IAM Guest Post…Why I Write YA

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Today’s guest post on about why she writes YA books is by lovely author Ron C. Nieto. We featured a cover reveal for Shattered Silence earlier in 2013, which is Book 2 in the Ghostly Rhapsody series.


Ron C. Nieto is a fantasy and romance author who has been writing in her secluded fortress for the longest time. Recently, she had a talk with her cat and decided that she should share her creations, because it was selfish to hoard them all for herself.

Why do I write YA?

Because it’s my very own version of Dorian Grey’s portrait: allows me to live vicariously through my characters and be forever seventeen. Mwahahahaha!

Or perhaps not.

You know, the first time I thought about writing YA I wasn’t entirely sure what that meant, genre wise. It looks like a ridiculous question now but I spent my teen years reading Homer, Walter Scott and Dostoevsky, so… forgive my ignorance?

The truth is that time passed, I began to read what most normal teenagers do (albeit in my twenties) and, suddenly, YA happened. Only after I had completed my first draft and had gone a first round of revisions and edits I began to consider the “Why” of it:

I realized I wanted to say something.

Which might sound obvious, but cheekiness aside, it isn’t. Up until I began writing YA, I thought I only wanted to tell a story, to meet new characters and have a fun time. Then, all of a sudden, I had this bunch of ideas about love and about dreams and about fighting chances, and my characters wanted to do something more than taking a stroll: they wanted to be passionate, and a little bit crazy, and they weren’t scared of crashing down every time they took a leap.

And when you think about it… isn’t that what being young is all about?

If I remember correctly, ten years ago I saw the world painted in extremes of happiness and sorrow, love was the greatest thing of all, trust was something earned and given over a shared laugh and a can of coke, and if a cause was good enough to believe in it, then it was good enough to fight for it. These days I’m much calmer. I think about crisis and about making it to the end of the month. Worst of all, I usually double-check when confronted with an act of kindness, looking for the catch.

I think I’m not the only one who changed like that overtime. I think it’s happened to all of us—it’s this dreadful thing called “growing up”. And I can’t help but believe that those golden, teen years were much purer, more… genuine.

I write YA because I want to remember what it was to be “me”, to care for the truly important things like friends and crushes and annoying family members. Because I want my older readers (yes, I know a lot of you are there!) to remember, to go back a little and rescue those feelings.

And because looking back, in my memories everything was simpler and easier… but when I was living those memories, some silly things were huge, so I want my younger readers to see themselves in perspective, to find themselves in my stories, to hopefully entertain them and maybe, just maybe, change them a little too, so they stay true without all the extra grief involved.

It took me a lot of time and effort to realize it, but I think I write YA, quite simply, because I need it.

Silent Song

   The princess of the school, Alice, is keeping a secret that could strip her of her high school fame. She is obsessed with the school’s outcast, Keith, but not just him – his music. 

   Since the inspiration for the song hit, Keith can’t get it out of his mind. The song must be played; it demands to be played. He knows the music is changing him, but he is unable to stop it. 

   Music has the ability to move you, enlighten you, and take you to places you have never dreamed of. And this particular piece? It has a life of its own and makes you forget who you really are. 

   As Keith and Alice learn of one another to the notes of that one perfect tune, they can overlook their roles and discover who they could be together. But they also discover someone else is listening and intends on keeping Keith to herself, possibly for an eternity.




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IAM Guest Post…Why I Read Indie Authors

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Today’s guest post about why she reads indie is by Adrianna Stepiano, author of the Memoir of a Mermaid series.


Recently, I was carrying on a perfectly random conversation with a woman at a dollar store. The conversation began while we were standing in front of a bin of $1 books–mostly novels. In her opinion, the books were not worth reading, her reasoning was based solely on the price of the book. She said as she carelessly tossed the paperbacks around, “Nope, wouldn’t be nothing good, they’re a dollar.” She let out an annoying laugh, she smelled like cheap perfume (perhaps a past purchase from the dollar store), and chomped on a wad of gum.

Really, I didn’t want to look up at her, I didn’t want to talk to her, I didn’t want to try to change her mind–but, in the bin full of books, I saw names, and those names belonged to authors, and those authors deserved more. More of what though? Money? Nah, most authors don’t care about money. They deserved to be “worth reading”, no matter the price of their book, or the store it was being purchased at.

What they didn’t deserve, was a double negative–or maybe it was a triple negative, I wasn’t sure. I took a deep breath and I said, “Anything.”

She said, “Huh?”

I elaborated, “..wouldn’t be anything good.”

Of course, she didn’t catch on to my correcting her, and instead mistook my words for an agreement. “Yeah, there ain’t nothing good in there.”

This is the type of narrow minded thinking that causes so many indie authors grief. (Just so you’re completely in the loop, I am an indie author.) Can you believe that many people have refused to read my book because it was not traditionally published? It’s true. They put my book in a ‘bin’, much like the overlooked dollar bin. The reasoning is this, “Indie authors tend to not know how to write, or they’ve been rejected by the publishing industry.” I tell you, that is absolutely not true.

I read, a lot. I read indie, I read traditional published books, I read blogs…really, I’ll read anything. However, I won’t read past the first few lines if the piece, book, post has been poorly written. The thing is, I don’t care ‘where’ it came from, I care about how it is written, I care about how interesting it is, I care about all the right things. That, in truth, is why I read indie, I simply do not discriminate.


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