I feel a bit guilty that I haven’t blogged since the end of March, so I’ll start by saying that I’ve been trying to write a novel this past year.
It’s not YA and it’s not fantasy and it’s not set in Australia and it’s not set in America and it’s not set in a fictitious country. I’m saying all that because it means I’m writing something that doesn’t belong to my regular publishers. Scary and exciting at the same time. It’s almost like starting from scratch (not the writing, but the publishing experience).
And the one thing that I will state from this moment on is that writing an adult novel is not harder than writing a YA novel, and one day if it gets published, reading my adult novel will not be harder than reading my YA novels. I remember when The Piper’s Son came out, a journalist asked if I found it harder to write because it was about an older age group and honestly, comparing it with the rest of my work, how could I have found it harder than Jellicoe or the four hundred thousand words of the Lumatere Chronicles?
What I am finding difficult about this novel is that it’s set overseas. Although I did my research last July at the beginning of my process, I’m finding it hard not being able to go for a drive in my neighbourhood to describe the neighbourhood of my characters. What I can say at this early stage is that most times I write novels about young people, where the older generation plays such an important role in their journey. This time it’s about adults where the younger generation plays such an important role in their journey. And that I started off thinking it was a thriller of some sort, but of course, who cares about what happens. It’s the relationships and characters and their journey and their blended histories that I’ve become obsessed with. I think I’m good at that, so whether I’m writing YA or Adult or whatever someone labels my work, I stick to what I’m good at, and what I enjoy reading myself, and after a year of stops and starts, I think I finally almost have a first draft of a novel on my hands.
And I’m a bit in love with every single character.