For the most part, I write for young adults even when I am writing for adults. I am not comfortable writing love stories, graphic violence and the like whether it’s sci-fi, fantasy, or anything else. I just finished drafting an adult science fiction, (what in the day would be called a space opera), and I realized that the only difference between it and my young adult sci-fi was that the characters are adults. Any romance is inferred.
Mostly the books, because I do love to read. That is one of the biggest things I miss in elementary libraries—discovering the new books that come out and how they affect the kids. When things like Skippyjon Jones, Bad Kitty, Harry Potter, or Percy Jackson fires children’ imaginations, I want to know why. Kids have it tough today; you sometimes see it in their eyes. Books give hope while also giving escape. Maybe that’s another reason I find sci fi and fantasy so fulfilling. You can place hope, heroism, humanity, and courage in a distant setting. You have still touched on those ugly things in life, but it’s not in your face, if that makes sense. I don’t think I could do a credible contemporary novel.
Up until I got my first (used) computer, everything was in vignettes in my mind while washing clothes or vacuuming the rug. And it was all pretty much fan fiction. I did write some short Star Trek stories in notebooks, even as far as back as high school, but none survived. That’s probably a good thing. Quite simply, after so many years, all those stories in my mind demanded exposure and the internet gave that to me. I also had some ‘mainstream’ stories and novels I began at that time, but I didn’t really know what to do with them, I was still busy raising kids and working full time. I didn’t have time to do more in my spare time than write fan fiction stories. And let’s face it—in fan fiction you have already established characters. It’s easier. I rediscovered Zorro, then tried to do straight sci fi with Lost in Space (hard to do with Dr. Smith in tow), then worked on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and a few other things tossed in. I