Lisa Orchard: Writing for the YA Market

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! My name is Lisa Orchard and I’m guest blogging today courtesy of Lisa. I want to take a moment and thank her for allowing me to be here. Thanks Lisa! (Great first name by the way!)

The last time I was here I talked about being a pantser, a seat of my pants writer. Today I’d like to touch on the special considerations that an author must think about when writing for the Young Adult market.

How is writing for the young adult market different than writing for the adult market? That is a very good question. First of all, when I write for this market my lead character should act as a role model for my readers. So, I have to make sure that she doesn’t condone bad behavior. I know what you’re thinking…how would I get someone to read my stories if they were high-brow moralistic dribble? That my friend is the question, how do I get someone interested in my story to read it, teach them a lesson and entertain them at the same time? A tough job for sure! Especially in today’s world, teens are looking for edgy books that reflect the issues that they’re facing today.

The way that I do this is by putting my characters in situations where they must make decisions. Sometimes they make good decisions and sometimes they don’t. When they don’t, I show the consequences of those decisions. By doing this, I’m hoping the reader learns the life lessons that are being illustrated right along with the characters.

I also hope that I’m showing young readers that they can survive a bad decision. I want them to know mistakes are actually valuable lessons that can be overcome. Everyone makes them, but not everyone learns from them.

So, how do I do the above and make the story one that my readers will want to read? I turn it into a suspenseful thriller that will have them on the edge of their seats. My stories have twists and turns that keep the young reader guessing. Below is a direct quote from one reader.

“The Super Spies are like Nancy Drew of the twenty first century but MORE FABULOUS! A must read for all ages.” A review from Paige.

As you can tell she really enjoyed the story, I think any tween/teen would. Right now I’ve got two available. The covers and blurbs are below. Check them out and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your comments.

Blurb for Lisa’s latest book:

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

Check out Lisa’s other book in the Super Spies series, too. 🙂

Find out more about Lisa Orchard and Buy Her Books:

“The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Super-Spies-Lady-Killer-ebook/dp/B007JZH61K

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-super-spies-and-the-cat-lady-killer-lisa-orchard/1109518725?ean=2940014338202

Astraea Press: http://www.astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=662250&mode=product&product=10078468

“The Super Spies and the High School Bomber”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Spies-School-Bomber-ebook/dp/B008P8O7OY

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-super-spies-and-the-high-school-bomber-lisa-orchard/1112263058?ean=2940014992244

Astraea Press: http://www.astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=662250&mode=product&product=13594238

Social Media Sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lisa-Orchard/328536613877060

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisaorchard1

Website: http://www.lisaorchard.com/

  1. “I want them to know mistakes are actually valuable lessons that can be overcome. ” That is such an important lesson that many teachers in the past never understood. Great/interesting post.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Sherry I appreciate your positive comments! 🙂

  3. Sherry, I mean’t to also add your support too! LOL!! I hit the wrong button on the keyboard! 🙂

  4. Thanks Lisa for allowing me to guest today! I enjoyed writing the post! 🙂

  5. I use humor and face-paced stories to get the kids attention, Lisa! I know what you mean though, this market is tough to crack. But I see you’re doing just fine! Cheers on a great post and best of luck in your middle-grade series!

  6. Thanks for stopping by Sharon! I appreciate the support! 🙂

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