Thursday, July 28, 2011

YA Indie Carnival!

Welcome to The Shootin' Gallery and the third post in the YA Indie Carnival. The carnival is designed for authors, readers and reviewers of YA Indie books. Each Friday this team of YA Indies will post on a common theme.

Today's post theme is, why YA Paranormal Romance? Or, at least for me it is... Today we are supposed to explain why we chose to write about our genre of choice.

I teach high school theater arts and dance. I love my students and find they are a great inspiration for my writing. Additionally, I believe kids that read will grow up to become adults that succeed. I encourage my students (and my children) to read on a regular basis. We have discussions about our favorite books and characters. You can tell a lot about a person by the type of books they read and the characters they identify with.

Even as I am now well into my adult years I find that I enjoy YA books more than any other, particularly those that dabble in fantasy or the paranormal. I suppose it could be attributed to the hopefulness and open minded perspective of youth that has a tendency to decline as we reach our adulthood. Somewhere along the way our dreams get shattered and we become set in our ways. To me this fact means death to creativity and ultimately, boredom. I will strive to remain a kid at heart for the rest of my years.

In summary I will say that my love of the YA genre is an indirect result of my passion for change and the unknown. It is attributed to the "what if" factor, I suppose.

Well, that's my two cents. Make sure you make your way around to the other fascinating carni's booths in the YA Indie Carnival. You can find their links below. Enjoy the amusements!

Before you head off to the next booth in the carnival please don't forget about...

The Glassheart Chronicles by Fisher Amelie, J.L. Bryan, Courtney Cole, Wren Emerson, Amy Jones, Tiffany King, and Nicole Williams, available for purchase on Amazon NOW! (Yes, you read correctly, it is here early, yay!)

The Soul Quest Blog Tour, August 1st - 7th

The Guardians of Souls Blog Tour August 25th - 31st

The Guardians of Souls, Book Two in The Soul Quest Trilogy. It is available on Amazon NOW!

Carnival of fun!

The Ferris Wheel

Dani Snell: An awesome reviewer.

The Rockin' Roller Coaster

Patti Larsen: Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, and The Diamond City Trilogy.

The Kissing Booth

Courtney Cole: Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.

Cotton Candy Corner

Wren Emerson: Author of I Wish and a contributing author in the upcoming anthology that I am participating in (The Glassheart Chronicles).

The Fun House

Nicole Williams: An indie author of paranormal fiction. Her titles include: Eternal Eden, and the upcoming Fallen Eden. She is also participating in the Glassheart Chronicles and her Eternal Eden is my Indie Book of the week! Here is the link to my review on Goodreads.

The Dunking Booth

Fisher Amelie: Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.

The Carousel
Laura Elliott: Author of the recently released Winnemucca!

The Haunted Castle

Rachel Coles: Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms.


T.R. Graves: Author of Warriors of the Cross.

The Face Painting Booth

Cydni Tefft: Author of Between

The Fortune Teller
P.J. Hoover: Author of Solstice

Popcorn and Caramel Apples!
Alicia McCalla: Author of Breaking

Pony Rides!
Heather Cashman: Author of Perception

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  1. Amy,

    "kids that read will grow up to become adults that succeed" - I love that! I also have a passion for the unknown! I think you've really hit on why so many of us write YA. Great post! I love being on the carousel with you too:)

  2. Let's not lose our hopefulness and open-minded perspective. Evah! *raises a glass to YA*

  3. Love that 'what if' factor! Yay YA! I agree totally--the possibilities are so endless, Amy... and leave us wide open to dream. SO important--here's to dreaming!

  4. Thanks to my carousel buddy, my hopeful and open minded friend and my partner in dreaming! :)

  5. You have done a great job at summarizing what is needed to write and read paranormal. The more 'hopeful' and 'open minded' we are, the better the book and the more magical the experience. Here's to hoping we never lose that side of ourselves. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I agree one hundred percent T. R.

    Thanks for sharing your support!