It’s been a summer filled with both clouds and sunshine. The clouds came and rained down pessimism and doubt on Shadowind. Honestly, I felt like dismissing Logan and Mindy to oblivion, never to fulfill their dreams of reuniting with their parents or returning home.
Trying to earn extra income as a writer (or any kind of artist, for that matter) has become increasingly difficult. There are people out there who expect our hard work to be free for the taking. Music even more so than books. Combine this troubling development with writing in a genre that has become dominated by female authors and readers, and I saw the makings of a fallen soufflé.
I’m very happy to see young women advancing the YA genre. In fact, I’m ecstatic! The hidden riptide of these current events is the underlying fact that teen boys aren’t reading, they’re playing. They prefer entertainment that is interactive. I like it too. A lot. But it hasn’t stopped me from reading.
But it almost stopped me from writing.
This summer, I saw the return of sunshine in the form of movies made from short stories and novels. I saw Tomorrowland and The Scorch Trials and was not only thoroughly entertained, but also motivated. The market is still open for YA material for guys. Perhaps if the storylines and characters are compelling enough, male teens will return to reading and realize how spoiled they are by the books available to them. There was no YA genre when I was that age, so I gobbled up Isaac Asimov and Alistair McClain novels (just to name two).
So after a summer hiatus, Logan and Mindy have jumped back into Shadowind’s perilous realm, hoping to rescue humanity from certain doom…or die trying.
This summer, they almost did.