Welcome to another edition of the blog chain. And this time, it ends with my take on the subject. Margie started us off with this question:
How did you come to write your YA genre (e.g. contemp, fantasy, etc.)? AND (yep, it’s a 2 parter), if you weren’t writing that, what genre would you be interested in exploring?
Let me start by saying that I really have no idea why I started writing YA of all things. I just know that my first character to take over my thoughts and demand that I write her story down was a young adult. Of course, I tried to make her a college freshman – something entirely too hard to place in the current market. Oh well, mistakes of a newbie.
After writing her story, I was hooked on the pacing of YA in general. I like both contemporary “issue” books (probably because of my work in schools) as well as paranormal/gothic/dark fantasy stuff. Bottom line – I love writing YA.
But I don’t always write YA. I also write nonfiction parenting books AND advice books for kids. These are very different to write. Enjoyable – but different. In truth, they appeal to the more educational side to me, where the fiction appeals to my creative side.
I’m not sure that I would explore genres NOT related to kids – though I have been asked to do this before. I just feel so in tune with kidlit – whether I’m writing a YA novel, or advice for tweens, or helping parents…it is all kid centered.
I suppose if I tried something different, it would be a mystery. And yes, it would be a YA mystery. HA!
For more on this topic, check out Kat who posted yesterday.
Your turn…why do YOU write what you write???