Monday, 7 January 2013

What is Young Adult Fiction, anyway?

Hi Guys,

I read an article recently about Young Adult books taking on a rather disturbing format, which has been dubbed, "Sicklit". You can read the article for yourselves by clicking on this link -

As you may be aware, I prefer to write humorous books but, more recently, because I felt like a change, I wrote my paranormal romance/horror trilogy aimed at young adults 15 and over. This trilogy contains some adult themes, but I don't think they are any worse than what is in the Harry Potter books, yet I now feel my books seem mild in comparison to these "sicklit" offerings that the newspaper article mentions.

I have a conscience though, and that is why I have put a warning on my books, stating that they shouldn't be read by anyone under 15; however, how can I be sure that nobody under age is reading them? That is my dilemma.

I suppose the same can be said for the internet and television in general. I guess children have always wanted to delve into the forbidden adult world; I know I used to watch Hammer horror films when I was 13!

As I have had several issues with some of my eBooks in my paranormal trilogy not appearing on some of the retail sites, I have decided to put them all into one eBook instead. It is still the same price for the one book as it was for all three so, if you have already bought one, or even two, then you will not pay any more for buying the new compilation.

I also wanted to remind you that I do also have a more light-hearted eBook available, which is currently free from most online retailers.

Bye for now,

Anna x



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