Lisa here from the BWR team! Today we have the pleasure of having Barbara Pietron, Young Adult author, as a guest here on the BWR blog! I asked Barbara to share her thoughts today on relating to Young Adult fiction as an adult. After all, YA is not just for teens any more! This topic interested me both as a reader and a writer of YA fiction, so I wanted to hear her thoughts!
For those who are not familiar with Barbara, here is some info about her:
About the Author:
A lifetime love of books and the written word convinced Barbara to choose writing as a second career. She began by writing non-fiction for magazines and achieved both regional and national publication. This success was all she needed to encourage her to complete a novel. Her first manuscript was a beneficial learning experience along with critiques, books, contests, and blogs. Barbara sees Thunderstone as only the beginning; she has two other novels in the works and has started a Thunderstone sequel. When not reading or writing, she likes to walk, garden, and sew. She works in a library and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their cat—who often acts like a dog.
Visit her at her website.
So here is what she has to say about Adults and YA.
Relating to Young Adult Fiction as an Adult by Barbara Pietron
I think all adults can relate to young adult fiction on some level—I mean, we’ve all been there, right?
As a reader, young adult fiction takes me back to what it was like when life was a nearly empty canvas; a vague pencil sketch that could develop into anything. So many new experiences waited to be encountered. The possibilities were scary and exciting—usually at the same time. Many of my memories from that time are amazing. Others are bittersweet. Some are downright painful to recollect. But somehow I persevered and life’s experiences molded me into who I am today.
As a writer of young adult fiction, I try to put myself back into that mindset, and remember that my characters don’t have the benefit of the many lessons I’ve learned. Their reactions to new experiences will be dramatic. A first date or first kiss is going to be awkward. First jobs are often tedious. Taking responsibility for themselves is overwhelming. Though they may put on a brave face, teenagers are usually unsure, looking for approval from their friends, parents, or teachers. And rarely can a young person simply run off on their own adventures, they are accountable to parents or guardians; they go to school. To make sure my characters are realistic, my stories include some of the turmoil, responsibilities, and insecurities of real life—even if the character is saving the world!
So I love to read young adult fiction and recapture events and emotions from my past. But I also love to write young adult fiction, because when I see through my character’s eyes, I imagine a future full of possibilities.
Wow~! I can agree with so much of that. I also write YA, as well as devouring the written word at every turn. I tend to lean more toward reading YA, myself, so I love seeing other adults who feel the same way.
A bit about Barbara’s work:
Scribe Publishing Company (November 12, 2013)
Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota with her family. The guy, Ice, turns out to be the local medicine man’s apprentice, and when he tells Jeni she’s connected to the spirit world, her first instinct is to run. But after Ice’s stories of a mythical underwater monster—that Jeni allegedly released—prove true, she realizes it’s up to her to contain the beast. Jeni must first convince herself that she’s able, and then save the locals, Ice, and ultimately herself. (262pp, ISBN# 9781940368917)
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Heart of Ice:
When sixteen-year-old Ice is visited by an evil spirit, his medicine man training warns him that things aren’t right in his quiet Northern Minnesota town. His suspicions prove true when he’s attacked by a Windigo—a human turned monster by a compulsive hunger for human flesh—and he soon discovers that a bad medicine charm is being used to spread the Windigo curse. The hunt is on to find the charm and the person using it before the town is overrun by cannibalistic monsters. Although the pieces of the puzzle come together to form an impossible conclusion, one which will challenge traditional belief and question numerous ritualistic items, Ice knows he must still reveal the truth. Because there are worse monsters than Windigos.
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ABOUT BARBARA’S FALL RELEASE:
As a soulshifter, Jack volunteers to rescue a girl from the underworld so he can secure the future he’s always dreamed of. Although the hazards of his mission multiply and his assured fate loses its luster, he can’t back out—he must save the girl or die trying. But he soon discovers that nothing in the dark realm is black and white…and the Lord of Souls is always willing to bargain.
Note: There is currently a contest to title this book. Voting on the final options for titles ends Feb 28, and then a final title will be determined. Following this process, work on a cover will be the next step.
In the next few days (up to Feb 28, 2015) you can go here to vote on titles.
And now for a little excitement! There is an amazing giveaway!!!!!! Who doesn’t like winning stuff, right?