I have struggled over the idea of writing a young adult novel for quite some time now, even before the paranormal YA scene got hot. Now that it is everywhere the urge to put my story together in my computer has gotten stronger but there are still a few things holding me back. That brings us to today's blog post. When do you take the Y out of YA?
How hot is too hot for a young adult story? I remember some seriously vivid scenes in a couple of books my girlfriends and I passed along in middle school. I remember having to hide quite a few books under my bed and in other various hidey holes so my mom wouldn't find them when she cleaned my room. I learned about sex early on and it seems like today's youth is learning about it even faster than that. So how much is too much and what is off limits?
The current story I'm working on is very emotional for me and the main character in the beginning of the book has just turned seventeen and has obviously been sexually active for several years at least. She has a reputation among the guys already. In one scene she needs a favor and the guy does it in return for a favor of his own(of a sexual nature here) He is older so I don't plan to write the actual scene just allude to what took place but would this be a no-no in both the YA and the adult category? I'd love to see everyone chip in and comment on what should and shouldn't be labeled as YA.
I hope some of you in the area will come out and meet me on my mini tour in Sept. I'll be in DC w/ DL King and Amanda Young on Sept 12th, Sept 20th in Roanoke w/ Margeurite Labbe and Andy Eisenburg, & finally Sept. 26th in Durham w/ Amanda Young and Vincent Diamond.
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