We chat with author Amy Spalding about writing for teens, our expectations of characters, the challenges of teen girls, and Zooey Deschanel. Among other things.
I'm talking to three smart ladies with first-hand experience with the publishing side of New Adult: Suzie Townsend, agent with New Leaf Literary & Media; Cora Carmack, author; and Lisa Desrochers, author (scroll down for their complete bios). We discuss the breakneck pace of NA's emergence, the future for NA, common criticisms of the genre/category and recommendations for readers wanting to test the New Adult waters.
Laura and Sarah discuss retellings: the nuance in the spectrum of retellings, iconic/foundational texts, where fan fiction fits into all this and even the notion of character homages we see a lot in fiction, particularly YA. In this edition of the Clear Eyes, Full Shelves Podcast, we layout some of these big questions, and what we really hope will come of the episode is further discussion of the complexities of the notion of originality and works inspired by other works.
We're kicking off another celebration of novels in verse with the 2nd Annual Clear Eyes, Full Shelves Novel in Verse Week! All week, we'll have fun related to the awesomeness of verse novels, starting with a rather lengthy podcast on the subject.
If you've never read a verse novel, or think they're not for you, allow us to pique your interest about this wonderful storytelling form.