Okay, YA is hot right now. So hot that it is luring readers, authors, agents and publishers. Oh, not to mention booksellers, too! Am I missing anyone?
A friend of mine introduced me to YA. She said she could enjoy a fun, clean romance without the sex, and other YA reads without violence and language. This happened over 6 years ago. She didn't have to work hard to convince me. I decided to pick up a YA book for the first time in decades; the thought had never crossed my mind before since my oldest was 8. The only thing I read in high school was VC Andrews (scary!).
I love kids. All kinds of kids--even the teen kinds. They are a fun loving group with the hardest choices in life; what they decide now will forever forge their adult fates. I yearn to be a positive influence, to make my books enjoyable for them without pushing them into something dark that would hurt them even more.
Now you know why my heart is in YA. What about yours?