Ghenet Myrthil, over at All About Them Words is co-hosting a blogfest about, well, why people write YA.
Why do I write YA? It's not the only thing I write and, in fact, my current WIP is my first attempt at YA. I didn't set out to write a YA novel, but simply to write the story pounding away at my brain. It was the characters who led me to writing YA. They're teenagers, and it's a story of their survival without adults around to guide them. Had the story been about a group of adults, it would have been a regular ol' novel for grown ups.
I will say, though, that I enjoy the YA age group in real life, so writing for them is fun. It seems I'm always around a teen for one reason or another, and I always leave that interaction in a good, and often creative, mood. I remember what it was like to be able to walk around and just be myself, not worried about meeting some lame idea of socially acceptable motherly behavior. The creativity was always flowing when I was a teen, and it was okay to be weird and to express myself. There is a certain freedom in being a teenager that we lose in adulthood.
On the flip side of that, I also remember the pressures and stresses of being a teenager. I remember people judging me based on my age, automatically assuming I was up to some mischief or other, simply because there was a one at the beginning of the number that happened to be my age. Rather than other mothers judging what kind of mother I am, it was my teen peers judging me. School and work took up most of my time. I was often made to feel like a second class citizen. My bosses took advantage of my being a teen. I could probably go on forever, as it seems age doesn't necessarily dull the edges of these issues, but I think that's good enough.
In Lonely Hollow: Synthesis, the young adults in my story are proving on a daily basis that they can take care of themselves. They can run a town successfully, keep themselves fed and even deal with adults who try to take advantage of them because they are isolated and sans adult protectors or guides. It's a bit of an homage to those who are going through the things I've already been through, and I can only hope that I do them proud, because they are the reason I was able to embrace this story and write it in the way it was meant to be written.