Why I Write for Teens: a guest post by Rachel Harris
Perhaps the better question would be: Why not write about this time?
The young adult market is flooded with amazing, talented authors. Readers are enthusiastic and plugged into social media so they can let you know how much they loved—or perhaps hated—your book. They interact with their favorite authors on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Goodreads, and that enthusiasm is crazy contagious. It wraps me up and makes me feel young again, too. School visits are a blast (although it still freaks me out being allowed in teacher only areas *grin*), and conferences take on a new energy.
Even though so much has changed since I was a teenager (technology anyone?), when I go to events and when I speak with readers, I realize it really hasn’t. The feelings remain the same. The questioning, the newness, the devastation…it’s an emotional roller coaster, but one that you spend your adult years reliving over and over again. The joy and the misery. I get to re-read my diary, pull out my memories, and rehash them all, and I get to call it research 😉
You can meet Rachel Harris Sunday, November 17th at 3:30 PM at the Betty Warmack Branch Library in Grand Prairie, Texas.
About Rachel Harris
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up late sneak-reading her mama’s romance novels. Today, she still stays up late reading romances, only now she does so openly. Rachel is the author of two novels for Young Adults from Entangled Publishing, My Super Sweet Sixteen and A Tale of Two Centuries.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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