Take one question…

Have you ever wondered what music your favourite writer listens to or were curious about their guilty pleasure read? Wonder no more.

I posed a series of fun questions to the South African writing community and invited them to choose one to answer.

Their responses might surprise you.

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Interview with Kate Cann

4 April 2011

I tend to wax lyrical about the importance of plot in YA novels.

Teens want to be entertained. They want to be thrilled, to sit on the edge of their seats. That’s why I love Kate Cann. She’s written about twenty books for teens, which are all nail-bitingly brilliant. Instead of deadpan girl-meets-boy stories that have as much depth as a small puddle, her books are enthralling, plot driven and most importantly, real.
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Why do teenagers love vampires?

1o November 2010

The global best seller lists are teeming with paranormal romance titles from Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods and PC Cast’s House of Night series to Maggie Stiefvater’s werewolf love-fest Shiver. Speculative teen fiction is big business. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga has sold over 100 million copies globally and has been adapted into three equally record-breaking films, with two more on the way.
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Sexuality in teen lit

10 September 2010

I recently interviewed several prominent novelists about their take on the young adult genre, asking them, among other things, what elements a young adult novel should include, what teens like to read, and how they deal with an aging readership.

The answers I received were quite surprising.

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Quotes from the teen queen

20 September 2010

I have just completed my article on young adult literature, so once its published, I’ll post it on my blog in its entirety. But before that, I wanted to post the leftover bits of the interview I had with young adult novelist extraordinaire, L.J. Smith.

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