I wrote my first young adult novel this year. A young adult (YA) novel is a book that will most likely be enjoyed by children 12-18 years old. Since all of my previous books had been written for a younger audience, I did a lot of research before getting started.
Some of this research involved reading books about how to write the novel. I read tips like - include a teenage protagonist, write in the present tense and in the first person, keep the pace fast, and don't be afraid to touch on risky topics like sex and drugs.
Most of my research involved reading other young adult novels.This was, of course, most valuable. I passed some of them to my children for their opinions and I quickly came to the conclusion that YA novels could be divided into three categories: books the parents like, books the teens like, and those books that meet the approval of both sides.
I aimed at getting Another Day smack in the middle of these two interest groups and if I stray off center, I should be a little to the right!