So excited to have one of my favourite gals chatting to me this week – and about a genre I love – and want to write! Young Adult!
F: Hi Lisa, thanks for having me over so I can talk about my new adventure into another genre.
Great having you here, Fee. What’s happening?
F: At the moment I write rural fiction set in my local area in Western Australia. This genre has become quite big and is still steaming along which is wonderful. It’s a big passion of mine, especially as I live in a remote farming community.
But I also love reading Young Adult and New Adult fiction. (Not to mention all the TV series and movies of the same brush.)
So do I!
F: I think it appeals to my inner 17 year old, or maybe it’s because it’s fast paced and I’m not having to sludge through lots of description and setting. We get right into the action and I love fast witty dialogue. They are usually quick reads, full of high emotions and first loves. (Ahh everything seems so important at that time in your life.)
So I guess it was a natural progression for me to turn my craft towards this genre too.
Sounds like you had a lot of fun writing your first book, The Recruit? I love the jacket cover, by the way.
F: Thanks. I absolutely loved writing about Jaz and her friends. It’s a first for me, writing a series. I am currently writing the third book in the MTG Agencies series. (Readers will find out what MTG stands for once they’ve read the first book!)
It might go to a fourth book yet, I probably won’t know until I finish the third one and see what is happening.
An outstanding achievement. And the second book in the series?
F: It’s called The Mission and will likely be out at the end of the year.
Congrats! You are prolific! Apart from reaching a younger audience, how does this genre differ to your rural novels?
F: The Recruit is very different to my rural work because it is set in the city of Perth, around the Mosman Park area and Cottesloe. It involves fight scenes, secret missions and guns. Although there are some similarities between my two genre’s, and that is a strong leading lady and romance.
Congratulations again, Fee. The Recruit sounds like a fab read.
F: I hope so. As with all my books I aim to entertain with a quick escape into another world. I hope my readers will try both genre’s as I’m passionate about them in equal measures.
Finally, who are some of your favourite YA authors?
F: Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, Katie McGarry’s books, and I enjoyed Divergent by Veronica Roth. There’s also Abbi Glines, to name a few.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Fee.
Okay, well here’s the blurb for The Recruit:
From one of Australia’s Queens of Romance comes the debut in a brand new YA series about secrets, strengths, and what lies beneath the surface.
Jasmine Thomas may not be completely normal, but she’s a pretty typical seventeen-year-old girl. She hates the rich mean kids, loves her best friends, and can’t wait to get out of school each day. Her spare time is spent at The Ring — a boxing gym where she practically grew up — learning karate, boxing and street fighting. So, yeah, Jaz can kick some major butt.
Life seems pretty normal until the day Ryan Fletcher enters her gym…mysterious and hot with heaps of bad boy charm. Sure, she checks him out. Who wouldn’t? But what doesn’t show on his gorgeous abs are secrets and lies that dominate his very grown-up world. Now Jaz has to figure out just how far she is willing to go to know more. Could Ryan really be offering the life-fulfilling life path she’s always dreamed of?
The first in the MTG Agencies series.
You can download The Recruit HERE!
You can visit Fiona’s website at fionapalmer.com
And follow her on twitter @fiona_palmer