Not YA (“Young Adult”)

I had not been doing much writing since I finished the free short travel story earlier this April. During our global “quarantine” I had been doing far more reading. But now I have started to get back to grappling with the planned Tomorrow The Grace eventual follow up…

[Photo April 28, 2020. All text Copyright me, 2020. Click to expand.]

That – or at least some of that – may make it into that hopefully next book. There is no secret formula to novel-writing. It is always simply about writing and writing much like that… day after day after day.

If you have read Conventions: The Garden At Paris that photographed paragraph above may rings LOTS of bells. By coincidence some days before I wrote that above, I found myself surprised by a single web click. I try to avoid reading reviews, but at a blog I visit regularly I by chance discovered that the blogger had read – which I never knew – Conventions.

I had stumbled into a post in which she shared a couple of brief observations: 1) that she liked the novel and 2) it is more for adults than for younger readers.

[Conventions: The Garden At Paris. The paper manuscript. It was then no longer just an abstraction sitting in a PC. Photo by me, 2017.]

That she liked it is of course pleasing to me. No writer wants a lousy review – especially if you are unprepared to see it. However, it was the latter point – about it being for adults – that intrigued me more.

She actually noticed and voiced what I am always trying to do: to write for adults.

In saying that, I’m not bashing escapism. (We all need some of that sometimes.) Nor am I talking merely in the “adult” sense of sex and violence. (Curiously, though, “violence” now no longer seems to merit an “adult” rating. Some of the worst violence I have seen has been in TV/films rated “15” and even “12”.) I mean simply that while some “advanced” teens may like them, I agree that over-18s may best identify with and “get” lots more that is in my novels; that some “life experience” probably helps:

[Excerpt from Conventions: The Garden At Paris. Paperback version. Copyright, 2017. Click to expand.]

All of my books come from my keyboard, of course, but there are also necessarily gradations of complexity and difficulty among them. For instance, my first three 1990s-set novels are of course “modern,” so they have more straightforward reading language – particularly I suspect for non-native English speakers. (Of all of my novels, I consider my first novel to be probably the “easiest” overall read.) In comparison, given their often of necessity 1780s-1800s English, the (two so far) historical ones emphasized in this post are probably “more challenging” reads:

[Excerpt from Tomorrow The Grace. Paperback version. Copyright, 2019. Click to expand.]

I admit it. They are NOT “young adult” literature. None of my novels have been aimed at (most) high schoolers.

Have a good reading or writing day, wherever you are (probably still inside) in our world. 🙂