Dear YA Author is a Teen Advice Column I’ll begin hosting this summer. It’ll start next Thursday, June 19th and run monthly through the end of the summer. (Possibly longer or in more editions depending on interest). It’ll feature questions from teens and advice/recommendations/answers by published YA authors. Teens: See info below for info on submitting your questions. Published (or soon-to-be) YA Authors: check below to sign up for a post.
In the name of research, Young Adult Authors like to know what’s going on with teenagers today. We watch teen movies, read YA books & magazines, and sometimes even “overhear” teen convos out in public. We also have a strong link to our own pasts. We remember the intense friendships, dreams, crushes, loves, heartbreak, the strong or broken family ties, the pressure to fit in, the pressure to be different, the exhilaration in being with people you could be yourself with, the discomfort in being with those when you couldn’t.
The teen years. The best of times, the worst of times, and everything in between. If you’re a teen looking for a new perspective on a new or old issue or question, maybe a YA author can help!
OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER: YA Authors are not doctors doling out professional advice–although some might be, because writers sometimes have other jobs too. But even so, any advice in the Dear YA Author column is not to be replaced by or mistaken for professional advice! But still, what a useful and FUN perspective to have when you might be feeling a little lost or unsure.
If you’re a teen who’d like some advice from a published or soon-to be published YA author, please send your questions on anything…for example: life, family, friends, school, love, goals, prom attire, book recommendations, writing, whatever and etc. to dearYAauthor@gmail.com or you can use the handy contact form below. Feel free to use your real and or a fake name. Note: All ‘real’ names will be changed for the posts.
Also, if you’re a YA author who is published or has a book coming out, please get in touch with me via the contact form below or the dearYAauthor gmail account. If you have any issues contacting me use my contact page on this blog.