On Writing YA Fantasy - A Guest Post by Alisse Lee Goldberg

on Oct 8, 2013
Today we're happy to host author Alisse Lee Goldberg as part of the Strings of the Violin Book Tour...

As a young adult fantasy writer, I’m often asked why I choose to write in this particular genre. For me, the answer has always been simple: I love reading this genre. These stories have always been the kind of stories that I will come back to time and again. As such, when I first began to put pen to paper, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world to write in this genre, and I have never looked back.


Young adult stories of any kind have always been stories of amazing change and growth. Characters at this age are a fascinating bunch. They are on the cusp of adulthood, of figuring out who they are and who they want to be. As a writer, this gives you so much to play with, to work with, to inspire you. Everything seems heightened, the stakes feel higher, if not for you, then for your character, and consequently for the reader. Then when you throw magic and mystery into the mix, the possibilities seem endless.

I remember growing up and longing for magic to be real. I remember playing make believe with my best friends long after it should have been considered “cool” for us to be doing so. As a young person, the idea that at any moment some mystical character could turn up in your life and tell you that you are “special” or “chosen” is an intoxicating idea. The notion that your world could be turned upside down, and you could be a hero, or an adventurer is one I am sure everyone has wished could truly happen. This is the core of so many young adult fantasies, and as such, it holds much power. Every generation’s children need these ideas, these escapes from reality, and as a writer I realize this, yet for me I also use these ideas to explore real world issues. My characters grapple with the troubles that accompany teenagers’ lives like: What will their future be like? What do they do about telling that person they have feelings for them? How do they handle friendships that seem to be troubled? How do they act like themselves, yet still have people like them? Are they good enough to be liked? Having questions like this tackled in a fantastical setting where the dangers are heightened, and the outcomes could be more severe seems to be a great way to offer readers that desperately needed escape with a hope that maybe things aren’t so bad. I believe that this is why these types of books have remained popular and relevant for so long, and why I intend to continue writing them for as long as I can.

About the Author


Alisse Lee Goldenberg is an author of Horror and Young Adult fantasy fiction. She has her Bachelors of Education and a Fine Arts degree, and has studied fantasy and folk lore since she was a child. Alisse lives in Toronto with her husband Brian, their triplets Joseph, Phillip, and Hailey, and their rambunctious Goldendoodle Sebastian.

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Seventeen-year-old Carrie is lying in her backyard ignoring all the looming responsibilities in her life, when a fox makes a mad dash across the grass in front of her. After she manages to keep her dog from attacking the frightened animal, the fox turns to Carrie and seems to bow in gratitude before he disappears into the bushes. All Carrie knows in that moment is that something has unexpectedly changed in her life.

Carrie has been best friends with Lindsay Smith and Rebecca Campbell for years. During a summer when they should focus on choosing colleges, the girls suddenly find themselves swept away on the adventure of their lives. The fox reappears three days later and reveals to Carrie that he is Adom, emissary to the king of Hadariah. With his land of music and magic in peril, Adom has been sent to seek help from Carrie and her friends. In the blink of an eye, the three teenage girls go from living an average suburban life to being the champions of a world where they must contend with giants, witches, and magical beings. Will they ever make it home once more?

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3 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm a big fan of YA as well and find t sad when some readers try to trivialize the genre. Glad you enjoy both reading and writing it Alisse

Intisar Khanani said...

Thanks for stopping by Sheena-kay!

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