post the other day where she wondered if writers in their 30s are drawn to the YA genre because the characters are often focused on things that make their bodies function better because in your 30s you begin to feel the aging process. Are YA writers trying to reclaim their youth in some way, as she suggests?
Well I can't say because I don't write YA but I would love to hear from YA writers out there as to why they chose and why they love YA.
As I said in my comment on Heidi's post, I started writing at 11 years old and I couldn't wait to grow up so I could write about adult themes in my books. I was reading real adult books by the time I was 13 and I never looked back. I'm not really sure what drew me to more serious, morbid themes but they were there in my writing as early as 11 years old. In fact the first book I ever wrote, which was called "Black Summer" was about three teenaged girls who had all just lost their parents. My favorite young adult writer was Christopher Pike whose books also dealt with serious themes (i.e. death, abusive people, even crime). As I've said in previous posts, I believe that fiction gives writers a safe place from which to explore their most nagging questions. Even as a child, the question of how people survive horrible things preoccupied me. Even though my initial stabs at writing as an adult were more in the vein of literary fiction, they still dealt with grief and loss. I'm a barrel of fun as you can see! (Hmmm . . . maybe all those R rated movies I saw before I was ten years old weren't a great idea . . . )
Anyway, I would really like to hear from all of you--what drew you to your own genre? Why do you enjoy writing in that genre?