Dark Middle Grade, Anyone?
There’s a been a bit of a furor on the Internet/Twitter/Author circuit about the Terrible Darkness that’s infecting the Young Adult bookshelves at Barnes and Noble.
I am SO not going to weigh in on this argument, folks. Not that my opinion would make a difference. Let’s just say I’ve been shaking my head a lot.
And wondering what in the world they’re going to think once the Darkness Police get their hands on my current manuscript.
Why do I wonder this? Well, to give you a very vague, non-spoilerish hint…
I was at my dad’s house the other day. I’d dropped in for a cup of coffee and a chat, and he very politely asked what my next book was about. (He’s good that way — he knows all his writer-daughter really ever wants to talk about is ice cream and/or her novels.) When I told him, he smiled, hopped up, and said, “Oh! That sounds great. I think you might need a book I have.” And then he went and got this for me:
What would those Wall Street Journal folks think of that? We may very well find out.Won’t that be fun?
So… what awesome books have you collected for your research, Writer Friends? Anything scary/weird/dodgy?
(Oh, and my dad is a Methodist minister, so it’s totally all right that he had this book in his library. Don’t want you all thinking he’s some sort of devil-worshipper. Hi, Dad!)