When I first set out to write edgy books for teens and young adults, the audience I had in mind for these books were age 14 and up. I really didn’t anticipate my books to be read together by teen girls and their mothers. I did intend for these books to open up discussion, sometimes on very sensitive topics like dating, sex, friendships, bullying, and stress for teens and even for young women in their 20s.
In my own life, as someone who constantly gives advice to women of all ages about relationships, careers, and life choices; I find it natural for me to extend that into my fiction writing. I don’t necessarily give the answers in my fiction books, but I do touch on them, and expect readers (who want to go further) to discuss the discussion questions with each other, to open a line of communication about some of these sensitive topics.
I’ve received emails from readers saying how much these edgy teen books have helped bridge the gap between the generations, especially mother and daughter. Mothers, Grandmothers even, who love Twilight, have written me to tell me how they enjoyed reading Bitter Frost and even The Phantom Diaries just like their 16 to 17-year-old daughters and granddaughters. After reading Phantom Diaries (a younger young adult take on the classic Phantom of the Opera), young ladies are beginning to read the classic Phantom of the Opera.
Am I surprised by this? Actually no, but it’s always interesting how things work out. Being a mother of a daughter (who will be a teenager in a few years) myself, I do tend to write and structure my YA and even my tween books in a way so it will be a social learning tool, as well as an entertaining read.
So, here’s a great review of The Phantom Diaries from a young reader, whose mother recommended the book to her:
If you’re a mother/grandmother-daughter book reading team with a great story about reading The Frost Series, PULSE, The Phantom Diaries, or any other book of mine, send an email with your story to: theedgebooks(at)yahoo(dot)com. We’d love to hear from you, and you will be entered to win a free autographed copy or ARC of the next book in the series.