There is the fallacy on the part of some readers to dismiss books that belong to the Young Adult (YA) genre as lacking the literary sophistication of works intended for mature audiences. Perhaps there is a hesitancy in investing time in YA books for fear that the characters and plot won’t connect with the reader due to an unfair belief that tale is too simplistic. How could teen characters possess the emotional maturity to carry an intense plot? If anything, I applaud YA authors: YA authors often place their young characters in incredible situations and leave them to their own resources to confront these battles.
“For the first time in months, he was where he belonged, and he absorbed every second.”
“He’ll do anything to get to her.”
I make no secret about how much of a privilege I feel about being a book reviewer for The Nerdy Girl Express. I am constantly amazed by the incredible writing talent and the skill it takes to translate the seeds of one’s imagination into a book that stirs the hearts of readers. The Nerdy Girl Express allows me to share my thoughts on these books with other readers. The icing on the delightful creative cake is that I am also able to interview many of these authors that inspire me in my own creative pursuits. Because of your example, I have joined your ranks by publishing my own poetry books. I am now a published author too because you set the path of my journey. I can’t thank you enough.
Allison Maruska is an YA, suspense, sci fi, urban fantasy and mystery writer. She is the author of The Fourth Descendant, Drake and The Fliers, and Project Renovatio. In addition, her blog contains various short stories and helpful advice for writers. I recently interviewed her about her writing inspirations, her books and current projects. Read below to find out what she had to say.