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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: I’m in a niche

Welcome home, Saturday Musers!

Hope you've been having fun. I know March break is around the corner for many...have fun and be safe.

Let's find out a little more about our authors' books:

What niche does your book fill and why should our audience read it?

'Daffodil and the Thin Place' tells the story of a thirteen-year old girl who escapes to another period in history - the Victorian age. It is pure escapism but because it is set in a building that really exists, amongst real historical characters, it has an air of authenticity. All that and a touch of romance and lashings of excitement are thrown in too!

TERRI BERTHA, Mainstream NEW author

My main goal with Spooky Twisties is to get kids to read more, by offering entertaining stories mixed with humor, fun and horror.  Hopefully, the reading audience can relate in some way to the characters on the pages and find themselves amused with my Middle Grade fiction.

My books fall in the social issues niche and they talk about how my characters have a problem and need to change. In one of them my character feels invisible and wants to become popular. In the other my character’s father has suddenly become ill and she has to deal with this. I know both books have characters that teens like and also they both end in a very satisfying way. The story centers on the kids and how they need to change to get what they want. Most people who have read my first book have identified with the characters. it speaks to them. 

For me, nothing can sweep me away like historical fiction. I get lost in the adventure, and our own history—from the Scottish Highlands to Ancient Rome. However, many of these books are so brutal and sexually explicit that I have to read gory parts with my eyes closed. They’re not appropriate for younger readers, or my mother.  *grin*

I think my niche is a unique one because I spend so much time researching and travelling to far off locations in order to bring history to life, while at the same time hoping to carry young readers off on the best possible adventure. 

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: Our genres for our audience

Hey Saturday, glad you're here.

Whew, back on normal track. It's always a relief to have things moving smoothly. To be able to just relax, maybe with a book.

Last week we were talking about adults reading MG/Tween/YA and why we should, this week we're touching a little different:

Because this is more an audience age category, MG/Tween/YA, what genre do you write/place your story in...mystery, SF, Fantasy, dark, drama?

Paranormal mystery.

I like to be lifted out of normal life, when I read a story, and I assume readers enjoy that too, so I usually write stories with magical or mystical elements My middle grade book 'DAFFODIL AND THE THIN PLACE' involves time slip, where the eponymous Daffodil travels from the twenty-first century back to the Victorian Age. There is plenty of mystery and drama involved! The sequel will involve Daffodil travelling back to 1916. I also have plans to write a YA sci-fi book.

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note:

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: Adults reading MG/Tween/YA?

Hey, hey, it's February!

I don't know about the rest of you, the adults at least, but my teen is constantly telling me about her books and why I should read them...must read them.

So, Musers...why should adults read MG/Tween/YA?

I read books that I can connect with the characters. To me MG/tween/YA characters have a fun, new outlook on life. I like the way these younger characters view the world around them. Makes me feel young again.

I read MG, Tween and YA fiction to find out what is currently popular with readers but also because books aimed at those age groups remind me of my youth and make me feel young again.

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note: