Friday, April 29, 2011

Y is for YA and Why I Write It

The other day I posted on why I write. Today I thought I’d share why I write YA (Young Adult) Fiction.

It doesn’t make sense, really. I mean, I’m around teenagers ALL DAY LONG. I teach YA. I tutor YA. I raise YA. I read YA. You’d think I’d be sick of it.

But I’m not.

Maybe it’s because I never grew up. Perhaps it's because I LOVE my kids. But I read a ton of YA. I write a lot of YA. And I can’t freaking change that. I get it. I get them. And I love being immersed in their worlds.

I think once you start writing, you begin to find your niche. I’ve tried my hand at romance. I don’t think I could ever do Sci Fi. Never non-fiction. I don't know. I can’t imagine writing anything but YA.

So . . . there you have it - I'm a glutton for teen angst.

Oh—and in other news. That YAtopia Pitch Contest I blogged about on N-day. Well, um . . . I won. Yeah—I was shocked too. In fact, I’m still registering it. I’m surprised I’m not typing this

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Totally gihugic. Totally validating. I wish every one could wake up to news like that.

Just in case you're curious - here’s the two-line pitch and opening sentence that secured me a chance to send sample pages to super fab agent Natalie Fischer.

Two-line pitch: Seventeen-year old Becky’s best friend kills himself without leaving a note. No call. Not even a farewell text. Yet as memories of that fateful night emerge from her subconscious, she suspects she may have had something to do with his death.

First sentence: Mookie's suicide hit like a sledgehammer to my chest.

Maybe someday my story will actually be in print. Some day.

Anyway—thought I’d share my good news. Not really announcing to toot my horn. Just feel like I need as many positive-o thoughts and prayers as possible.

Soooo - any good news YOUR way? What do YOU write? And why?


  1. Congratulations! Fingers crossed for you!

  2. Congratulations, Alison, that's awesome! And I can see why you won, dang, I want to know what happened that night.
    - Sophia.

  3. Well done, great news. I asked the question why so many people write YA on my blog so I found your answer very interesting.

    Moody Writing

  4. Congratulations on your win and getting to the end of the A-Z challenge !


  5. Yea! Love your pitch. I was going to ask you what the pitch was so I'm glad I read your blog :) GOOD LUCK!!

  6. Oh it'll see print someday sheesh. You're good. I can tell that by the writing. Happy Royal Weekend!

  7. Hey Alison! I saw that our blog titles are similar, haha. I'm excited to be a new follower. Best of luck with all of your writing!

  8. Congrats on winning the pitch contest! YAY YOU!!


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