Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Why Do You Write for Young Readers?
Last month I asked, "Why Do You Blog?" and your answers were really interesting. This next question is, "Why Do You Write for Young Readers?" It certainly isn't a new one for any of us who glue ourselves to the seat of our computer chairs and create stories, but I love to hear the reasons. They are usually similar, but always have a unique twist--we're a varied group, that's for sure.
So, I'll start.
I think my answer is somewhat like my answer to "Why Do You Blog?" because in both cases I started for one reason and ended up continuing for another. I wanted to write a book about a troubled teen for others like her or for others who might know someone like her. I wanted my teen to not only survive and overcome a lot of bad stuff, I wanted her to find her heart and her direction in life. I thought that if she could succeed, others who read her story might find the courage to do so as well. Actually, I had writing one book in mind and then I'd take something like a trip around the world. :D
Now, I'm hooked. I love writing about and for teens who are troubled or working through life issues or growing into adulthood as we all must. This writing has introduced me so many wonderful people of all ages and all backgrounds. I've learned how much I don't know about my craft and the highs and lows of being a published YA author. I'm enjoying the experience. I'm enjoying YA literature. I'm enjoying the authors. So my short answer is: I'm enjoying myself -- a lot.
Now it's your turn. Why do you write for young readers?