I met the wonderful Kiera Cass a week and a half ago when she participated in my YA Lit series at 92Y. The event was amazing; girls came dressed in full ball gowns with tiaras. I even had a few girls travel all the way from Brazil! Apparently, Brazilians are obsessed with Kiera. Who knew? That’s one of the best parts of running the YA Lit series, the fans are seriously amazing.
It makes me proud of writing YA. If these young kids read your work and love and take something good out of it, there’s no better feeling in the world.
As part of breaking my writer’s block, I’ve been trying to read more. I just finished two great books: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Clean Sweep was really original with great humor. Cruel Beauty had a heroine who wasn’t necessarily likable, but I loved her! Such a great book with beautiful prose. And reading both of those worked! I was inspired to write a bit. Two pages. Okay, it’s not much, but it’s something!