Monday, March 14, 2011

Tera Lynn Childs on Why She Writes YA

I have a very special place in my heart reserved for Tera Lynn Childs. She is the author of several books based in Greek Mythology, something dear and near to me. When I start thinking "maybe my book (FATAL THREADS) won't sell. Maybe there isn't a fan base for a story based in mythology," I go to Tera's site as inspiration and turn to her as a reminder that there is an audience for books based in Greek Mythology. She is a witty, fun author and I would recommend her books to anyone who loves a fast, fun read that will keep you laughing. 

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever (coming June 28, 2011) and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa beginning with Sweet Venom (Fall 2011). Tera lives nowhere in particular and has spent time fleeing hurricanes, making character profiles on MySpace, blogging on her own and with the Buzz Girls, and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Here's what Tera Lynn Childs has to say about writing for young adults.

"I write YA because I love the teen audience. There is great freedom in writing for readers who don't have the same kinds of rules and expectations as adults. Teens have open minds and are still trying to figure out how the world works and how they work in it. That makes them receptive to new and different worlds and to investing themselves fully in those worlds."

Coming soon from Tera Lynn Childs:
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human deal once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?

SWEET VENOM (Medusa Girls Trilogy):
A fun new kick-butt trilogy that inches a little closer to the dark side.
Separated-at-birth triplet descendants of the gorgon Medusa reunite and discover it's their destiny to guard the door between the world of monsters and the world of man.

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