It’s been quite a challenge, but finally, my young adult novel, CATORI’S WORLDS, is finally released on Amazon. My biggest hurdle was staying within the confines of Catori’s mind–a fifteen-year old emotionally and verbally bullied by her peers. I needed immediacy for her to be believable, so I decided to use first person present throughout the novel-now that wasn’t an easy task! Writing with that point of view was completely foreign to me. I also stripped the text of all ‘he says’ and ‘she says’ since I found they slowed down the flow of the story. Writing for young adults was a physical as well as a terrific learning experience. They are all so much more energetic and smarter than I ever was. I had to learn a brand new teen-dialogue as well as try to keep pace with all the advanced knowledge they have at their disposal. It was like participating in the triathlon–I came in last, but it was so exhilarating.
Did I succeed? Only my readers will tell. Will I try that genre of writing again? Absolutely! I learned so much from my characters that I want to see them through a couple more novels. I can’t let them go yet.
So if you do decide to read it, leave your comments ( A sentence or two will do.) at Amazon and Goodreads. Happy Easter everyone!!