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Young Adult Fiction

Offical Cover of Ruth 66. Concept by Elizabeth Barlo. Design by Vila Design (www.viladesign.net).My first Young Adult novel is Ruth 66

The YA genre appeals to me because, when I was a teenager, coming-of-age novels, such as The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger had a big impact on me.

Reading about issues that I could relate to allowed me to identify with a particular character, and created a sense of security when the character experienced something that was going on in my life. With Ruth 66 I would like to give young adults a similar reading experience.

Even now I like to read YA fiction, as it is a path down memory lane, to the time of first love and moments of awkardness and innocence that were mortifying back then, but are now cherished memories. 

I am currently working on two new YA novels:

  • Struth! - the sequel to Ruth 66, which sees Charlie and Ruth embark on a 'ripper' road-trip around Australia. 
     
  • A yet-to-be-named novel about a teenage girl who, haunted by her past, runs away from home with her little brother and ends up in a vicious street gang where she has to do everything she can to survive.
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