Why Write YA Fiction? by Nadia L King
YA fiction is broadly aimed at readers aged 12-18 years but that doesn't mean older readers won’t enjoy books written for this audience. Such fiction covers all genres from epic fantasy to dystopian worlds to gritty, real-life situations. YA stories are about teens and focus predominantly on that angsty period of life.Issues faced in YA stories are often real and hard-hitting . So why write for a YA audience?
I quite literally fell into YA. I was busy writing my first manuscript for women’s fiction (I’ve recently heard this genre referred to as Life Lit) when a story hit me smack between the eyes. I stopped in my tracks and wrote Jenna’s Truth.
So why write a book like Jenna’s Truth. There are plenty of good reasons but mainly I wrote Jenna’s Truth because I wanted teens to hear the following messages:
Life will somehow work itself out no matter how messy it looks right now.
You are more than enough.
Never let others determine your worth, especially don’t let bullies define your reality. You are defined by what you do and what you think of yourself.
You are perfect in your imperfection and what you bring to life will make the world a more glorious place.
Let go of your doubts and fears of judgement. Your truth is worth so much more.
Inside you is such light, that if you saw it too, you would walk with confidence into the world.
Dazzling opportunities await you.
Fly, always choose to fly. Your wings are just waiting to be tested.
About Nadia L King
Australian author, Nadia L King, was born in Dublin, Ireland. She has a background in journalism and media relations and has written for magazines in Europe, Australia, and the US. She reads voraciously and enthusiastically and inhales books the same way her Labrador inhales dog biscuits. Nadia is an overexcited person who adores words, loves writing short stories and keeps a blog at nadialking.wordpress.com. Her writing has been described as “raw, real and heart-wrenching.” Her first book, Jenna’s Truth, is published by Aulexic and is a powerful tool to arm teens against bullying. Nadia lives near the Swan River in Western Australia.