Great questions, chesil, and interesting answers, thank you!
I have a question, but I fear it's not really to do with the YA aspect, but it's more a general question (or a series of related questions) I would love to ask all authors, and now that I have the opportunity, I shall
Are you an avid reader yourself, and if so, have you always been? And what kinds of books do you enjoy reading the most?
Also (and this just occurred to me): do any of you have a young adult as a sounding board for your ideas? How much 'help' do you get from young adults themselves when it comes to the whole process of writing a book?
I am an avid reader! I read across pretty much all the genres--literary fiction, science fiction, mysteries, fantasy, thrillers... it all depends on what I'm in the mood for. So I wouldn't say there's one type of books I enjoy reading the most. It's all about what I feel like reading at that particular time. And I've always been like this, too. My mom was a librarian and I used to come home with stacks of books every couple of weeks. It was awesome!
I don't have a particularly young adult that I ask for input, but I am a teacher, and I work with both high school students and first year college students. I definitely think that helps me when it comes to writing teenagers.
Very interesting questions and answers !
Do any of you watch the book reviews done on YouTube ? There are hundreds of them ,and from what I've watched, the majority are about YA books, so that shows how popular that Genre is .
I'm wondering how many of you get fan mail , and if you have your email address in your books so that fans can contact you ?
How many of you draw on your years as a teen when it comes to writing your books ?
Do you guys get any percentages of ages of your readers ? YA is a very popular Genre for adults, too ,so I'm wondering if anyone knows what the percentages are ?
Thank you in advance for your time .
I generally stay away from reviews in general because it gives me anxiety But I do think it's wonderful that people are posting YA reviews on Youtube! That's really neat.
I have gotten fan mail and it makes my day every time I get some And I do list my email address on my website so people can contact me (for any reason, not just fan mail!)
I actually don't know much about the percentage of my readers. I feel like most of the people who've contacted me through email or on Twitter tend to be high school or college aged, but that's not really a scientific survey. It's an interesting questions, though.