Margie, whose absolutely amazing book INCONVENIENT comes out in like 2 months!
So Margie wants to know: How did you come to write your YA genre (e.g. contemp, fantasy, etc.)? AND (yep, it’s a 2 parter), if you weren’t writing that, what genre would you be interested in exploring?
I'll tell you what, I came to YA completely by accident. Growing up, I read a ton of science fiction and fantasy. I mean, I jumped right from stuff like The Chronicles of Narnia and the Dark is Rising sequence into books by Terry Brooks and Robert Jordan. I was reading those around age ten and I kept up that trend until my early twenties. It wasn't until I read Harry Potter that I realized how great YA had become.
Because my influences were mostly sci-fi/fantasy, that's mostly what I wrote. The thing is, I was really bad at them. I did write some contemp realistic stories when I was in college, but when I dreamed of writing books, it was always some epic sword and sorcery fantasy.
A couple of years ago when I decided to try to take my writing seriously one last time before giving up the dream, I decided I wanted to write YA. But even my first attempts at YA blended fantasy with realism. Kids started out in the real world but ended up in a fantastical one. When the idea for Deathday came to me, I didn't specifically think that I was going to be writing a contemporary realistic novel. But it turned out that it was a genre that I was comfortable in and that I was pretty good at.
I'm actually exploring different genres all the time (much to my agent's chagrin :o) ) because I think YA allows for that kind of experimentation. I think that so long as I hold onto the things that are uniquely me, that readers will give me some leeway. But I'd still like to try epic fantasy. I know that epic fantasy is on the decline, but I spent so much of my youth reading about it, that I feel I might have something to contribute. It's the world building that gets me every time. It's tough and I have so much admiration for people who can create worlds from scratch. ONe of my favorites is the world of David Eddings. He's pretty darn brilliant in my opinion.
I'd also like to write an adult book. Not because I think there's anything wrong with writing YA...in fact I think that YA is the literary frontier right now. But I'd like to bring some of that whimsical fun over to the adult side and see what I could do with it.
But even if I never write in any other genre, I'm still totally happy.
Man, I shouldn't blog before breakfast. So, hey! Go check out what genre the awesome Michelle loves and what she'd like to try, and then head over to Abby's blog tomorrow and see what genre she uses her amazing gift in.