Welcome to YA Got Mail!, our weekly link round-up. What else is happening in the YA world?
Tweet of the Week
“Your typewriter is in the fireplace because-“
“My writing is fire?”
“No. See this is why I tried to burn it.” pic.twitter.com/POSLPvczrV
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) February 24, 2016
Riveted debuted the teaser description for The Cursed Queen, the sequel to Sarah Fine’s The Imposter Queen. Ruta Sepetys talked about the behind-the-scenes research of hew new novel Salt to the Sea.
Falling Into Place Amy Zhang wrote about the pressures of writing and why she’s been basically unreachable for two years. My Sister Rose author Justine Larbalestier shared how hard starting to write can be. Stargless author Phoebe North wrote about the difficulties of starting a new book when so many of your ideas don’t quite fit in the box.
Black Widow: Forever Red author Margaret Stohl wrote about how Harper Lee was her David Bowie, and what the late author’s work meant to her.
This Savage Song author Victoria Schwab shared 5 fantasy books you should be reading.
The Guardian reviewed Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel Rebel of the Sands. The Fifth Season author N.K. Jemisin took to the New York Times to round-up and review upcoming sci-fi novels, including Corinne Duyvis’s On the Edge of Gone.
Representation and Responsibility
Promise of Shadows author Justina Ireland discussed the difference beween ‘window’ stories and ‘mirror’ stories, and what that means for diversity in the publishing industry. Elliot Wake – who writes new adult fiction under the name Leah Raeder – Storifyed his Tweets on the danger of a single transgender story narrative.
Over on Brooklyn, Molly McCardle talked to a whole slew of publishing professionals about the state of diversity in publishing before she created a list of writings about inclusive publishing writing, including pieces by Daniel Jose Older and Kayla Whaley.
How Hard Can Love Be? author Holly Bourne wrote about what she wished she knew as a teen, with a heavy focus on feminism.
In the Community
Over on Tor.com, Foz Meadows looks at TV adaptations of science-fiction and fantasy novels, with high compliments for the adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters series. Meadows later made a list of five potentially amazing SFF adaptations, includng Kate Elliott’s Court of Fives. And while not quite YA, it’s really exciting to note that Selma’s Ava DuVernay is directing a new Wrinkle in Time movie.
Is there a problem with extroversion in YA lit? Derek at The YA Bookshelf looks at portrayals of extroversion in YA lit and the disconnect with its often introvertive readers.
Jeff O’Neal talked on Book Riot about why grumpy old men don’t have to worry about the reading habits of teens. Over at Mashable, MJ Franklin wrote about about how, as a Millennial, he will never give up physical books.
Maximum Pop shared a list of queer YA books in honor of LGBT history month. Kayla Whaley wrote on Brightly recommending #ownvoices books and talking about why we need diverse authors in kidlit.