Well, hello there! How is everyone? Doing well, I hope?
I am approaching finals, and my brain is short-circuiting, thanks for asking. Here's hoping I start to make sense of the world again pretty soon.
As I'm sure most of you know by now, I have written in a lot of different genres. My current and last manuscripts, however, are YA novels, and though I feel like I read a lot of YA, writing it was something I didn't ever see myself doing. And yet, here I am.
And yet I'm not sure that's where I actually am.
I worry. A lot. About everything. But one of the things that I'm worrying about right now with regards to my most recent MS is whether or not it's actually a YA book. It's historical fiction, dealing with some pretty serious issues. Issues I'm almost not sure I want to be writing about for teenagers.
But my protag is a teen, and her hero is a teen, and they are dealing with (historical) teen issues. And I think that teens might be the right audience for it just because of the issues at hand-- someone's got to talk about them, right?
But BECAUSE I'm labeling it YA, I have toned down the ending a little. Maybe not made it as gritty and romantic as I could, because it's not an ending I want teens to romanticize.
But then I wonder-- am I just labeling it YA because YA is hot right now? Is it really a more adult book because of the issues at hand?
In other words, I don't know. I guess I won't know, until I have someone else who knows YA read it for me. But I need to get it into shape first!
So, Alliterati who write/ read YA (and those who don't, if you want to share!), tell me: are there any issues you WOULDN'T touch in a YA book? Is there a point where you would say a book is definitely an adult book instead of a YA one?