Monday, April 29, 2013

Why I Chose to Write YA Fiction

Most of you who have known me awhile know me as a Christian romantic comedy writer. I met you through blogging or critiquing, at the ACFW conference or through mutual friends on Facebook. I've written a large handful of inspirational romance novels. So you're probably curious why all the sudden I'm writing YA fiction for the general market. Or maybe why I wrote all those other novels if I was just going to write YA anyway.

If you know me very well, you also know I LOVE to write in more than one genre. But I was trying to be a good girl, sticking to one genre so that when I finally did get published, readers wouldn't get confused, and for branding purposes and all that. Besides, I wanted to write books I believe in and that have a good, clear message.

I also realized there's a part of me that still loves a little whimsy or magic, that likes fantasy and new worlds and young love. I'd been waiting years to really invest time in a young adult novel that would surely clash with what the rest of the writing world knows me for writing about.

But you know what? If you're passionate about writing something, sometimes you just have to go for it. So I did!

Why did I chose to write YA fiction?

Because I love romance, suspense, sometimes a thriller, fantasy, supernatural or paranormal elements, hey--sometimes I even like vampires. I like a happy ending and action and adventure and a chance for good to triumph over evil.

And you know what? Writing for the YA market, I can include any of those topics and more! I can write what I love.

So, I'm curious, why do you write what you do or read what you do? If you're a writer, would you ever abandon the genre you're currently writing for something else?

14 comments:

  1. I had been writing inspirational romance, but I'm currently writing sweet (clean) romance for the ABA. Sometimes you just have to tell the story that's in your head. I may go back to the Christian market, but right now I'm having fun with something new.

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    1. I think that's great, Julie. It's important to write what you enjoy - it will come across to readers.

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  2. That's fantastic, Cindy! I have a YA on the back burner too. I thinks it's a great idea to change things up. So many authors are writing in various genres.

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    1. That's so true, Jennifer. I say if you can write in more than one genre, do it! I'm interested in that YA - can't wait to see if you end up writing it :)

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  3. Fantastic that you love writing YA. I love reading it. I started with writing upper middle grade fantasy. I'm moving into YA too. I think it's easier to break into publishing as a YA author and I am really enjoying writing YA too. Fantasy is my genre and I'll probably stick to it.

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    1. YA is so fun to write, isn't it? Fantasy is a great genre, and an intimidating one as well, if you haven't written it before. I can't wait to see your books out there someday!

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  4. I couldn't agree more, I love writing YA! I think you made a good choice :D

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    1. Why, thank you! I think I made a good choice, too :) Yes, writing YA has been so fun so far!

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  5. I've been writing YA but I have a couple of romance novel ideas. Maybe I'll get to them some day, idk.

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    1. Romance is fun, too. I hope you get the chance to write one of those ideas :)

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  6. This is a really good topic. Many writers simply have different interests, and write in different genres because they choose to. I've always wanted to write Horror, but it's a very hard sell when YA Contemp and YA Fantasy are all people seem to want. So I worked my way up, getting braver with every ms. First, I wrote an MG UF, then a YA Dark Fantasy, and finally a YA Horror. I loved that book most of all. For my next book, I think I'm going to write NA Horror.
    You must write what you love. :-)

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    1. That sounds like a challenging genre to write, but it's definitely fun to read! Good luck with that NA horror manuscript! Hopefully I get the chance to read something of yours soon!

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  7. A lot of writers delve into other genres. You have to write the one that calls hardest to you.
    I enjoy reading fantasy and would like to write it someday, but I know how much goes into world building and that's not my strength. At the moment, I'm sticking with my science fiction - space opera.

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  8. It's great to hear that you love what you do! That's really rare. Keep up the good work.

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