RTW: YA Friends!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link — or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week’s Topic:

What IRL people can you talk to about YA?

Back in the day, as in just a few years ago, my ya-loving friends were like this cat’s friend:

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No, not colorful, blobby, cigarette-smoking cyclops..es (cyclopi? no clue). They weren’t real!

I didn’t know anyone who loved to read ya literature. Sad, I know. But that’s started to change!

My mom took a ya literature class in school and fell in love with it. But now she’s an elementary school librarian, so most of her energy goes into MG.

I’ve turned my younger sister onto ya, and she and I love talking books.

My sister-in-law also enjoys ya books, so I love giving her suggestions.

And lastly, one of my writing group members is ya writer and reader like me, so we’re always swapping suggestions at meetings.

And now I’m all never leave me!

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

3 thoughts on “RTW: YA Friends!

  1. I get ridiculously happy when I find someone I can talk YA with–at our last garage sale, a neighbor girl from up the street spent about an hour enthusing over books with me.

  2. Bahahaha, I love that last gif. And it’s so great to have people to share your opinions with. I really didn’t have anyone like that until I started blogging last summer. (I also didn’t read as much YA as I do now until I started blogging.)

    Although, it is a LOT harder for me to find someone whose opinions on books match mine. Especially in terms of book bloggers–so many of them tend to only sing praises for books because they’re afraid of repercussions. I love the ones who give strong, detailed opinions.

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