Hello contemporary YA readers!! So glad you're here!
Please look around and check out all the info. we've set up for you (see the tabs at the top of the page). There's a lot to share, but first, I want to tell you why this group is here.
It's pretty simple, really. See, I love contemporary Young Adult fiction.
I love it so much, I'd have dreams of a big party with all of my favorite authors.
We'd have karaoke set up so we could sing and dance, and in between songs, we'd eat cupcakes. Hundreds of cupcakes. And we'd invite teens, thousands and thousands of teens, so we could sing, dance, and eat cupcakes together. Then, at the end of the night, I'd give a speech that went something like this:
Hi everyone, thanks for being here!
I love singing and dancing with awesome people like you.
And we ALL love contemporary YA fiction, right?
(Everyone in the crowds raises their fists and yells, "Right!")
I know - it rocks!
(Lots of yelling, cheering and whistling)
So come on, dance with me as we celebrate contemporary YA fiction!
(Kool & the Gang steps on stage and starts singing, "Celebrate good books, come on!")
But after years of lottery tickets with all the wrong numbers, I decided a different approach might be necessary. So when I sold a contemporary YA novel last spring, the wheels started turning. Maybe I couldn't take on the whole lot of contemporary fiction (or have the biggest dance party ever), but perhaps I could take on a group with novels releasing over the course of a year. I put some feelers out, and I had a good response. And then my friend Lindsey Leavitt said, let's make it happen. She set up a time to call me, we talked, and suddenly it wasn't just an idea anymore. It was a plan.
Okay, sadly, there are no cupcakes or karaoke here, although in our books, who knows? But hopefully with the help of this incredible group of authors that has gathered here, we can still have fun, discuss books and interesting topics, and celebrate contemporary YA fiction. You are going to be blown away by the amazing books coming at you from this group. We have books with action, adventure, friendship, romance, mystery, drama, heartache, death, and sharks. Yes. Sharks!!
We are 21 authors who are all about keeping it real with books coming out between September 2010 and August 2011. We're running it with the school year because for teens, it often feels like that's the year that really counts.
Some of us have many books on the shelves, some of us are debuts. Some of us write only contemporary YA, some of us write other things. But the two things we have in common are the books we're bringing to you in the coming twelve months and our love for contemporary YA fiction.
During the coming year, we plan on discussing real life stuff teens are experiencing. We're going to (over)share information from our own teen years and ask some of your favorite authors to do the same. And we plan on highlighting contemporary YA fiction whenever possible, not just our own, but many other great books by other YA authors. It really isn't all about us, I promise.
I hope you'll check out the "Get Involved" tab, because to make this work, we need you like Taylor Swift needs her guitar! So please, get involved in any way you can. We'll be blogging regularly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and occasionally on Fridays. Primarily, we want some great conversations to happen here. We want to make you think, make us think, and remind everyone why contemporary YA fiction is so freaking important. And awesome.
Okay, let's get the party started! Can you share one or two of your favorite contemporary YA books with us today in the comments? (See the top of the blog post where it says "comments" and click there.) We'd love to know which ones have rocked your world! And then spread the word via your blog, twitter, facebook, or your adorable mouth that we're here and we're celebrating contemporary YA fiction!
Before you go, we hope you'll hit the follow button. And please come back tomorrow for a fun surprise and the kick-off of a FABULOUS contest!
Keep it real,