Why do I love to write YA?
What is it about YA that speaks so strongly to me?
I think it is the fact that mostly every YA hero is a person in the process of discovering themselves and who they want to be, no matter if it is a fantasy or a reality based contemporary. Usually, we have protagonists who are changing, growing, building and creating themselves.
And I identify with that.
Not only because I was a teenager and have been through the stage of discovering what kind of person I want to be, but because I am still going through that stage right now, even though I’m all grown up.
My theory is that we all are still in that stage in a way.
We’re all changing all the time.
I love the way YA novels focus so closely on this theme of change and growth.
Even though my experiences might be different now I am older, I still absolutely love this theme of change, because no matter how far away I get from being a teenager, that feeling is so completely universal.
It’s something reflected in everyone around me.