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Genre: YA Magical Mystery
What Are You Reading?
In college, if you had told me that I would be writing a Young Adult novel at the age of 38, I would have laughed and reminded you that I was going to be a playwright. Playwrights wrote plays, not YA fiction.
It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy Young Adult Lit. I had read a great deal of YA in elementary, middle and high school. I lived on The Cat Ate My Gymsuit and Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade. R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike were my heroes my freshman year of high school. But I hadn’t read a YA book in all four years of college and I had all but forgotten it was a genre.
I’d spent most of those years studying theater, reading plays or books for English courses. I went to a small school so we didn’t have any fancy classes, just the bare-bones basics of American Lit, European Lit, and occasionally World Lit. There were no in depth studies of genres. So, reading any book that could be described as “pleasure reading” kind of went out the window.
After college, my reading and writing continued in the same vain. I went to film school and added screenwriting to my playwriting and art films to my viewing library. Then I met my husband and he dragged me kicking and screaming into reading and watching science fiction. I found I liked it. A LOT.
The economy tanked in my early thirties and I left the film world behind and began a more steady career in customer service. My first gig was working in a call center and that’s where I met a few people who changed my reading habits forever. I’d already added science fiction but hadn’t really delved into any other genre. Rachael and Jolean introduced me to Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult literature. I devoured The Hunger Games. I tore threw Sookie Stackhouse novels. This is also where I discovered Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. My life has never been the same.
I started writing my first book at age 33 and my first YA novel at the age of 36. At 38, I’m working on the second in the series. As I grow older, what I’m realizing is that it’s okay to read for fun, that it’s okay to enjoy every word and feel hooked and want to live in a world that is completely fantastical and fun. As an adult, I’m learning how to enjoy myself in a way I never did as a kid. I hope I keep meeting new people who open my eyes to new ways of seeing the world. The past decade has been completely enriching. I only regret not remembering to read for fun sooner.
And writing fun stories? Best decision you could ever make, at any age. Here’s to writing YA at 38 and beyond!
I’m a writer and improviser. I studied acting in college but spent more time rewriting lines than memorizing them. My first play, Fourth Wall, was produced my junior year. Since then, I’ve written several full length plays, one acts, and screenplays. I started writing fiction in my late twenties. Now, I focus mainly on novels but still dabble in theater.
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