Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Kid Lit is near and dear to my heart because in addition to women's fiction I do love writing young adult fiction, although Kid Lit has also been used to describe middle-grade fiction and children's picture books.
I love the angsty voices in young adult fiction. Teenagers experience the same emotions as everybody else except magnified by a factor of 1000 compared to the rest of the population. Everything is tragic. Life or death. Do or die. That's what makes their stories (and writing their stories) so much fun because teenagers get to live life in the extremes. To date, I've written three young adult novels, one of which is currently on submission. (And, Universe: If you can hear me? Please send me an editor who will fall madly in love with my Native American girl golfer story before I turn the ripe old age of 105. Pretty, please? Thanks.)
I have written a middle-grade novel, although that's still a work-in-progress and requires a lot more tinkering. It's about a Native American boy who dreams about being an astronaut and kinda runs away from home. By accident. The middle-grade voice is different in some ways from young adult fiction and I haven't totally cracked the code yet on the middle-grade voice. I wrote it as an experiment to see if I could write a male voice and just because I wanted to. The story needs a lot more work and it's currently hiding inside my laptop, waiting for me to shine a light on it and feed it chocolate.
Regarding children's picture books, that's just not my thing, although wouldn't it be cool to be a killer illustrator?! I'm always in awe of authors who write and illustrate quality picture books. Maybe in my next life.
What about you? Do you experiment with reading and/or writing in other genres?