by Suzie T. Roos
With my Spoken For Series, I honestly haven’t found it to be too difficult to create relatable aspects thus far. I do have other projects looming and waiting their turn -- maybe then I’ll sing a different tune. But in Girl Spoken For, Girl Divided Two and Girl Departs Three (Part 1) the angst in Tatum’s story itself was rather captivating, I think. To go through such difficult, life changing situations as an adult would be challenging, but these are high schoolers. Then again, what was unheard of when I was a teenager may not be the case today. That said, dealing with rape, death and teenage pregnancy aren’t the norm no matter the decade.
At times I think, how the hell do I know what readers want?!
I judge by my own level of excitement, or disgust. If a scene or chapter messes with my head, I hope it at least touches my reader. Writers use their internal judge radar!! What’s that you ask? Our gut. Plain and simple.
In my case, how far do I go in creating intimacy between my characters without going too far for YA? That’s never an easy level to determine. I suppose I use the barometer; if I’m embarrassed to read it out loud to my husband, it shouldn’t be in a YA novel. You want realism without all of the details. As we know, sometimes it’s not the act itself, it’s where, when and how it happens.
For example: One of the factors I kept in mind when writing the rape scene in the first book, Girl Spoken For, was that it wasn’t so much how it happened, but that it did -- In her parents living room -- and she didn’t see any danger. Rather, she trusted the guy . . . not to do that. Obviously, with such sensitive subject matter, I won’t please everyone, and I didn’t. I do not write for shock value. I’m simply telling this girls story and trying to do her justice.
But keeping a YA audience captive isn’t easy.
I wish there was a “can’t miss” formula, but there’s not. Oh sure, there’s a basic novel formula, and that helps to keep your story captivating, but it only goes so far. It’s all about seeking the right balance. Some writers are great at juggling.…
In a nutshell, I write what I want to read. Sure, I “break” rules. Always have, always will. But as a mother of two and a wife who enjoys reading about high schoolers and what they’re experiencing, I always go back to to what I personally find captivating.
I know what kind of story captivates me. What captivates you?
She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, Ca. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.
Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going her husband and friends.
She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.
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Suzie's Newest Release: Girl Departs Three, Part 1
Zach and his family made it impossible for Tatum to be his girlfriend. Nigel made it oh-so-easy for Tate to move on. But the shock of seeing Zach again, of finally meeting his mobster family, and even coming face to face with his fiancé, convinced Tatum more than ever that Nigel was the one for her.
Tatum knows Zach still dreams of one day sharing his life with her, but Nigel offers her his life now – no dreaming necessary. And while Zach spends a month entertaining the fiancé that has been forced upon him by his family, why shouldn’t Tatum take her relationship with Nigel to the next level?
When Nigel betrays Tatum her heart is broken. What once was clear becomes dark. She finds herself by Zach’s side yet again, needing him in a way she never imagined.
Zach or Nigel?
The decision isn’t easy because Tatum has learned the hard way--
Choices last a moment. Consequences last a lifetime.
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