Hello everyone! We are behind schedule for the July author interview as we had difficulties to get the last three authors to send in their answers and we had to find new authors to replace the three authors who had signed up earlier for the interview. Nevertheless, I am happy to finally be able to publish the answers from all of them for the interview series.
It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the July Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! Thank you for the support from the 12 Young Adult authors who have participated in this group author interview.
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So, the 9th question is “As a YA author, what is the primary challenge you face when writing your book?”
1) Author #1: Jesse Frankel
My biggest challenge is keeping a steady pace. I’m known for writing fast-paced novels–they move! I want to keep things humming along, and that means keeping my narrative fairly simple and focusing on dialogue and action to speed things along.
2) Author #2: Roxanne San Jose
Making it entertaining
3) Author #3: Diane Guntrip
The primary challenge is to write books that resonate with the YA. Life today is very different from when I was a teen. The language, lifestyle and fashions all have to be studied.
4) Author #4: Katy Mitchell
I think my main challenge is being consistent with my writing and finding time to do it in a busy life!
5) Author #5: Marisa Noelle
For me it’s getting my ideas down quickly enough. I currently have 3 plotted novels on my laptop plus notes for a further 4 and more ideas in my head. But writing a novel takes time!
6) Author #6: Amy Beashel
TIME TIME TIME. I have two young children. Once I’m in a book, I find it difficult to think of much else but, come 3.15pm, I have no choice but to close my laptop and focus on the real people in my life rather than the ones in my head.
7) Author #7: T.K. Kiser
Keep writing! Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Sticking to it, and sitting down at the keyboard day after day is both the challenge and the pleasure of writing books. I would encourage anyone interesting in writing to go ahead and start. Just a few minutes a day will add up in the long run, and there’s no time like right now: write!
8) Author #8: K.B. Shinn
Anxiety, doubt, the fear that everything I do is actually crap and that people are just too polite to tell me–oh, and trying to finish what I start.
9) Author #9: Shirley McCann
As with any book, just making sure the story flows and is easy to follow.
10) Author #10: Claire Moore
Time to do it!
11) Author #11: Jeremy Smith
Adult readers who say that don’t read YA, then when they do they love it. Labels are restrictive, there are only good or bad books. Give a book a genre and you narrow readership. ‘I write political thrillers, but because I put a dragon in them they go in the fantasy section.’ Terry Pratchett. (or something along those lines.)
12) Author #12) Jon Hartless
Pacing is an issue for me – balancing the racing scenes with character development, the world the characters live in, the issues they face etc. Too much of the adventure and it gets a bit tedious, but too much of the world building can also be dull – plus you risk preaching to the readership rather than letting them see it all for themselves. It’s good to have a message, but if you start beating the audience around the head with it, you’ll lose them.
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