Young Adult…? Not For You? Are You Sure?

When I was asked to write young adult (YA) novels in 2010, I’ll admit it, I wasn’t a YA reader. I mean, that genre was for teenagers, right? But with a career opportunity on the table, I started doing some research.

First, I asked around to my reader friends to see who were reading young adult.  Amazingly, a lot more of them than I expected were reading YA.  Albeit, several admitted it under their breath because they felt they might be judged.  Second, I went to the store and bought like sixteen YA books.  About three books in, I quickly realized how much I’d been missing by not reading this genre.

Granted, not all of the sixteen books had me hooked, some of them did feel as if they were targeting a younger audience than myself and the stories/plots didn’t appeal to me.  But the good ones, oh, the good ones swept me away.

The stories were rich, fresh, and layered.  Most of them had romance—which I love—some were fantasy, mystery, suspense or paranormal.  I quickly realized that the young adult genre held the same kind of appeal to me as a reader that a lot of the women’s fiction novel did.

You see, I generally like the women’s fiction novels that contain a romance meshed into a plot that incorporates other life issues.  In fact, most of my romances novels pushed the envelope when it came to including other elements in a story besides the romance.

So, I dove right into writing Young Adult fiction.  Fast forward eight years and eighteen books/novellas later and I still love it.  Today, I think more adults are reading YA fiction.  I know some are still leery of telling the world.  You see, I often get emails that say…  “I’m not a teenager, but I still love your C.C. Hunter books.”

According to an article I stumbled across that was published in The Atlantic, 55% of YA books are read by adults (read the full article HERE).  So to all my grown up fans, you’re in good company.  The article also talked about why they feel YA books are a hit for adults.  They claimed that it wasn’t the “escape” feeling of reading a light read, because lots of the popular YA books deal with serious and tough subjects.  They surmised it wasn’t just because they took us back to our own youth, but because the books are about a character growing, learning, and in so many words, all of us, no matter what our age, are still growing as human beings.

In fact, the article went so far as to say that a good story is simply a good story—no matter what genre or age of the characters.  And that’s what I like to think I write.  Good stories.And I’d include my Christie Craig books in that as well as my C.C. Hunter books.

I’m not going to tell you that all my Christie Craig readers read C.C. Hunter, but I will tell you the majority do.  Especially since I’m now writing contemporary YA novels as well as paranormal.  So if you are still a reader who shies away from reading YA fiction, let me try to tempt you.

What type of reader are you?

  1. A mystery suspense reader and you don’t care what genre as long as it’s a page turner. You can pick up any of my YA novels.  All of them have suspense and mystery.
  2. A paranormal reader. You love you some vampires, werewolves and such?  But you want a romance, and characters that you can love.  I’d like to recommend the first book in the Shadow Falls series, Born at Midnight.  It’s a huge series.  It has romance, suspense, and mystery all wrapped up in a paranormal camp.  It also had huge elements of friendships and family.
  3. More of a contemporary reader, who shies away from vampires and such, but who likes a little spooky in your story? You might want to try The Mortician’s Daughter series.  It’s a three books series, and books one and two are already out.  (If you enjoyed my Christie Craig novel, Murder Mayhem and Mama, you might give this series a try.
  4. A contemporary reader who longs for heart tugging stories. It can have a little mystery or suspense but no dead bodies thank you very much.  For sure give This Heart of Mine a try.   Also, releasing March 26, is In Another Life, a heart tugging novel about family and friendship, but it has a nice tread of suspense running through it that gives the book the title of a thriller.


Today, I’d like to give away three of my YA titles.  Tell me why you haven’t read YA fiction and what you normally read, or tell me why you are a YA reader and what pulled you into the world of YA. I’ll give away three e-copies of one of my C.C. Hunter books to three different people who leave a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only,)


Last week’s winner of a memory card and TWO FEET UNDER deck of playing cards is Jenni B. Congratulations! Please email me at with your postal address.

Amazon Glitch

Still trying to get Amazon to fix the problem with the Kindle version of Two Feet Under. I’m so sorry this happened. You can still get the ebook from Barnes & Noble and Kobo–and the print version from all three. Hang in there Kindle users! 😒

12 thoughts on “Young Adult…? Not For You? Are You Sure?

  1. I’ve been reading YA since I was in high school. I’m currently a senior in college, and I just never stopped reading them. It’s the only place I look when I’m looking for a new book. I’m not very adventurous with my reading, so I’ve never really branched out. I prefer fantasy/romance. I love werewolves, witches, vampires, etc, so I typically stick in that realm, but when I like an author, I try to read all of their works, regardless of the genre.

    I also want to say that I just finished reading Two Feet Under and it made me feel so many emotions all at once. I have so many feelings about the book that I honestly just can’t contain. I CAN’T WAIT for the final installment in the series, but until then, I look forward to reading In Another Life when it’s released! Your books always pull me in and I can never put them down until I’ve reached the end.

    Thank you for sharing your stories! I’m always excited for the next one!

  2. I started reading YA a few years ago when i did a search for fallen angel books. I found a free ebook for my kindle and got hooked. The first series i read was fallen by lauren kate. Then your shadow falls series was recommended. So i found all the books in the series at the library and started to read them. I read the first 3 in the series in a week. I feel in love with Shadow Falls. I love reading your books and in between waiting i go back to some of the other series i like and re read those.

  3. I started reading YA after I had my second kid. My sister in-law loaned me Twilight, and I started reading it one night once everyone went to bed. Finished it at 2am and went out the next day and bought myself the rest of the series. I’ve been reading it ever since.
    I find it more relaxing to read about problems that can never happen to me (I’m not about to turn 16 and suddenly develop powers that interfere with my homework), and the pace of the books are generally faster and more attention grabbing.

  4. I love YA. For me, it was what I loved as a child and have returned to as an adult. I love that my 13 year old son and I read the same books. I adore the idea of teens making a way in the world. As a kid, I always felt the world looked down on teens so I love a great story about teens making a difference. I read ya fantasy and contemporary. Some of my favorites, besides yours, are Heatless, the lunar chronicles, vampire diaries, the legand series, The sun. Is also a star. And my the book that started it all… Little Women!

  5. I am an avid reader and I read many genre’s, including YA. Harry Potter was my first and is still one of my favorites! I loved the story, the magic, the characters….all of it. Then I found your Shadow Falls series and I was hooked! I like the ones that are stories you can look back and relate with the characters and their emotions. The Morticians daughter hooked me because of its paranormal aspect.

  6. I read YA, mostly fantasy, and adult romance. I’ve always read YA, at least since high school. At that time, it was what I connected to most. Now, I love reading it because I like seeing someone grow into who they are. 🙂

  7. I have always been a YA reader. I think when I was in middle school it was a safe way to learn about romance and all things awkward, then it was what I related to best, and now at 31 I can still relate to it while also reminiscing about those days when I was a bit younger. Plus, as a counselor reading YA keeps me more in touch with my younger clients and gives us a safe way to start relating. Ellen Hopkins is an author that pops into mind when I think of authors that I’ve talked with teen girls about. It’s not that I haven’t branched out and read more adult books, either. It’s just that for some reason reading YA feels like coming home. Plus, it usually has my kind of humor 🙂

  8. I have not been a teen in some time but I have always love YA books and series. What drew me in was the endless possibilities and fresh ideas that these kinds of books have. I love in reality why would I want to read books that offer me no escape. I really enjoy YA books for the adventures the characters go on and how new and fresh lromances are. I remember when I fell in love and know I get to experience it again with new characters.

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