17
MAY
2011

Story first

The purpose of young adult literature is often twofold: to tell a story, and to send a message, usually in the form of a much-needed lesson. This is the first line of a recent New York Times Sunday Book Review by Lisa Belkin. The article reviewed two YA novels about abusive...
15
MAR
2011

Abandoning a book

I put down a book the other day. I tried to like it; I really did. I gave it a lot of chances, but in the end, I chose to abandon it for a different read. There are just too many books on my TBR list and far too little time in each day for me to spend hours struggling through a...
30
SEP
2010

Writing for young adults

I never intended to write a young adult novel. Truthfully, my first novel (which I wrote over cheap NFL jerseys a year ago now), was originally geared toward adults. Then somewhere in the be middle of writing it, things started to shift, the target audience slowly change. This is...