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Skean copy The debate still rages about whether adults should be proudly reading Young Adult fiction (see Tuesday’s post with links). I was at a recent family gathering, and several of us sat around chatting about the books we had read, were reading, or were looking forward to reading.

Young Adult books and authors (Suzanne Collins, Nancy Werlin, Kristin Cashore, Alice Hoffman, Marissa Meyer, etc.) were discussed. I consider myself and the other family members who were part of the discussion to be well-educated, well-read, and definitely not “book snobs.” We agreed YA books are for all readers. So I must side with those who think Slate’s point of view is wrong.

Here’s another post about YA books and adult readers: Slate’s Condescending Against “YA” Couldn’t Be More Wrong – Young Adult Fiction Is For Everyone

Any thoughts from my readers? And remember, if you’re looking for some YA (or YA-friendly) books, check out Owl Light, The Enchanted Skean, and The Greener Forest at Amazon. 🙂

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impossible I hope you answered the title question with a loud, “No!” If so, you’ll enjoy: No, you do not have to be ashamed of reading young adult literature

This is the 3rd week I’ve shared links to some of the articles posted recently about adults reading YA. If you missed the previous posts, here are the links: Against YA and More YA Discussion and Adults Read YA Books and Read What You Want and YA is Good for Adults.

Thursday, I’ll share the final post (for now) in this series about the adults reading Young Adult books bruhaha. I hope you’ll stop by and take a look.

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The theme of the upcoming issue of the Maryland-based literary magazine, Little Patuxent Review, is “Make Believe.”  I’m delighted to say I’ll have an essay titled, “Fairy Stories, Magic, and Monsters,” in that issue.

Though I need to address Editor Laura’s suggestions, the essay will remain much as I first wrote it. In examining our enduring fascination with fantasy, I was able to use examples from stories by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum, J.K. Rowling, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Neil Gaiman, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Nancy Werlin, March Cost, and Charles Dickens. But I could have written a much longer, more involved essay which included the work of dozens of other authors who’ve given readers magical worlds to inhabit as they turned the pages of a book.

 In my new book, The Greener Forest, I tried to bring a bit of that magic to my readers. Have I succeeded? Only time will tell. But I did receive my first email from someone who bought a copy of The Greener Forest, reprinted here with permission:

“Hello! I bought a copy of your book at the Mythic Faire in Maryland.  I finished it in one sitting–I couldn’t put it down.  Thanks for an enjoyable read; your stories were sincere &  full of wonder and joy. Keep up the great work! — K. Masters”

And thank you, K. Masters, for your note. Writing is a solitary passion and it’s nice to know that someone besides your editor enjoys the fantasy worlds you’ve created. Want your copy of The Greener Forest? Visit: http://coldmoonpress.com/quickbuy.html  And remember, the world is full of mystery & magic. We just need to look, listen, and believe that wondrous things are still possible.

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