Young Adult Fiction

Offical Cover of Ruth 66. Concept by Elizabeth Barlo. Design by Vila Design ( 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.