|Posted on August 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM|
I Do Not Write Young Adult!
At least, I haven’t so far. I've written for adults and I've written for children. Nothing in between. My children's books are just that. Books that children will enjoy reading, or enjoy having read to them. And I like to think that the adults reading them to their children get a kick out of them too. But there seems to be some confusion about my novels, the SEAMS16 series.
I like to say that these stories are about adults, for adults, but without “adult” content. The central characters are around thirty years old, with friends and acquaintances of varying ages. One of my favorite characters is a young teen girl, and another is a man in his sixties. There is some nudity in my books, but the sex is behind closed doors. Swearing is kept to a minimum, and you won’t find my characters engaged in heavy violence.
What you will find are stories about people. Good and bad, right and wrong, honest and deceitful. You’ll find mystery, romance, crime, action, technology, suspense, aliens, intrigue, sports, and business. People living their lives the best they can, in the constructed environment of a station in space.
When I started my first novel, SEAMS16:A New Home, I did not have a target audience in mind, I just wrote the story as it came to me. I wrote what I wanted to see in a Sci-Fi novel. Stories about adults, with adult problems and adult solutions. I think it's unfortunate that the term "adult" has become synonymous with "sexual content", because it confused the people I submitted it to for publication. They didn't know how to categorize it. Based on content, they wanted it to be Young Adult, but that meant it would have to be rewritten with younger characters. Alternatively, I could have put in more explicit sex and harsher language.
To me, these changes would have been a distraction from the story I enjoyed writing, not an improvement. So I chose to keep it as it is and continue writing stories that I enjoy telling, in the way I enjoy telling them.
But they're not Young Adult.