Tuesday, November 13, 2012

YA Teen Tuesday: Why YA?

Young Adult Author Suzy Turner has something awesome to celebrate today, the release of her YA novel THE GHOST OF JOSIAH GRIMSHAW!!! *pompom cheers* And she's here to give you her reason why she writes for the young adult audience. Let's give her the floor.

When I was a child, I read children's books. When I was a teenager I read raunchy chick lit (!). When I was an adult, I started to read YA. So yes, perhaps I did go a bit awry in my teens but I learned a lot!

But why did I only discover YA books in my adulthood? Well, that's easy really. It was when Harry Potter appeared on the scene, followed by Twilight and the Hunger Games. These were the books that tempted me into the realms of books for teens and young adults. I devoured them and all other books like them. So with such a passion for reading this genre, it seemed only natural that I should write them. I'm so glad I did. The Raven Saga was my first foray into the YA world and the series has been welcomed by all with open arms (huge sigh of relief).

Having learned a lot along the way, I believe my latest offering is my best work to date. Yes I admit it, I'm proud of it and I hope you will be too. The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw has already started receiving rave reviews, in fact one reviewer wrote: 'I would go so far as to say that this book could be the beginnings of a series as good as those by J.K. Rowling!' (Cue dancing around the room like a crazed teenager with a grin like the Cheshire Cat!)

To read more about The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, please check out the virtual tour. Tomorrow, I can be found on E.J Steven's blog, From the Shadows.

Description: Adopted sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane are polar opposites, but when the same strange 'tattoo' suddenly appears and winds its way up their bodies within days of each other, they soon realise there's more to their relationship than they could ever have imagined.

Sent off to London for two weeks of 'work experience', the Morgan Sisters soon find themselves being initiated into the ancient Praxos Foundation, one that protects the innocent while fighting evil, both human and supernatural.

At the same time, Lana Beth and Emma Jane must also investigate why the sweet but sometimes pesky ghost of Josiah Grimshaw just won't leave them alone.

Visit Suzy on her Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest. The book is available on Amazon.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, SA!
    :) x

  2. Always love the spotlight on YA! Sounds like a great book! Best of luck! :D

  3. Does sound great! congrats on your success. Hope this one takes off!

  4. Thank you so much, PK and Laura! I am really excited about this one :D

  5. Your new novel sounds really good. Good luck to you, Suzy.

    Hugs an chocolate,

  6. Hugs and chocolate? Two of my favourite things! Thanks Shelly :D

  7. Wow - that was an amazing comment by that reviewer - congrats to Suzy!

  8. Yay, Suzy! I believe I read the first book of your Raven series, and I enjoyed it. (Now to activate my time-stopper so I can catch up on the rest.)

    I got stuck in the YA genre when I was 10, and I've never escaped. Sure I've read (and do read) some adult, but can it really compare? The imagination, the adventure... And now that my kids are old enough to enjoy my favorites, it's been a blast to share.

  9. Reading and writing YA is just the best. Have to agree there. I love the premise of your latest publication and I love that book cover. Both girls look like mischief cometh nigh.

  10. Susan, Crystal and Angela... thank you so much for your kind comments. Its lovely to have so much support from fellow YA lovers! :)

  11. I simply am in cover love here, and the blurb sounds so engaging. I added your book to my daughter's and mine to be read holiday reading list. Can't wait. And I love diversity in my characters so I'm really excited about this one.

  12. Thank you so much, LM! I do hope you and your daughter enjoy the book! :)


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