Monday, August 29, 2011

Guest Post: Karen Kincy

UFI welcomes Karen Kincy Author of The Other series. Thanks for Joining us!!

Ten reasons to read YA:

10. You are a young adult yourself. Putting this one down at the bottom of the list because it is, of course, the most obvious. YA is written with young adults in mind as the audience, and I definitely devoured it at that age.

9. You never stopped reading YA. I’m now in my twenties, and just a wee bit too old to be considered a young adult anymore. But hey, who cares! I’ve always loved YA and don’t think I will ever not love it.

8. You like YA better than any other genre. Personally, I have a hard time reading a lot of fiction written specifically for adults. Not because it’s too long or too serious or too mature—YA can definitely be all of these things—but because it has a different feel to it, and a different set of literary conventions.

7. You love the themes in YA. The themes of identity, finding yourself, falling in love, first times, overcoming challenges, and coming of age are all a big part of YA. And they all resonate with me. I’m still finding my way.

6. You are a part of the YA community. And that means engaging in debate about important issues, advocating literacy, spreading the word about good books, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure other genres also spark this kind of literary community, but I’m glad to be a part of the YA world.

5. Your favorite authors write YA. For me, that would include Annette Curtis Klause, Libba Bray, Terry Pratchett, Phillip Pullman, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, etc.

4. You can find so many fabulous new YA books. I’m currently drooling over Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen, The Diviners by Libba Bray, The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges, and Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

3. You can find such variety in YA nowadays. Paranormal, horror (preferably with zombies), romance, contemporary, historical fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, and pretty much any combination of those genres.

2. You love YA. Yes, this sums up many of my previous points, but if you simply love reading YA, that’s an excellent reason—and the only one you really need.

1. You write YA. Well, that’s probably my number one reason. ;)


Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) lives among countless trees, some of which—her pet kumquats and oranges—have lovingly invaded her apartment. Unlike her characters, she has never been on the run from the law or bitten by a werewolf, though she has been known to howl at the moon. Karen has BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College, and is studying toward a Master’s in Computational Linguistics.

Karen is represented by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger, Inc. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.



Other #2
September 8, 2011

Brock Koeman always hated werewolves and Others like them. While trying to trap a werewolf pack, he and his brother Chris were attacked and bitten—becoming what they have always feared and despised. While Chris fights for his life in the hospital, Brock faces another kind of battle: stifling his terrible urge to transform.
When werewolves kidnap him and the girl he loves, Brock discovers what it means to be Other—wondrous new sensations and experiences, overshadowed by constant danger—and the life that awaits him if he can ever accept his fate.

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