Jennifer Lane is the author of Adult fiction novels With Good Behaviour (The Conduct Series #1) & Bad Behaviour ( The Conduct Series #2). Jennifer recently featured her short story, Swim Recruit in Summer Breeze Anthology!
With Good Behaviour (The Conduct Series #1)
Bad Behaviour (The Conduct Series #2)
Writing Adult vs Young Adult Fiction
Happy 6 Month Blogoversary, Megan! To celebrate, we're giving away a romantic suspense e-book from The Conduct Series, my novels about two parolees who fall in love as they battle the Chicago Police and the Mafia. See below to enter. Megan likes YA fiction but reads from many genres, so today I'll discuss the ins and outs of writing for different age groups.
Do you prefer Adult or Young Adult fiction? When I started writing novels, I followed advice to "write what you know". Since I'm a 40 year-old psychologist, I chose more mature characters for the novel With Good Behaviour (The Conduct Series #1). Sophie Taylor's a 29 year-old former psychologist and Grant Madsen's a 30 year-old former lieutenant. Just released from prison, they meet on their parole officer's doorstep. There's an instant spark but neither know about their hidden connection threatening their love and their lives.
Adult themes like career, long- term relationships, and carrying baggage from one's past are fascinating to explore. There's richness and complexity to adult life. There may be regret from the past but there's often hope for the future. It's interesting if adults can learn lessons from life mistakes and apply that knowledge to their present circumstances.
Though the interwoven tapestry of mature adulthood inspired my first novels, the time of life when those threads weave together (Young Adulthood) is also intriguing. I decided to try my hand at a coming-of-age story tentatively titled Against the Tide, that Omnific Publishing has accepted for publication. I'm captivated by all the change that goes on for those transitioning from teenager to young adult. In America, that transition sometimes involves going from high school to college, confronting individuals with heady decisions that could influence the rest of their lives.
Writing YA stories means toning down the language and intimacy. I previously believed violence should also be less intense in YA fiction, but after reading The Hunger Games and Divergent, I'm not so sure. It appears YA novels can explore very adult themes, and many of my adult friends enjoy theses stories as well.
Regardless of the age group I'm writing for, the most important part is creating a gripping plot and compelling characters. It's fun to keep learning, trying to improve each novel along the way.
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Question: What differences do you see in YA vs. A? What makes you prefer one over the other?
Leave a comment to enter the giveaway! The winner can choose an e book of With Good Behaviour (The Conduct Series #1) or Bad Behaviour (The Conduct Series #2)
-Giveaway sponsored by Jennifer Lane
-Giveaway Ends September 20th