Monday, October 22, 2012

{My Indie Monday} Nicole J. Persun


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Nicole J. Persun is a fantasy writer who lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She’s currently going to Goddard College for a degree in Creative Writing, and is on the board of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association as Student Liaison. Her debut novel, A Kingdom’s Possession, was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in the fantasy category. She often speaks at libraries, writer’s groups, and writer’s conferences across the country

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Why Writing Young Adult Novels is Great

The young adult book market is really big right now. Harry Potter was a steppingstone for leading adults into the genre, and I can see why. Young adult books are fun, edgy, and entertaining. And nowadays, readers look toward books for entertainment as much as they do for thought. In the past, I’ve done posts on the speculations of the definition of young adult books, the reason they’re so attractive to readers, the controversy over the dark topics stemming from them today… Yet I’ve never spoken on the reason young adult books are fun to write, and let’s face it, without the writers, the market would be nothing.

A friend of mine once told me that the beauty of the young adult novel is that we’re dealing with a clean-slate for a character. While adult characters have childhoods, past relationships, and careers, young adult heroes have none of that—or at least, their back-stories are minimal. It simply comes with the territory of being young. This does not mean that young adult characters are less interesting, less active, or less deep. In fact, my point is the opposite. Young adult characters have the potential to grow quite a lot within their story because often, this is the character’s first real journey.

The theme of finding oneself is very attractive nowadays. Who isn’t trying to navigate their way into a higher understanding of self? Those coming-of-age stories, those young-love stories, those first-adventure stories are perhaps some of the very best, some of the most inspiring, some of the most real and uninhibited. Young adults are notorious for stuff like that, and with their personalities comes a sort of innocence and discovery that can’t be found in adult novels, simply because of the nature of these very different kinds of characters.

I’ve written in both young adult and adult genres and while both are rewarding and both have their upsides and downsides, I have to say that there is nothing like writing in the point of view of young adults. Readers have more of an acceptance for failure and mistakes when coming from a younger character. In many cases, this means more twists and turns, more pitfalls and false-victories, more growth, and more celebration of success. And who knows? Through writing young adult novels, we writers are shaping some very interesting back-stories—back-stories that have the potential to show up in later adult-fiction works, when our characters grow up.




A Kingdom’s Possession blends ancient magic, love and intrigue in a romantic fantasy told in a fresh new voice.
A wayward prince, his twin brother, a mystical woman of fire, and an escaped slave band together, to free an outcast goddess – if they can elude a powerful rogue kingdom intent on their destruction.
Max, a young woman who has just escaped a life of slavery, finds herself at the heart of a heated rebellion and a complicated legend. As the kingdom of Alice seeks power among the realms, a flawed goddess is thrown from the heavens and forced to reside inside Max’s body. The king of Alice, lusting for the rewards the goddess will grant upon the kingdom that releases her from her human cage, sends spies to capture Max and release the goddess in the most ruthless way: through death. Will Max and her friends solve the magical riddle before her pursuers? And what of her budding love for the prince? A captivating tale of love, freedom, and choices,
Nicole J. Persun’s debut novel proves to be an early glimpse into a successful writing career.


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1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to thank you for the Kindle book "We Are Savages" that I won in the last drawing. Yay! This book sounds amazing, I REALLY appreciate this AND MMSAI. :)

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