Okay, bear with me as I’m learning a new blogging program. 🙂 I’m SO excited to see up and running.

At the moment, I’m in Orlando, FL, attending the Romantic Times BookLovers pre-convention. Official convention starts on Wednesday. I love this convention! So much fun!

Linnea Sinclair and I taught writing seminars today on Point of View, Conflict, Grammar, and Sensuality. The sensuality panel is always a hot one, both in terms of content and differing view points. Some people are surprised and dismayed to discover that there are “adult themes” in many YA novels.

When I was younger, many of the books in the YA section (back then, it was just the Kids Section) read like After School Specials on paper. You know, “do this bad thing [disrespect your parents, have sex, drink alcohol, etc.] and BIG BAD SCARY consequences will occur, from which you will learn a valuable lesson and never make a mistake again.” Blah.

Yes, life is about learning, but it’s rarely so cut and dried. And I hate preaching, of any variety, through a story. The story should be about the people in it and their issues, not scaring you, the reader, into or out of particular behavior. This, by the way, is my opinion for ALL books, not just YA.

Must run for dinner now! 🙂

3 comments to “Website is live!”

  1. Susan
    · April 23rd, 2009 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Yay! The website is up!!! It looks awesome, Stacey! I wonder why you hate preaching of any kind 😉

    So excited to buy this book off of a shelf! Cannot wait!!!!

  2. Lucile
    · April 26th, 2009 at 12:17 am · Link

    Oh how I wish I could have gone to more than the book fair (though that was amazing) but now know about your book anyway 🙂

  3. Stacey Kade
    · April 26th, 2009 at 2:59 am · Link

    Thanks, Lucile! Glad you enjoyed the book fair. 🙂 RT is amazing and overwhelming all at the same time, right? I can’t wait until next year! 🙂

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