I just finished reading the last chapter of the 6th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, to my 9-year-old niece. She cried just like I did when I finished it the first time. How many books out there can accomplish such a feat? I mean really, making a child and an adult cry, really cry together! Amazing.
This is what I wish I could give to the world in my writing. *sigh*
It's one of the reasons I started writing...I find books to be one of the best gifts the world has to offer and I want to give back what I've enjoyed all my life.
The thing is that though I adore the sort of books that cross generations and would love to write them but they aren't what comes out of my wacky little brain. I'm on the edgier end of the YA genre, writing for older teens. Funny how you might want to do something but just don't seem to get there. I'd love to write something that my niece and nephew could read but it ain't gonnna happen anytime soon. Let's face it I was up til 1am writing a love scene that takes place on another planet involving two bodies separating with an orgasmic intensity into sparkling strands of light...um, yeah not something kids should be reading. But it sure sounds good to me.
Is there any sort of effect you'd love to have on your readers that isn't what actually write? Like, say you write romantic comedy but secretly wish you could scare the crap out of your readers?
Anything is possible and I'm all about stepping outside your comfort zone to try something new but you know what I mean. Sometimes we seem to be wired for something specific. Like me I'm YA fantasy all the way baby!
For now I'm sticking with the 15 to 18-year-old female audience. I'll save my quest to include kids for later. Yet again the power of JK Rowling leaves me in awe. Not sure I can think of any other book that spans about six hundred pages that a third grader could read on their own in two weeks. (she would have finished sooner if it weren't for her waiting to read the last part with me me!)