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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: Our genres for our audience

Hey Saturday, glad you're here.

Whew, back on normal track. It's always a relief to have things moving smoothly. To be able to just relax, maybe with a book.

Last week we were talking about adults reading MG/Tween/YA and why we should, this week we're touching a little different:


Because this is more an audience age category, MG/Tween/YA, what genre do you write/place your story in...mystery, SF, Fantasy, dark, drama?


Paranormal mystery.


I like to be lifted out of normal life, when I read a story, and I assume readers enjoy that too, so I usually write stories with magical or mystical elements My middle grade book 'DAFFODIL AND THE THIN PLACE' involves time slip, where the eponymous Daffodil travels from the twenty-first century back to the Victorian Age. There is plenty of mystery and drama involved! The sequel will involve Daffodil travelling back to 1916. I also have plans to write a YA sci-fi book.


Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note: MuseChrisChat@gmail.com



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: Adults reading MG/Tween/YA?

Hey, hey, it's February!

I don't know about the rest of you, the adults at least, but my teen is constantly telling me about her books and why I should read them...must read them.

So, Musers...why should adults read MG/Tween/YA?



I read books that I can connect with the characters. To me MG/tween/YA characters have a fun, new outlook on life. I like the way these younger characters view the world around them. Makes me feel young again.



I read MG, Tween and YA fiction to find out what is currently popular with readers but also because books aimed at those age groups remind me of my youth and make me feel young again.

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note: MuseChrisChat@gmail.com


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: We’re not the age our audience is

Another Saturday and I'm still missing the old mornings of nothing but cartoons.

Hope your week went well.

As both an editor and reviewer I've wondered and am asking our authors today...How do you keep your own teen years' experience out of your story, given the time period differences?



Working in a senior school gave me ample opportunity to see how teenagers behave and to observe how their lives differ from my teenage years. I'm currently writing the sequel to 'DAFFODIL AND THE THIN PLACE' which takes place during the First World War, so I've had to think about the difference between teenagers in 1916 and Daffodil, who is a twenty-first century teenager. However, although technology and circumstances have changed over the years, I think that teenagers of today still experience uncertainty and lack of confidence - I don't think that has changed much over the years.


I think a little bit of my teen years’ experience creep into my stories. But I try to focus on how today’s teenager would handle the situation. Also I see what my teenagers have gone through. I watch a lot of teen type shows. I read a lot of MG and YA novels.

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note: MuseChrisChat@gmail.com