My 1st Teen Reader

So, I have these friends with a fifteen year-old daughter. I’ve known this girl since she first showed up looking for her older sister at my front door twelve years ago.  She was this adorable smiling, little thing with big, blonde curls. 

When I decided to try my hand at writing young adult, I had no idea how much I’d love it. At first I thought it would be too hard to go from my er, more mouthy adult heroines, to write for a younger crowd.  But I’m around a LOT of teenagers and I ended up loving it. 

I already have another series percolating for when I’m through with this one.

But I promised this particular teen she could be my first reader and she’s waited a long time-which translates into eternity in 15-year-old speak.  I wanted her to read it once it went through any possible editorial changes, but she gets soooo excited about my stories.  She also borrows all my young adult books and then goes out to buy her own copies with babysitting money. She’s a huge fan of Melissa Marr, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and of course, Stephenie Meyer. (She’s also now a fan of Karen Mahoney and can’t wait for a Moth book! 😉  )

So, she was over last night, looking at my working storyboard with all the images I use for inspiration.  She fell in love with the image of Taran, the hero in YA#2 in the trilogy.  She asked questions, wanted to know about the wolves in the books, wanted to know more about the triplets…and the heroes. 

She tried to walk off with one of the images of Taran.

She was so enthusiastic, she just begged me to let her read the first chapter of the first book. So, while her parents, the hubs and I were watching a movie, she sat at my laptop to read.

And she read and read. Since the other teens were on laptops at the same kitchen table, I figured she started playing Inklink with them, but no, she read through to chapter six or seven! But the best part?

She. Loved. It.  REALLY LOVED IT.  We had to drag her away from the computer and she didn’t want to stop reading. She loved Raven and Vanir and she couldn’t stand not knowing what was going to happen next. She loved Vanir’s brothers and wanted to know if I planned to write more stories with them. I got a big hug and a big, pretty smile…and more begging for more.

I’m not sure there’s better validation out there. 🙂


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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9 Responses to My 1st Teen Reader

  1. Jen says:

    Awesome! I bet that was one of the best feelings ever. I think it’s only a matter of time before you’re posting news about a sale! 🙂

  2. relliott4 says:

    I hope so. I feel very optimistic about this trilogy.

    I also had one of the lovely Dames read the first book that Miriam sent out and she had some excellent suggestions, so I’ll be reworking and seeing if we want to resubmit to a couple of editors who wanted to see it with rewrites.

    I’m determined, eh? 😉

    Can’t wait to hear what’s up w/you, too!

  3. lynn says:

    hooray! That’s such a great reaction, and from your target audience too 🙂 Good luck with the submissions!

  4. Not sure why I’m commenting over here rather than LJ, but hey… it makes a change! 😉

    Yeah, I love this – it’s the best feeling ever.

  5. relliott4 says:

    It is! We wrote them for teenagers specifically and to have even just one fall in love with it feels wonderful. 🙂

  6. Carolin says:

    Awesome. =) That sounds really promising and must feel so amazing to you. I hope it does well and that we can read it soon too!

  7. Harry Markov says:

    Now if that isn’t a good sign, I don’t know what is and Rinda let’s hope 2010 is the year, huh? I can imagine how that feels. I have had one or two very enthusiastic replies and god was it the best drug ever.

  8. relliott4 says:

    Thanks for the good wishes!!!

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