Popular teen magazine editor and Young Adult author Melissa Walker invites you to join me for a special teen event on Aberration Nation:
I’ve been a teen magazine editor for years, and I write Young Adult novels as well. Here’s why: I love teenagers. It may sound strange, but I don’t think I ever left my 17-year-old state of being. Sure, I know more, maybe I’m a little wiser, a little more mature … but at my core, I’m still that girl who swooned over a new song and cried her eyes out when she left her best friends for college.
The high highs and low lows of that stage of life are the stuff of fairy tales, of epic adventures, and, of course, of novels. The teen audience is honest and open, raw and real–they’ll tell you if they lovelovelovelovelovelove!!!!! something, or if it just plain sucks. And they care about whether it’s good or bad. They care about the story you’re sharing. They’re engaged in a way adult readers often aren’t.
And so I’m excited to read the Aberration Nation Teen stories … because at that age, which is full of aberrations, every moment is alive and singing with possibility and passion.
Thanks for having me here, Penelope.
Here’s how it will go down beginning on Sunday, June 21st. Every other day for approximately two weeks, the following posts will go up:
1) Why Teens: Penelope’s Explanation
2) Selective Mutism: A Teen Aberration Story
3) Runaway Lisa (Part 1): An Aberration Story
4) I Lost My Leg: A Teen Aberration Story
5) Runaway Lisa (Part 2): An Aberration Story
6) I Did Not Cause 9/11: A Teen Aberration Story
7) Runaway Lisa (Part 3): An Aberration Story
8) I’m Stubborn: A Teen Aberration Story
9) Final Thoughts
As always, each post will include a few introductory thoughts from yours truly. Also expect a glimpse of the poetry I wrote as a teen throughout the event. (And if I’m brave enough, I may toss in some of my journal entries.)
Don’t forget to join Melissa and I for a thought provoking journey into the differences and similarities of how we experience, view, and express our aberrations as teens and as adults.
See you on Sunday!