So, without further adieu... here she is....
I am so honored to have a spot at Tonja's place -- she became a famous author overnight! Her MG thriller, MUSIC BOXES is tremendous and everyone loves it--me included!
(Wow! I was blown away after reading this first part...and am blushing. Thanks, Tara! But it's definitely me who is honored to have you here today!)
So, how do we know what kids are going to like? Today, I'm talking about MG Kids.
- Age Appropriate - and I don't just mean PG. Though kids want to grow up, you can't make them sound like teenagers and give them teenage problems about intense relationships, unless something has happened to make them grow up sooner than they should. They should still be innocent, for the most part, full of wonder, curiosity, and energy.
- Watch Your Language - again, not just PG. You have to know how kids talk. What are they into these days? What slang are they coming up with? Don't make them sound too young, either. Some of them cuss to sound cool in front of their peers.
- How to discover these important factors:
- Watch them - now, if you don't have kids, this might seem a little creepy... try not to get arrested while you research kids behavior
- Watch their shows - this method is better suited to those who don't have kids... but the TV shows are a definite exaggeration of how kids really behave, especially the Disney shows. They want to be older, so they actually watch shows that are a bit older (I was devastated when my boys stopped watching Phineas & Ferb and The Suite Life, I loved those shows!) PS - they watch youtube non-stop, it's reality bloopers 24-7, ugh!
- Read their books - another excellent way to know what they like to read. And how to write it well.
Do you write for kids? Do you have kids? Do you read MG?
Tonja, thanks again for having me! When you get done with your whirlwind book tour, I'm looking forward to your video review of WINDY HOLLOW!
Thank you for stopping by! I enjoyed reading your tips and think they're spot on.
Beast World is MG/YA. It's about teens and their problems, but they're fantasy teens who go on adventures. Though they do a lot on their own, they're still pretty innocent in the ways of the world. I love that sense of wonder and daring!
Beast World MG Fantasy Series, book #3
by Tara Tyler
This summer, Gabe and his friends fly over the Great Sea for the wedding of the century: a dragon prince and a beautiful harpy. But Gabe can't relax on this vacation. Besides competing in rigorous wedding events, he overhears the nearby human village WINDY HOLLOW is in danger from an evil human scientist and a vengeful were-ogre experimenting on beasts. Gabe and his friends risk crossing the mountains to help, despite several warnings.
Maybe he's going too far this time, but he's in too deep to quit. It's do or die, hopefully not die!
And here she is...
Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewife—someday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!
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