Laura Ritchie is the author of the upcoming YA fantasy The Enduring, to be released early 2013. She agreed to write a guest post on YAmondAY, and she chose an original approach to select her YA suggestions. Keep reading.
First, I want to send a great big THANK YOU to Fabio for inviting me here today. (Was that big enough? Maybe I should have made the font even larger. And in bold. How about underlined?) Anyway, this is my very first guest post ever, and I’m a little wound up about it. Can you tell?
Deep breath, Laura…
Okay, one of my favorite things to do, besides writing, is to encourage young people who love to write… which got me thinking it would be fun to look at some YA books that were written by young authors. It’s actually surprising to find there are quite a number of popular works penned by kids who aren’t even out of high school yet.
Doesn’t that just fill you with jealousy and resentment awe and admiration? Good. Let’s check out just a few.
I bet you’re familiar with this one! Christopher Paolini started the first draft of Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) when he was fifteen years old, and it turned him into a NYT bestselling author by the age of nineteen. This YA high fantasy follows the journey of a boy and his dragon as they battle the evil King Galbatorix… a trilogy-turned-cycle that become a major motion picture.
Kat Zhang was just nineteen when her trilogy, The Hybrid Chronicles, sold to Harper Collins, and the first installment in this series, What’s Left of Me, debuted this fall. Set in an alternate 21st century, it’s the unusual tale of Eva and Addie, who began their lives just like everyone else in the world… as two souls residing within one body.
A little side-note here… I have to say I love this cover! Can you see both girls?
As a senior in high school, Kody Keplinger heard the term, “duff”, for the first time, and a few months later her novel, The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, was headed toward publication. It’s the story of seventeen year old Bianca, who sees herself as less than attractive, and somehow ends up in a love/hate relationship with the boy who once publicly tore her down with hurtful insults. This book offers a new take on familiar issues of self-esteem and teen romance.
Any of these pique your interest? What to know about some more? Here’s a great post that includes a list of published teen authors. Check it out. And don’t be afraid to look into the work of a young writer. You might be pleasantly surprised!
When she’s not lost in her own imagination, Laura lives with her family in NW Ohio, in an old farmhouse built by her great-grandparents. You can contact her through her blog, Facebook, or chat with her on Twitter. She would love hearing from you!