Friday, 29 April 2011
Me: Young Adult books.
Random person: Er... Are you going to write an adult book?
Random person: Because that means you're a real writer. You'll probably get published quicker with a real book.
Me: *blinks* No. It doesn't work like that. Besides, a real writer writes.
Random person: But why YA?
And that is the question. Why do I write YA novels?
I write YA because those are the voices that come to me. The ones who wake me up in the night. Who want their stories told. They're the stories that interest me. The ones I want to tell. To know. To share. To inspire.
Teenage years are the time things will probably be the most raw. Everything is a first. Everything a discovery. A snapshot in time where, for a moment, you can do whatever you want to do. Be whoever you want to be. To feel. To learn. To love. To live in the moment.
I won't say I'll never write an 'adult' book. I read them. I enjoy them. But, in the end, I think it comes down to this:
"You have to write the book that wants to be written." Madeleine L'Engle
What about you. Why do you write a certain genre?