Category Archives: YA

Who should read YA? by Gill-Marie Stewart

A recent article by Anthony McGowan in The Guardian claimed that 80% of readers of Young Adult (YA) fiction are over 25. This was presented as a bad thing. But does it matter? Does what we read have to be … Continue reading

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EXAMS AND YA FICTION by Gill-Marie Stewart

Do exams – and in particular exam success – feature more in YA fiction than in real life? I’ve been pondering this recently. Is YA fiction some middle-class enclave where for the most part exams matter and, for the most … Continue reading

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Character-building

I have spent all day creating character profiles for my new book. It’s one of the things they tell you to do when you start writing, and something I’ve only ever done in the sketchiest way. I have always thought … Continue reading

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Reviewing books – who’s it even for?

You probably already know that as well as this blog, the Paisley Piranhas also run a book-review blog (check us out for some YA recommendations if you haven’t already). We review books because we love them and we want to … Continue reading

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WRITING A SERIES – WHAT I WISH I’D KNOWN by Gill-Marie Stewart

I’m currently working on the third in a series of (probably) three books. I envisaged this as a series, a trilogy, from the word go. I love reading series and was in no doubt that I would love writing one. … Continue reading

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Why YA = Story Dynamite

So I was talking with a group of writers and I commented that a historical piece someone else is working on would make a really good subject for a YA novel. From right beside me, I heard one of the … Continue reading

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Diversity in Books – is that still a thing?

There’s a lot of discussion about diversity in books at the moment – well, lack of diversity mostly. But balancing out these discussions are cries that we’re doing as well as we can, pointing at this, that or the other … Continue reading

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