Well, I am a little late, but I just found a great campaign called Sparkfest, which encourages writers to blog about the inspiration behind their writing. I am currently working on a few picture book manuscripts as well as a YA novel manuscript. The inspiration behind my picture books is actually a teacher I had in a writing for children’s course. She did an amazing job of teaching me the ropes of the children’s writing field and sharing some of the best picture books ever written. She also shared her experiences as a children’s writer and showed me that publication is possible.
The inspiration behind my YA writing is more diverse. I’ve always enjoyed books that are edgy and a bit dark. I want to read about events that are worse than what I am experiencing. Some of my favorite YA book are Speak, Monster, Ask Alice, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and Kinda Like a Rockstar. Okay, and I also love Twilight.
I’d love to hear what your favorite picture books and YA books are. Please leave comments!