Today we have a guest blogger with us, Indie author Cheryl Carpinello. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her and her latest novel Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom. I am also excited to have Cheryl talking about why she and others write for a MG/Tween audience. Enjoy!
I’m cheating a bit on this guest post. I could list all the reasons I write for MG/Tween readers, but I decided it would be more interesting to see why writers, including myself, have chosen this genre. The following quotes (with a tad of literary license) are from the many MG/Tween authors that I’ve interviewed on my blog Carpinello’s Writing Pages:
Sharon Ledwith: I challenged myself to write a novel—a series—that would appeal to my son, who at the time was the target age of my audience.
Kristy Brown: I guess I’m still a big kid at heart! I found my love of books from an early age.
Cordelia Dinsmore: I spent most of my adult life surrounded by children and teens, so they are whom I know best.
Julie Anne Grasso: Kids are so open to wonderful fantasy stories where they can get totally enthralled in a new world and still have that innocence before life gets complicated.
Hamilton C. Burger: It was and is important not to write anything I would feel uncomfortable having my mom or daughters read.
Tammy Lowe: I wrote the story that was inside me and the tween/young adult genre is where my “voice” naturally fits in.
Beth Overmyer: I have a younger sense of humor and fun.
Kay Lalone: Children and teenagers have an open mind and wild imagination…. it gives me a chance to be a child again through my characters.
Suzanne de Montigny: It’s because I was an elementary music teacher for over twenty years, and loved to instill values in kids.
Fiona Ingram: My two nephews and their excitement, wonder, and amazement at everything opened my eyes to the magical age of middle graders. They still believe in the incredible possibilities of life, and their viewpoint is refreshing and enchanting.
Cheryl Carpinello: Those are the years where I remember devouring books: adventures, mysteries, fantasies, and animal stories. The characters and their adventures fueled my own imagination. As an adult I enjoy the same types of reading, but I don’t find myself getting ‘lost’ in the adult reads. So, I write the type of stories from my youth.
Now from some of the same authors, a few of the challenges that MG/Tween writers face:
Beth Overmyer: A sense of what a youthful audience would like is important.
Cordelia Dinsmore: It is challenging to write for young people. They see the world from a unique perspective, and I try to capture a bit of that in my writing.
Kay Lalone: It is a challenge to dig deep into my own imagination and view the world like my readers would and to be creative and entertaining.
Cheryl Carpinello: MG/Tween readers are looking for truths about life and themselves. Writers have a challenge to present those without appearing to do so. No one likes getting hit over the head with values. Creating characters that ring true. Despite their age, young readers are savvy readers.
Challenge to All: Leave a comment about why you write or read MG/Tween Literature.
Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom is available on Amazon and B&N.
Genre: MG Fantasy
Awards: USA Best Book Award for Finalist for E-book: Children’s Fiction (2012), Silver Award from Children’s Literary Classics (2012), 2013 EVVY Finalist and EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc, and 2013 Ariana Cover Finalist.
Description: In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder.
Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all.
Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
Author Bio: Although a retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello still has a passion for working with kids. She regularly conducts Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. She is not the only one who loves Medieval Times and the King Arthur Legend. The kids thoroughly enjoy writing their own medieval stories complete with dragons, wizards, unicorns and knights!
She loves to travel and her other job is with a major airline. Her favorite trip was a two week visit to Egypt with her husband that included traveling by local train from one end of Egypt to the other. Some of her favorite books include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Once and Future King, and any by the duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
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