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Blog Series: What Does Global YA Mean to You? Lorie Langdon

Hey 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 American Author, is Lorie Langdon, author of The Doon Series,  (which I loved and devoured very quickly), Gilt Hollow, and her upcoming book, Olivia Twist! This lady is just like her characters: relatable in every way! You will want to connect with her, she’ll feel like a good friend the minute you do.

To learn more and sign up for her newsletter visit:, and check out my interview with her here.

So, Lorie, What does Global YA mean to You?

Photo Lorie Langdon

For me, Global YA means knocking down boundaries. Never before has literature been so accessible to people around the world. Social media means I can interact with a reader in the Philippines, or New Zealand, or in my own town with the same ease. And global retail sites like mean readers all over the globe have access not only to ebooks, but physical copies as well.

I think being able to see through the eyes of characters from different races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds, not only gives us insight and empathy for others, but destroys prejudices. My upcoming release OLIVIA TWIST, portrays the vast contrast between Victorian England’s high society and the destitute living right under their noses. Writing a heroine who has a foot in both worlds and does everything within her power to help the less fortunate has opened my own eyes to the impoverished of our world, and I hope it will do the same for my readers.

My co-authored DOON Series is set in Scotland and depicts a fantasy kingdom that ‘calls’ people from around the world to create an idyllic global community. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but when we read books that give us understanding into philosophies and societies different from our own, I believe it brings us one step closer to that beautiful unity!

– Lorie Langdon

Read more Global YA posts: Pintip Dunn.

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Where are you and what are you reading??

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What Does Global YA Mean to You? – Pintip Dunn

Hey All of you YA Lovers Around the Globe ~

As you may have picked up on, Young Adult Books, or YA–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 Author is the Illustrious Ms. Pintip Dunn. She’s a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction, a RWA RITA® winner for Best First Book, and author of The FORGET TOMORROW series * THE DARKEST LIE * GIRL ON THE VERGE, and many more coming up!

So, Pintip, What does Global YA mean to you?

I am a Thai-American girl who grew up in small town Kansas. I went to Thailand every summer to visit my grandma and the rest of my extended family, often spending weeks or even months there. As a teenager, I felt caught between cultural worlds and wasn’t sure how I fit into either. I wasn’t quite Thai enough, nor was I American enough.
This feeling is precisely at the center of my YA thriller, GIRL ON THE VERGE, which is about a Thai-American girl struggling to find her identity . . . and what happens when a stalker tries to steal that identity.
Even when I’m not writing an #ownvoices novel, however, I would still classify my books as global YA. The themes and human struggles I write about are universal, and I don’t believe they are specific to one country or another.

In addition to the United States, my FORGET TOMORROW series has sold in four other countries — France, Brazil, Turkey, and Mexico with distribution to Latin America. I’ve received some wonderful messages from my readers in these other countries, and they are largely the same as the notes that I receive from my U.S. readers. This shows me that the same elements are resonating with my readers, no matter which country they’re from!

Pintip Dunn


Have something to share with Pintip? Want to connect with her? Try her on twitter or her Facebook Page. She is awesome at getting back to people! Check out her books here.

** What does Global YA mean to you?

** What are YOU reading?

Adieu for now,


Nova in China


What Does Global YA Mean To You?

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Global YA

It’s no secret that I’m a hopeless nomad and culture nerd. I’ve studied 8 languages, lived in seven countries spread across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and traveled to many more. I love every place I go. I love connecting with the people and I’m torn when I have to leave. On certain days, I threaten to throw down everything just to hop on a plane and go see that friend in whatever country. Some days, I’ve done just that. But as a writer, I’ve been given a global gift–I get to interact with the world in a new way.

As you may have picked up on, YA or Young Adult Books & it’s readers & writers & writing communities—are spinning webs around the world connecting us in new ways. And I can’t get enough of this or stop being grateful for it.

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.

But first, you must hear from me, my lovely captive audience…*muahahahaha!*



IN publishing, things like We Need Diverse Books & Diversity in YA have brought light speed to representing diversity in the publishing world. English speakers from around the world started writing more books for a more global community & are uniting over books and ideas. Not only do OUR books reflect a new global world (I know mine do!) but we do too. Last year I won the writing contest PitchWars and both mentees and mentors represented many nations!

TODAY our world looks different: As a child, I grew up in America in a house where I was more than one thing—I was Finnish & American. And in that house, we hosted foreign guests, both short & long term, who became like family to me. Then, at a young age I traveled and lived abroad. I’ve been out of America for more than half of my life–currently in Asia–and often lived where I was the only American around. During that time, my identity changed forever. I absorbed different cultures and languages. I learned new ways to live, to think, to love, to write. I wasn’t exactly just American anymore, or Finnish, I was so much more. Much like how our world feels today.

It’s pretty obvious that nations have never been more connected or more globally minded than we are today. Many of us can’t even claim one country let alone one culture, one music, or one cuisine. We are multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-foodie, multi-musical, multi-bookworm, and pretty much—this generation is multi-everything! Since University, I’ve worked with immigrants, refugees, travelers, international students and in foreign countries…Let me tell you—we, they, and us are so much more than one thing, sometimes we are more than two or three or four. Most of us don’t fit in a cultural box anymore.

Books, as silly as it sounds, are often the first ambassadors making friends in other countries. They travel farther and wider than people. And stay longer. Because of books, people in all kinds of countries can understand, know, laugh/cry with, stand up for, and relate to and connect to other people in other countries! So many themes are universal. It’s inspiring. Nearly everywhere I go I talk books or writing with someone.

The greater YA writing community is composed of dozens of authors from other countries. We and our characters reflect a millennium where our world has spilled over into one another in an inescapable way– and its only getting more global each day. We write for each other and the world. And you don’t have to have plane ticket to connect.

So “Global YA” isn’t really “a thing”, but it makes me excited to think that YA is global, that books and the emotions they express are global, and that We are global.

So. Your turn. What are your thoughts? What does Global YA mean to you?


Look forward to these women + more who have something to say about Global YA.


Final November Giveaway!


Thanks to all who extended some Twitter Love to me during my November Giveaway Part 2! Congrats to Melissa Poettcker who won! Check out her lovely website here.

Now, here are the details for the FINAL NOVEMBER GIVEAWAY!

Instagram Love: Follow + tag two friends in my Final Giveaway IG Post, and subscribe if you haven’t to my newsletter for a chance to win a 10 Pages + Query Critique + a fun Journal from Asia OR a YA Book–either Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster (because she’s awesome and lived in China too) or Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Ademyi (because she’s awesome too, and she’s my 2016 PitchWars alum friend!cbb



*It’s my final November Grateful giveaway, so please tell your writing friends 🙂 Winner will be announced on November 24th!

*Want to understand why I’m doing these giveaways? Read here.

*Stay tuned for a discussion with amazing International & American Authors on this space..details soon…as well as some fancy book aesthetics and clips of my writing.

Thanks for your encouragement on this writing journey. BIG love to you all,

Nova, a YA Fantasy Writer temporarily in a Contemporary YA writer’s mind.



Connect with me here as a host on the The Spinning Pen or here on Twitter.






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November Giveaway Part 2!


Thank you to everyone who signed up for my newsletter! ! Congrats to Sylvia Melton who won my first giveaway!

Here are the details for Giveaway Part 2!

Twitter Love. Basically, follow and retweet this post, which I’ll pin up, to readers, writers, and anyone who loves YA! (And if you haven’t, I’d love for you to subscribe to the fancy newsletter that is on every page on my website within a pink box! It’s not necessary for this giveaway, tho!)

What’s the giveaway? First ten pages + Query Critique OR two fun journals from China! *International ok.

The winner will be announced November 15th! Thanks again, everyone!

If you haven’t read why I’m doing this please go to this post. 

Global YA Discussions with super talented International & American YA authors and Sneak Peaks of my NOVELS to come!

Happy November to you all!

Be Thankful.


NEWS & November Giveaways



In honor of all that is November (my birthday, Thanksgiving, Nanowrimo, PitchWars agent show case,) it’s an appropriate month to share good news and do something fun….like….

Launch a newsletter & start blogging on my new website!!

But first we must celebrate with:



I would love for you to sign up for my newsletter & go on this writing journey with me! What can you expect?

It won’t be anything too regular but when I have news you’ll know before my cheeky neighbor and you’ll have first dibs on:

Newsletter: Giveaways * Writing & querying tips * BOOK & AGENT UPDATES * Speaking Dates (like next month at the US Consulate in China!) * FREE short stories!

On the Blog Soon… * Discussions on Global YA with some super talented American and International Authors (coming soon!) *My latest BOOK obsessions * Sneak Peeks of my own novels.

It’s been my desire to kick start my own website for awhile now and both stepping out and giving back to the community in the month of thankfulness just feels right.

Here’s how the sign ups and giveaways will work:

November 10th, Win a Query + First 5 pages Critique OR a free e-book  If you subscribe to my Newsletter on this website (go to home page and find a pink box, insert your email address!) you will automatically be entered to win. *Giveaway is open now until Nov 10th and ebook options will be given to Winner.

On November 10th, I’ll announce the winner and provide the details for the next Giveaway on November 17th, which will get even better, and so on! Then a final Giveaway on November 24th! *Stay Tuned…

I’m also celebrating that I’m finally brave enough to share my writing with anyone, everyone, YOU. Can’t do this without you…Thank you AUTHORS, readers, and friends.

And now….going back to work…rocking this year’s Nano WIP, Sixteen Kryptonite Letters!!!


PS: What are you working on? What are you reading?

*Currently reading : Last Star Burning by Caitlyn Sangster


5 Reasons A Writing Team is Invaluable. (A guest post I wrote for Hannah Heath!)

Today we have the grand finale of the “Help Hannah get through finals” guest posting series. This last post is by Nova McBee. Nova reads and writes YA fiction books while traveling the world with her husband and two kids (she’s currently in China). She co-hosts The Spinning Pen at and has promised to…

via 5 Reasons An Avenger-Style Writing Team is Invaluable: A Guest Post by Nova McBee — Hannah Heath


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