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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ask The Author

Welcome to ASK THE AUTHOR, where readers ask the questions and MuseItYoung and MuseItYA authors answer!

In this edition, reader John Rodgers Clark IV asks:
  • Where are the gaps in the YA fiction genre these days. I've read a ton of dystopian and 'fish out of water' stuff. Impress me with some completely new ideas.
Thanks for your question John.

Your turn Muse Authors. Time to impress John and our other readers with the variety of YA that is being published by MuseItUp Publishing! Readers, feel free to join the conversation. We'd love to hear your favorites and why they were your favorites.


  1. I agree there's a lot of fantasy and dystopian fiction these days. If you're in the mood for sci fi adventure, you might try Relocated for a change of pace. A lot of my experiences traveling around Europe and speaking a foreigh language -- as well as my son's and father's experiences in the military -- made their way into the book.

  2. How about middle-eastern mythology. Nobody's doing much of the rich mythology of Persia and environs since 9/11. My books are for tweens and up. I call them YA because nobody knows what MG is (except Muse!)
    A girl, a genie, a few demons. Would could go wrong?
    The gods are at war and only a farmer’s daughter can save the world from Armageddon.

    1. Marva, middle grade is MG which is also tween for some and then again others call them young adult...go figure. LOL!

      But mythology found in your book was a huge aspect to contract it besides the amazing voice you have. We love out of the box stories that bring something new to the table and your books have that.

  3. As for my own writing, my YA fantasy Elixir Bound doesn't break a ton of new ground as a quest novel. However, I do think it offers an interesting world steeped in a culture that is not necessarily based on gender stereotypes.

    A recent Muse release is a contemporary YA by Rick Taliaferro called Cascades. It tells a story of loss and mourning in a way I've never seen done before. He uses prose, an epic poem, a play, and journal entries, among other forms, to weave a tale full of complex questions about live and love.

    1. Yes, Rick's story is very different, I agree, Katie. His imagination to bring the whole theme together was amazing.

      As for Elixir Bound, releasing in print this year as well, your world building allows your reader to step right in there instead of looking outside a window at characters.

  4. Thought of another good one if you like international mysteries (which I haven't seen a lot of in YA)...The Master's Book by Philip Coleman.

  5. What about fractured fairytales? My novel, Quest of the Hart, is a reverse sleeping beauty where the princess goes on the quest to save the prince.

    Elixir Bound, by Katie Carroll, has a wonderful world of culture and the roles of her characters do break the stereotypical role of male leader, girl follower.

  6. Fantasy as in alternate world and magic is my forte. My middle grade books tend to be Earth bound but still have fantasy evil elements. The one thing I have found younger children like in their books is a touch of humour. Not too much, just a lightening of the story every now and again. Hope this helps.

  7. When it comes to fantasy adventures, I have a soft spot for 'quests'. In Ice Trekker, I decided to try a more modern approach and involve an ecological theme. I've found that young people are so clued up on green issues, that it seemed a good idea to conjure up a parallel world plagued by issues that haunt our own - and give our heroes and heroines a chance to solve them. And I agree with Sue. A dash of humour is a must!


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