with them. The YA section at the store or the library is the section with the most books I'm going to actually want to read, that have fun voices and aren't trying to prove anything.
And even if I missed out on the YA section when I was a teen, I did a lot of writing back then. It's really cool now to be able to talk to aspiring teen writers and tell them it's important and that they can succeed. I guess it's a pet peeve of mine to hear someone talk about how they're “going” to write a novel someday, after college or after they backpack across Europe or whatever. And there's nothing wrong with those things, but people make excuses or think there's some stereotypical time to start writing novels. There's not, but writing does take a LOT of practice, and it's good to start building those butt in chair, fingers on keyboard discipline skills as soon as possible. Seeing the world might give you more experiences, which is good, but it's not going to magically turn you into a good writer. So my point is basically, if you want to write, do it now, even though it's scary. It will never not be scary to get started, but it will get easier with practice.
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