These are five reasons why I write contemporary YA and MG fiction:
♥ When I began writing in 2009 I was feeling pretty down, and finally here came these characters who understood. Writing about ordinary boys and girls facing real life situations is kind of like therapy for me.
♥ My high school years weren't my best years, and through my writing I get to re-imagine those years. They usually include boys and lots of kissing.
♥ Real life teens are just as extraordinary and can do extraordinary things, too.
♥ I think these are the stories I enjoyed most as a kid. Although I did love fantasy and science fiction as well, I enjoyed reading books about kids like me. Those girls and boys were my role models.
♥ I write contemporary fiction simply because it suits my natural voice, and I enjoy beautiful writing in the most natural of settings.
As always, happy writing!
And for you guys who haven't heard, SCBWI just launched their On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award for writers and illustrators from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally underrepresented in children's literature in America. If you're interested you can find out more here.