Why write for kids and teens?

June 24, 2010

I often get asked why I write for kids and teens. Usually, it’s an adult asking, and the implied message is, “Why don’t you write for us?”

I prefer to write for ages 8 to 18 because it’s a rich time of life that is full of so many ups and downs, trials and victories. The teenage years in particular are ripe with possibilities for conflict, which is central to any story.

I do want to point out that writing for kids and teens is not easier than writing for adults. And it’s not about teaching them a lesson.

People who write for kids and teens typically adore stories, respect children of all ages, and have child-like voices inside them that cannot be silenced.

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Punch Like a Girl coverIn Punch Like a Girl, a teen girl with a hero complex tries to rescue others, whether they want it or not, in order to avoid facing her own fears of assault. Available from Orca Book Publishers. To watch the book trailer, click here. A 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens.

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