Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What's New in YA? Mashups!

This is a great article for writers and readers alike on what new trends are hitting in YA.

Ironically, I wrote NAUSAARI a light sci-fi/fantasy with historical elements about 2 years ago and was told it had two many genres to be sellable and that it needs to fit into just one. After reading this, I clearly need to pull that puppy from the shelf and make it purrtty, so I can show it to my agent.

I have to say one of the things I love best about being a YA writer and reader is that like young adults/teens, it is ever changing and often surprising. GO YA!!!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Has a character ever inspired you to be better or do more? 

If the answer is yes, please take the time to share which character inspires you and why. It can be any character—one you wrote or read about, or watched in a movie.

My favorite part about connecting with a character is when I find myself wanting to be more like them. That doesn't necessarily mean I want to look or act like them, or live how they live. It's more like I might want to be stronger in ways they are. Or I might want to have more patience like the character, or be quieter, or louder, or bolder, or braver. 

Today I challenge you to name a character you admire and why!

I'll start it!

At this time, I'd have to say the character I'm most inspired by is Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars. She's brave, kind, and courageous in ways that make me want to be a better person.   

Now you go!!!!!!