I would like to introduce Brian Farrey to BookSnob readers. Brian is an excellent Young Adult author and he is currently the Author in the Spotlight here for the month of September. His book With or Without You won the Minnesota book award in the Spring for best YA fiction. He has written a guest post about his "cool" job as a editor for Flux.
Brian Farrey Guest Post
As an editor who acquires young adult fiction, I’m required to keep my thumb firmly on the pulse of the market. In short, I have to read lots and lots of YA books.
I’m sure you feel massive waves of pity for this horrendous burden I bear.
I still feel an odd thrill to peruse the bookshelves and discover a writer, a new voice who I think is doing something really interesting within the genre. Too often, when people talk about trends in YA, they mean “the next big thing.” Vampires? Werewolves? Radioactive gnomes with rocket launchers on their backs? Frankly, it’s all hooey. The next big thing will always—ALWAYS—be strong writing that resonates. In particular, the next big thing will be people doing new and interesting things.
So I thought I’d discuss a few writers and books I feel are exploring the genre’s potentially in really vibrant ways. (I won’t be discussing any of the authors I’ve acquired because that would be like asking me which of my children are my favorite and I can’t do that.)
Thanks Brian! I have not read any of these books so I plan to add them to holiday wish list.