I read YA. I write YA. That’s pretty straightforward. What’s less clear cut is whether I read or read contemporary vs. paranormal. I have indeed read and written both.
Contemporary is set in the here and now, a realistic look at teen life. Could be dark and edgy or funny and romantic. They can deal with tough issues and transport you back to what it was like for you growing up.
Paranormal can be set now or in the past, in the real world or create a new fantasy world as long as there are supernatural creatures or beings inside. Yep, this is vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts and so many other things that go bump in the night. They can have action or romance or both.
At the moment I’m submitting a contemporary YA and have a WIP as well but you never know what the future might hold. I have a vampire and werewolf story hidden on my computer just waiting for the trend to come back around again in the future. I guess it’s about following your heart and writing the story you feel you have to tell regardless of genre.
Here’s a piece of flash fiction that gives a taste of both contemporary and paranormal.
“Do you bite your nails?”
I looked over the top of the book I’d just picked up from the shelf into a pair of warm brown eyes. He was standing so close to me I should have noticed, especially since the buzzer must have acknowledged his entrance. I really needed to stop getting quite so lost in books. I saw my chipped blue nail varnish and smiled. “I suppose you’re going to say it’s a really bad habit?”
He leaned back against the shelf, letting me see he was tall, dark and handsome. I gripped the book in my hands and tried not to swoon. “I was actually wondering what it says about you,” he replied. He gave me the once over. “That you’re really neurotic?”
I rolled my eyes. “Or that I play the piano.”
He grinned. “That would work too. Vampire lover?”
I looked at the cover of the book I had picked up. It was black. Most of the covers I read were black. I shrugged. “They’re pussycats compared to the boys I’ve had to deal with in real life.”
He waved the book he held in front of my eyes. “Right back at ya,” he said.
I looked at the demon slayer on the cover and burst out laughing. “You had me at vampire lover,” I quipped.
He met my gaze and smiled and I was hooked. “Coffee?”
I nodded and shoved the book back onto the shelf alongside his.
I had a real-life chapter to start instead.
Do you prefer contemporary or paranormal?