Mindy McGinnis: “My YA Books Aren’t Here to Please Adults” #Elena_NicolaouBooksApril 12, 2019
When my book A Madness So Discreet was released in 2015, I had the occasional reader ask, “Why would you write a book for teens where the main character is being sexually abused by her father?”
I worked for 14 years in a rural, economically depressed area — the same area I grew up in and still live in.
But others needed to see themselves in the pages of the books they read — be it an alcoholic parent, an abusive relationship, a sexual-assault survivor, or just a hardscrabble kid down on their luck looking for a way out.
When I wrote The Female of the Species in 2016 — a rape-revenge, vigilante-justice story — I fully expected it to be banned.
Writing Heroine , which is about the opioid epidemic, was no different.
I drove home thinking of them, their students, and of the people in my own life who have been pulled into the vortex.
When writing Mickey, my main character in Heroine , it was important to make her goals the reader’s goals.
My readers may indeed see themselves in these pages.
What I bring with my fiction is what I felt was needed at that lunch meeting, and in all of our lives right now: some hope.
As with my other works, I wrote it because it’s honest about what’s happening.