A big thank you to all authors involved, you can find out more about them and their work below.
What contemporary concept have you heard about or read that made you think – “I wish that were mine”?
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for sure. It's just so dark and gritty and possible. Stolen by Lucy Christopher, for the same reasons. I think Jenny Han's Summer trilogy seems like such a fresh, thoughtful and romantic concept. I haven't read them yet as I'm waiting for the third to be released before I do, but I'm looking forward to it.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Also, there was this one time when I came up with this GREAT idea for a book called Immaculate, about a 16 year old girl who gets pregnant but she hasn't had sex, and then lots of Christians start to flock to her and she has to explain that she doesn't believe in God. I told my agent, and she said a book called Immaculate about a 16 year old virgin who gets pregnant had just been sold to a publisher. There are no new ideas.
Dreamrider [Barry Jonsberg], masterful combination of lucid dreaming and contemporary YA.
THE DUFF. The idea of the "designated ugly fat friend"--and the concept that we've ALL felt like this at one point, like we were the least attractive among our friends, is one that is highly intriguing and has such great possibilities to explore. It's very cool that Kody Keplinger did that.
If I Stay.
As contemporary YA authors, do you find criticism on your work harsher than other YA genres?
Courtney Summers is the Canadian CYBIL award winning author of Cracked Up To Be, Some Girls Are and forthcoming title Fall for Anything. Website.
Lili Wilkinson is an award winning Australian young adult author who has written both contemporary and historical YA. Her most recent release in Australia and in the US is the fantastic title, Pink. Website.
William Kostakis is another young Australian YA whose debut title, Loathing Lola was released in 2008. Currently he is touring across Australia visiting schools and bookstores sharing his naughty wit. Website.
Melissa Walker is a journalist, author, readergirl and all round YA cheerleader - there is nothing this lady can't accomplish. Her most recent release Lovestruck Summer was a blogdom favourite. Website.
Siobhan Vivian is an author that I am currently fangirling over. Seriously, read her back catalogue. Her newest title has just release, Not That Kind of Girl and you will love it. Website.
Tomorrow - Is contemporary YA getting left behind AND what is a big mistake an author can make in writing the opposite gender.