Category Archives: Young Adult

Takeaways from YA panel at Crime Bake

During the New England Crime Bake conference a couple of weeks ago, I sat in on the panel titled “High School Murder: Writing the Young Adult Mystery.” Our own Julie Hennrikus moderated the panel that consisted of: Peter Abrahams (aka … Continue reading

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Social Media for YA Mystery Authors — and Others!

I think it’s important, at least for my own sanity, to spend more time writing than promoting. Honestly, I’d rather just write. But today, every author has at least some responsibility for getting a book to its readers beyond the … Continue reading

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“Understand the whole crime”: at the YA Mystery Master Class!

At Crime Bake today, Master Class, “Writing the YA Mystery”: Peter Abrahams skipped deftly past trying to precisely define “young adult” (YA) versus “middle grades,” and dug into the heart of good mystery writing: Even if you don’t outline your … Continue reading

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OMG These Authors Are at Crime Bake! — “High School Murder” Rocks!!

I dream of being a mystery author who “only” has to write for a living — in reality, I’m part of the majority who instead have “paid work” that has to get done on time, with writing (my passion!) fitting … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: 5W’s and an H — How?

I used to think that the reason I couldn’t put a book down (it happens at least once a week!) was “I need to know what happens next.” Later, I decided it was “Because I care about the character.” Thanks … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: 5W’s and an H — When?

I have three aspects of “time” to cover today, in terms of young adult (YA) mysteries. 1. What age are the readers of YA mysteries? The target age is usually described as 12 to 18, although 12 to 15 is … Continue reading

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YA Mysteries: 5 W’s and an H — Why?

I am literally just back from my first time attending Bouchercon, the nation’s largest conference of mystery writers, readers, and fans. It was a fantastic experience — plenty of Sisters (and Brothers) in Crime on hand, a crowd of authors … Continue reading

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