I don’t know why I assumed everyone who reads this blog writes YA and took a poll last week forcing everyone else into the category: OTHER.
I’m excited so many people are writing good adult books! Several of my favorite books are ‘adult books.’ I’m a little jealous because I spent my college years trying to write adult books. But all my characters ever did was sit around talk. Yes, they got into trouble too. But then they spent too many pages talking about said trouble. I’m not sure why my YA characters are so much more active and interesting and less chatty – especially since I’m fairly positive that when I was a teen I was the chattiest I’ve ever been EVER. Recently, one of my WIP’s was critiqued by an agent for a contest and he told me that I hadn’t written a YA book, I’d written an adult book with a teenage protagonist. On one hand – Yea! I finally wrote an adult book that wasn’t all talk and no walk! On the other hand – Er, what?
So now I ask you, what really makes a book adult or YA, regardless of the age of the protagonist? Like, why was Room an adult book and Living Dead Girl a YA?
And also, why do you write the genre you write? Did you plan this or (like me) did you one day just realize your protagonist was speaking to you as a sixteen year old instead of a 24 year old (or vice versa)?