Posts Tagged ‘teenagers’

High School Dances: Not about Pairing Up Anymore

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

As part of my ongoing campaign to research what I’m writing about, I went to a dance at our local high school last night. (I’ve been thinking that it would be entertaining to write about how a budding teenage empath deals with all the emotions he might pick up at a dance.) It was illuminating. And requires me now to rewrite several scenes I had already written, but I suppose that just demonstrates the necessity of the research…


No Going Back — Young Adult Novel?

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

A somewhat different version of this column, oriented more toward broader questions related to the YA literature genre in the Mormon market, is posted at A Motley Vision website under the title “Some Definitional Thoughts About YA (Mormon) Fiction.”

Who’s the intended audience of No Going Back? In particular, does No Going Back fit the definition of a young adult (YA) novel? That’s proved to be a tricky question.


On Writing a Realistic Novel

Friday, November 6th, 2009

It’s interesting being the author of a novel about a topic that matters so much to a lot of readers. Sex and religion are topics that people care about passionately (if you’ll pardon the double pun), and when they intersect, there’s little that’s more potentially volatile.

That’s all to the good when people like my book. I’ve gotten some amazing comments from people, not just about how the book affected them as a story but about the positive good they think it can do in the world. I’d like to believe those comments are all true. But it can be especially unpleasant when people don’t like my book — especially those who share my religious beliefs.