Our featured author today is MB Mulhall, telling us why she writes YA books and showcasing her novel Tears of a Clown. Let’s find out more!
Why I Write YA…
I am long past what is considered my “Young Adult” years, but I find myself drawn to writing stories dealing with teens and young adults more than anything else. I think it’s because so many people can relate to them. Even though they’re meant for teens, most adults have fond (or not so fond) memories of that time in life and can take a trip down memory lane by reading the books I write.
Young Adult novels aren’t fluff and dumbed down writing. They deal with serious topics and situations and I think it’s important for me to bring some of those issues to light whether it drug use, gay relationships or eating disorders. I don’t tone down the language or the severity of the situations because I want it to be as realistic as possible.
I also love the idea of first love and all that comes along with it. Those butterflies in the stomach, the worries about whether they’ll do it the right way, say the wrong thing, that first kiss. I love to be able to recreate it and have readers relive their own memories as they read along.
There’s so much growth and self-awareness in the teen years that leaves for so many writing possibilities and character development. Writing young adult novels allows me relive the good and bad moments of my youth and hopefully instill in those reading my books that change is possible, a broken heart isn’t the end of the world, that high school won’t last forever and there’s plenty of good times to come.
Some wear it to make themselves look sexy and mature, in the hopes to attract the attention of a paramour.
Darcy wears hers as a mask, a deterrent, a tribute of sorts to the musical group who got her through her parents’ messy divorce.
When she’s uprooted from her hometown in Detroit and plopped down into rural Georgia, the townsfolk don’t know whether she’s an escapee from the circus or a devil worshiping antichrist looking to kill their pets and corrupt their children.
Much to her surprise, Darcy finds herself in the middle of a bizarre love triangle; the preppy good-looking popular boy that all parents would love on one side, and the bad boy heartthrob that would have fathers sitting on their porches with shotguns and mothers buying chastity belts on the other.
Not surprisingly, Darcy also finds herself the object of cruel jokes, bullying and pies in the face. While she’s trying to stand up for what she believes in and exact revenge on those who treat her and her friends badly, she also has to decide between the two guys vying for her attention.
Will one of them really be able to see beyond the makeup and love her for her? Or will she end up just being a pawn in a long standing rivalry between the boys?
*Recommended for older teens age 15+*
About the Author
MB Mulhall is the author of Young adult novels, Near Death and Tears of a Clown, as well as a budding photographer. When she’s not pecking away at her keyboard or looking at the world up close through her lens, she’s got her nose stuck in a book. A Jersey girl, born and bred, she spends much of her time scouring the boardwalks for images to capture and conversations to overhear. MB dreams of filling bookshelves with her own work and of plastering her walls with photographs she’s taken from places around the world.
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