Hauntings, History and Headway – Notes on Writing the Paranormal, Historical and Queer

Jerico Lenk, author of YA paranormal The Missing and absolutely terrible blogger, crawls out from the landslide of end-of-semester papers and thesis projects and graduate applications to offer some insight on writing paranormal fiction, historical fiction, and queer representation at large.

Paranormal Fiction

Write what scares you.

Scaring yourself is a must – whether it’s literally, with ghosts and hauntings, or figuratively, like the most monstrous parts of human nature. Shock yourself. Make yourself uncomfortable. If you succeed with that, you’ll probably succeed in scaring the reader, too.

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Finding Authenticity In YA? Harder Than You Think

This post was inspired by YA Misfits “Ask a Teen” Twitter chats.  As an eighteen-year-old college student and literary agency intern, I have the opportunity to read excessive amounts of  YA fiction and submitted YA manuscripts.  And I find, that generally the depiction of young adults does not ring true with modern high school and tends to lean on Hollywood stereotypes found in film, television and advertising.  Generally, those stereotypes consist of teenagers behaving like hedonistic adults or angst-driven youth restricted by a high school caste-system.

If you’ve ever seen a show like Gossip Girl, where the teenagers run around Manhattan ordering drinks at bars and attending glamorous parties, or Glee, where there’s a rigid caste system of jocks, cheerleaders, and the losers who are “slushied,” than you’ve seen these stereotypes.  Below, you will find just a few of the more prevalent stereotypes alongside their actuality. Continue reading