is writing her first novel
Recently reading a 2013 article about The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Authors and its contents lead me to reflect on my experience of what makes YA.
The article considers what I think we all appreciate, that YA is not defined solely by whether it’s main characters are teens. Rather, the novel must actually sees the world through teen eyes. This is certainly what I am doing in my novel, grounding it deeply in a teenage point of view.
John Green’s The Fault in our Stars is mentioned in the article, and I loved this novel. As the article comments, our identification with YA stories is based on their emotional truth, regardless of whether it is the sweet falling in love of Hazel and Gus or the decisions that Katnis has to make, in circumstances outside our experience, but very identifiable none-the-less.
The final suggestion made is about getting input from real teenagers about your writing and in this area I have a definite head start with my two teenage daughters.
Now if only I can get my novel ready for them to review while they are still teenagers.
Got a go!