Finding My Sweet Spot
I can be very childlike sometimes. Then again, I am also an old soul. (Completely confusing, I know! To myself too. Just go look at some INFJ memes on Pinterest for more on that.) My mom has told me a few times that I should write children's books. As in, "baby" level. Well, I have a couple of very undeveloped ideas but never quite work up enough interest to write at that level. I naturally gravitate toward reading longer books and prefer to write them too. I get so absorbed and enthralled in a good story, I don't want it to end! I crave series and sequels!
I tend to read a lot of YA (young adult) books and just love them. Harry Potter, Shannon Hale books, Madeleine L'Engle, Julie Kagawa, Clare Dunkle ... I'll stop there because you get the idea. And then one day I realized: that's my sweet spot. In the middle of the range from birth to old age. With YA, you can use bigger words and have longer plots, while still retaining youthful topics and tone.
Plus, I had a terrible time as a teen, and I still have hauntingly fresh memories that plague me from that worst phase of life. You couldn't send me back to that part of my life for a million bucks, but writing about people that age or near that age can be somewhat therapeutic. (Seeing as how I can't afford a real shrink! Heh.)
So I think I will stay in my sweet spot. At least for a while. Hunter's Moon and its sequels are YA, so you'll be getting at least three YA novels from me. And another story idea I have also fits the age group.
(No previews here because by the time I finish the Wolves of Wellsboro trilogy and actually write that book or books, it/they will probably be vastly different!)
What's your sweet spot in reading/writing, and why? (It doesn't have to be age; it could be topic or etc.)
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Sarah Awa lives in Ohio with two hairy guys and writes books about werewolves.