A Short Q&A With Victoria Hanley

How did the idea for Wild Ink come about?
Participants in my workshops at writers’ conferences were eager for more complete information on writing for young adults (YA). There’s so much to say about this fascinating subject—more than can be covered in a few hours.

Why do you write young adult fiction?
I’m drawn to coming-of-age stories full of intensity, growth, and passionate voices.

What do you see as the future of young adult fiction?
More and more readers will discover this genre, and for good reason. YA novels are fast-paced and well-written, starring dynamic young characters who wrestle with all the pressures of life. Irresistible! I expect the market to keep expanding.

What about the future of YA nonfiction?
Nonfiction YA is an exploding genre right now. Hundreds of topics are just waiting for knowledgeable authors to write about them in a refreshing style that appeals to teens. (Wild Ink includes a chapter on writing nonfiction YA.)

What makes Wild Ink stand out from other books on writing/publishing YA fiction?
Wild Ink is packed with examples from novels such as Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, giving readers in-depth tips on how to turn their own ideas into riveting stories. Dozens of interviews with writers, editors, and agents provide an inspirational view of what’s happening in the industry and how to approach finishing a book and getting published.

How can I contact you to learn more about Wild Ink or the young adult market?
Please contact reviews@prufrock.com for more information on my book or visit my website, http://www.victoriahanley.com, to find out how to contact me directly.
Wild Ink: Success Secrets for Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market

Victoria Hanley loves to nurture emerging writers. She is the award-winning author of the best-selling books, Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write and Wild Ink: How to Write Fiction for Young Adults. She is also a YA novelist published in 13 languages. Her books have received awards and honors in the U.S. and abroad, including the International Reading Association Young Adults’ Choices, the Colorado Book Award, Kallbacher-Klapperschlange Award (Germany), Colorado Authors League Top Hand Award, Publishers West Silver Award, and New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her work has also been placed on state award lists in Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, and Colorado, and earned a Carnegie Medal nomination in the United Kingdom.

Victoria is an active speaker and workshop leader, and the recipient of the Colorado Broadcasters Association Award for Best Regularly Scheduled Feature. She has been a featured speaker for the Young Adult Literature Conference, the Colorado Chapter of the International Reading Association, the High Plains Library Association, the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Colorado Association of Libraries, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Rock Solid Writers Conference, Big Sur in the Rockies, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She has been published in the ALAN Review, and also has led workshops for thousands of teens at libraries and schools across the mountains and plains region. Growing up, Victoria lived in California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Oregon. She now lives with her family in Colorado at the foothills of the Rockies.

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