I was asked the other day why I chose to write a Young Adult book. I take it they meant why didn’t you write a lesfic book instead? Well, the truth is that I did write a lesfic book. It will be out next month. In the past year in the lesfic genre I wrote two novels, a novella and four short stories. So, writing YA is not stopping my lesfic outflow. Also, if you knew me, you’d see know how natural YA is. You see, I have a thirteen year-old daughter, Emma. I am writing for her.
Emma came home from school one day and showed me the book she was reading. It was one of the Harry Potters. I asked her if she liked the book. She replied, “Sorta. But why are the good books always about boys?”
Well, that got me to thinking… Why are there so many books with male lead characters? Why are all the stories featuring female protagonists romances? (Okay, not all of them, but enough of them to give me pause.)
I asked Emma, “If you had a book to read with a girl as the lead character, what would you want her to be like?”
She replied, “Brave. Strong. I want her to have big adventures. I want her to sometimes be scared of stuff, but overcome it. And I’d like her to be invisible.”
So that’s what I wrote. (Except for the invisible part. Sorry, Em, maybe next time!)
My goal with writing Young Adult is to give young girls (or boys!) a lead character they can relate to. I want to give them a role model that doesn’t base their entire self-worth on a boy. I want them to read about Rebel, my lead character, and go on adventures with her and learn what she learns and overcome stuff even when they’re scared.
That’s why I’m proud of my newest book, “Once Upon a Time Travel.” I use the pen name Dinah Katt when writing Young Adult. FYI: I chose the name Dinah Katt because Alice in Wonderland is my favorite book. And Dinah is the name of Alice’s cat.
Twelve-year-old Rebel has a nose for trouble. During in-school detention, Rebel stumbles upon a wormhole and travels back in time to the 1930s Dust Bowl of Oklahoma. She meets Dixie O’Dell, an orphaned girl with Artful Dodger tendencies. While on the run from the law, Rebel and Dixie are taken in by a traveling freak show. The illustrated woman, a dwarf, spider girl, the world’s fattest woman, and the half-man, half-woman teach Rebel the true meaning of family.