As a show about teenagers, we totally get the whole young adult (YA) thing. We’re all for nostalgia for the bygone days, sweet reminiscing, and the exhilaration of youth. That’s why when we saw that 55% of the people who are buying YA books (targeted at kids aged 12 to 17) are 18 or older, with the largest segment aged 30 to 44, we were not surprised. Think of Harry Potter, Twilight– these, too, are YA fiction that captured readers across all age groups.
Otessa recently had a Goodreads giveaway for the first “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” book and we found that most of the people entering the giveaway also fit this statistic. Needless to say, there’s something timeless about those teenage years. The same enchantment and fondness of youth that inspired Otessa to create a series on teenagers getting down in the ’90s, I think, is felt by many. There is a raw, alluring essence to adolescence that is captivating.
Here are some great author quotes about writing for children/youth:
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
- Madeleine L’Engle
“You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.”
- Maurice Sendak
Otessa’s ebooks are on sale on Amazon for only $0.99. Also, Otessa will soon be hosting a giveaway for the second in the OJBG series on Goodreads. You could win an autographed copy of the “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden: The Summer of 1995″ paperback, so please, please enter to win!