Young young authors

There’s a lot of cynicism about Gen Ys, the Millenials, the Next Generation – we’ve all heard it – they’re lazy, self-involved, uncommunicative, have short attention spans and are technology obsessed (frankly I have no idea facebook where myspace anyone got that twitter idea.com).

Now, I like to organise things in my world into baskets as much as the next person, but not when it comes to people. Here are some very young authors who are proving all the cynics wrong!

Steph Bowe is a young author of 16 who is tech-savvy (her blog Hey, Teenager of the Year is full of great book reviews, teen and literature-related news and opinions), has a long attention span (it takes a hell of a lot of concentration to write a novel worthy of publication!), and whose book Girl Saves Boy started a bidding war with publishers.

Now with a two-book deal, this is a Millenial who is highly motivated, and whose book has already won praise from this year’s Newberry Prize winner Rebecca Stead. Here’s a little lowdown on Girl Saves Boy from Steph’s blog:

“The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life.
Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher?
No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…
But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine?
With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way.
But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.
Girl S
aves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.

Girl Saves Boy hits shelves in late August and is published by Text Publishing.

Helen Maysey is a twelve year old inspiration. After writing and illustrating a picture book for a school project, Helen heard about the Indigenous Literacy Project, and decided she could help raise funds.
‘Too Blue’, her picture book is the story of a town trying to win a Most Colourful Town competition. Unfortunately the adults have got it all wrong and paint the whole town the one colour: blue. It takes a little girl to help them see that perhaps that was rather a silly idea, and they try to paint the town back the way it was. But they end up painting everything the wrong colour! It’s not all doom and multi-coloured gloom though: because of the little girl’s efforts the town wins the Most Colourful Town award!

Helen decided that she could do a print run of her book and sell copies to raise money for the ILP. She held a book launch at her house for parents, teachers, schoolmates and family friends; blue lemonade and blue food was the fare of the day. “Almost everyone bought a copy of the book,” Helen said, and with their help, she has managed to raise close to $400, which she has very generously donated to the ILP. (see my full article on Helen and her book here)

And of course, there’s Alexandra Adornetto, who was 14 when her first children’s fantasy novel ‘The Shadow Thief’ (published in 2007). She sat down one school holiday to write her book despite her parents’ best efforts to get her out of the house and encourage her social life! Her new book, which jumps on the new teen bandwagon of ‘fallen angel’ fantasy, is called Halo and is out in August.

And if you need more info on  Gen Ys and their effect on the future of publishing – have a look at this!

In related posts, see Britain’s top 20 writers under 40 here

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~ by ConsanguineousMind on June 15, 2010.

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