A guest post from Julia Day:
Author of The Possibility of Somewhere
September, St. Martin's Griffin
A published writer once told me that writing contemporary is far more challenging than writing other genres, because you have to make it seem realistic, and applicable to the real world.
What challenges - if any - did you run into while writing, and how did you resolve them/address them?
In a contemporary world, nothing ever stays the same. Technology will not sit still. Education, music, trends, language—they’re constantly evolving. Teens are evolving too and—in many ways—creating the change. As an author, I have to work overtime to get that right.
Even though it can be harder, I still love writing contemporary. I have three beta-readers who are in high school, and they’re great about telling me what I need to change. My daughters are in their twenties—one in college and one in her first job. They’re great about brainstorming with me and brutally honest about how I should handle dialog and plot points. But I don’t mind the honesty, since I really love having my girls involved in my writing. I couldn’t do it without them.
Thank you so much for the great post, Julia!
About the book:
Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted-- he's admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There's only one obstacle in Ash's path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?
All Eden's ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college -- and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream -- one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
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An excerpt from The Possibility of Somewhere
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