Hey All of you YA Lovers Around the Globe ~
As you may have picked up on, YA or Young Adult Books & it’s readers & writers & communities—are spinning webs around the world connecting us in new ways. As a way to appreciate that, I’ve asked some International and American authors to share what that means to them. This week and next will be filled with their responses! We would love to hear YOUR responses too! Either comment below or send me your response on my contact page. Read the original Global YA post here.
Today’s Global YA response is from Romanian Science Fiction author Alex Reda. She’s my fabulous fellow PitchWars Alum and is currently in process with her novel with her agent, Natascha Morris of BookEnds. Find her charming bio & contact below and be sure to connect with her on Twitter or Instagram!
So, Alex, what does Global YA mean to you?
I think today’s YA is striving to build bridges in a time bent on digging deeper barriers. It helps us see worlds beyond our own, through authenticity and diverse points of view. You can scale the Himalayans or hike through New Zealand with a turn of a page. You can delve into experiences and celebrations with an upward swipe. And every new book you devour can lead to the same goal—connection through universal emotions.
As a Romanian writer, with English being my third language, I was lucky enough to be encouraged to read international books from the moment I learned my ABCs. Bedtime stories involved Town Musicians of Bremen and One Thousand and One Nights. I’ve travelled all across the globe through words—which turned into a mad case of wanderlust I’m trying to keep under control. Some stories try to transport me back to Romania, though I tell anyone who’ll listen that Romanians don’t have Russian accents, we’re not fond of stealing or begging, nobody names their kid Costel nowadays, and our mythology doesn’t include vampires. We do have werewolves, though 🙂
The real love of books began when I discovered YA. Being in a character’s mind, discovering life through their eyes, growing up (or reliving teenage years) alongside them in a much more personal way, is one of the reasons the genre’s so popular. Its unapologetic take on current issues, from the perspective of someone who has to live in the future we’re building now, makes YA vital.
YA is more important than ever. It’s evolving in the best direction and takes on the injustice and cruelty we see and live. As a non-US writer, coming from a country which has been stereotyped in a decade that gave us Brexit and other monumental decisions, which produced an unwelcome amount of hate and cultivated fear, I hope more and more international authors can develop the genre, and incorporate our own points of view alongside the US and UK based narratives which have enriched literature so far. Which is why initiatives like Nova’s are so great. This is a time of change and Global YA can make a difference.
I’m Alex Reda, a YA contemporary and SF writer from Romania, proud member of the 2016 Pitch Wars class. When I’m not glued to my keyboard, I dash between lecture halls, daydreaming about plot bunnies and gorging on dark chocolate. One of my goals is to create someone’s future OTP.
You can find Alex online:
Twitter: @Alex__Reda (https://twitter.com/Alex__Reda)
Instagram: @alex__reda (https://www.instagram.com/alex__reda/?hl=en)
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