Adults May Be “Young,” But They Are Never “New”

Adults May Be “Young,” But They Are Never “New”

If you want to write about 18-29 year olds, do NOT call them "new adult" books.

The Presents We Give

The Presents We Give

Bearing in mind they were written for adults - but back when adulthood arguably began in the mid-teens and not at today's "18" - my suggestion is teens might be started with a few "classic" books and Christmas is a great excuse to buy wonderful hardcovers as presents.

The Questionings

The Questionings

I've been deliberately reserved especially towards younger members of the family. The reason for that is simple: aside from the first book of that trilogy, Passports, which is probably the closest I’ve come to writing what might be termed borderline “young adult,” my novels are not really meant for "under-18s."

Your Social Media Belongs To YOU

Your Social Media Belongs To YOU

Well, another week is upon us. Another Monday. However, today is a bit different for me: It's my birthday! My presents there? All of Mad Men and The West Wing on DVD! Apparently, I share the same birthday (but definitely NOT the birth-year) with Beyoncé. Long before she was a star, when I was in [...]

“The sword of Gerzeanam…”

“The sword of Gerzeanam…”

I finally saw some of my cousin's 20 year old daughter's writing. Evidently she is somewhere on the Fan Fiction Plus app, but refuses to give up her screen name to her mother. My cousin finally succeeded in getting some pages out of her so I could read a bit of her writing... When I [...]

Victoria Again Reigns

Victoria Again Reigns

Have you been watching Victoria? We set up to record it before we went off to France. We came home to find the first three episodes happily awaiting viewing. I know I'm a bit behind, but we should be caught up this week. We watched the first episode last night. Based on its reviews and [...]

On Which Shelf?

On Which Shelf?

Yesterday I received another one of those Amazon marketing emails. Once again Passports was at the top of the list. Obviously, Amazon knows I have looked at that page. Naturally, more of "the competition" follows: I screen captured the long page in two sections. It can be intriguing to see where your novels end up [...]

Our Censorious Era (“How dare you write that”)

Our Censorious Era (“How dare you write that”)

Following on from that post the other day on For Such a Time, I've read here and there about accusations of "racism," "privilege," and "Western cultural arrogance" in "romance" and "young adult" literature. That's not an easy subject to address in a blog post. However, authoring as I do for adults (and not for children), [...]

“You kids….and get off my lawn too!”

“You kids….and get off my lawn too!”

In a world full of young adult fiction readers who are also "social media" users, who could seriously argue the likes of Twitter are destroying novel reading among the young? For the two streams of entertainment aren't mutually exclusive: reading a novel is one thing, while networking and socializing is another. Most people can walk [...]

The Appropriate “Grade Level” For Your Novel Is…

The other day Kindle sent out a note suggesting we authors optionally "age rate" our books. I thought I'd share it. I've removed the superfluous and "personal" parts and screen captured the core of it: Kindle sends out lots of stuff - some useful, some not. But this just seems a sloppy tech issue from [...]

It’s A Murder, Not Some “Saga”

Please pardon an extremely serious post. A Twitter reference the other day to a novel entitled Abroad, which I had not heard of until then, caught my eye. It is based on the 2007 murder in Italy of English student, Meredith Kercher. Her murder case is so over-argued on social media, I decided the best [...]