Thanks to Nova Ren Suma, I am immersing myself in YA novels this week. After reading her post, I went to the library with a list of titles she had mentioned and came home with this:
You should know that I write adult fiction. It never occurred to me to write anything else. When I was at a writing workshop and a classmate asked if I had ever considered writing YA, the answer was no, even though many of my responses to the writing prompts featured, well, young adults. Even now, my novel-in-stories, follows a girl from age eight into adulthood. After being carried away by Laura Kasischke’s “Feathered” I am beginning to suspect that I may have some YA novels lurking in the shadows, waiting for me to finally acknowledge them.
So, the topic for this week’s Salon is two-fold:
1. Did you naturally gravitate toward a particular genre/age group or do you write for more than one?
2. What makes a novel adult vs. YA? It can’t just be the sage of the protagonist. Janet Fitch and Curtis Sittendfeld have both written about teenage girls but they are not considered YA.
Please leave comments below or a link to your own blog where you muse on this particular topic.