Mitchell S. Jackson is the author of the autobiographical novel The Residue Years, about coming of age in a black family in Portland, Oregon, in the ’90s and dealing with issues of poverty, drugs, and race.
“I wanted to write a book that I thought my students would like, one that was structured and formatted in a way that would entice struggling readers, and one that was as true to their lives as I could make it,” says Patrick Flores-Scott, author of the debut Young Adult novel Jumped In.
YA literature is important, said Amy Christine Parker, author of the debut novel Gated, because if it’s done well, “it depicts teens as they really are ... and makes teens feel known in a way that adult books don’t.”
Kenneth Bonert hopes that readers of his debut novel, The Lion Seeker, will become lost in a world that absorbs them — and that afterwards they will want to return to it again to discover more meaning with each rereading.
Sara Farizan hopes readers will see her debut YA novel, If You Could Be Mine, as both a love story and a story about finding yourself and being true to who you are, even when that seems really terrifying.
P.S. Duffy reveals what inspired her to set her debut novel, The Cartographer of No Man's Land, during WWI and the Battle of Vimy Ridge; what she hopes readers will take away from the journeys and internal struggles of Angus MacGrath and his family; and more.
Shahan Mufti explores his family history and that of the Islamic civilization in Pakistan in his debut title, The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family and War (Other Press), a featured book in the Fall 2013 Indies Introduce promotion, underway now.
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