So… moving on
For those who are interested in Young Adult writing, I have a guest blog post on editor Ralph Gallagher’s blog as Kira Harp. I tried to put my finger on the differences between writing my adult romances and the YA fiction.
As a moderator for the Goodreads YA LGBT book group, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what defines YA fiction. We recommend books to the teens on the thread, and select Books of the Month. Often a book looks like a good fit, but fails on the test of appropriate content (and it doesn’t help that everyone has slightly different standards.) If you’re interested in my thoughts on the subject, check out Ralph’s blog.
Incidentally, if you like YA fiction consider joining our Goodreads group. We post free short stories every month from member authors. I have 3 Valentine’s shorts posted for a challenge of writing V-Day stories involving a devil/demon. I had to write 3. The challenge was for under 1000 words. You guys know me – the first was 2300, which I whittled to 1800 before giving up. The second was 1300, the third made it in under at 997. In the end we set up a thread for the over-runs as well, so all 3 got posted.
We also have monthly stories from a photo challenge. This month is f/f; the previous three were m/m. There are some very nice stories from several of our members who aren’t published yet but sure as heck should be, and from other group authors. We also have discussions and a growing bookshelf. It’s an open group – everyone welcome. Our members range from age 13 to “not gonna tell you.”
On another positive note, Unexpected Demands – Hidden Wolves 2 is back from proofreading and going to formatting. I’m still hopeful we may get it out by the last Friday in February, but it may be tight. (The proofreader was a little bit backed up.) Since MLR now releases books only on Fridays, if we miss this one it will be the first week of March. And The Rebuilding Year is close to release. A couple of advance reviews have been good, so I’m looking forward to finally setting that one free.