I'm thrilled to welcome as my latest guest one of the most exciting and successful authors of young adult fiction currently working.
Jeff Norton is the author of the exciting MetaWars series for young adults. His innovative science fiction world has been much acclaimed by critics and readers alike. He has also been credited with sparking an renewed interest in reading among a generation of young people raised on the internet, social networking, video games and satellite TV.
Many, many thanks to Jeff for taking time to write for Bookengine.
|Jeff with enthusiastic fans|
I traveled up and down the country, from Brighton to Newcastle, and spoke to and met with over 3,000 young readers (both avid and reluctant), ranging from nine to sixteen. I returned to the writing desk with a bad cold but a richer picture of who I’m writing for….and why.
I was a very reluctant reader as an adolescent. I hated reading. It was hard and I couldn’t win at it. So the first question I ask when speaking to a group of students is: “who enjoys reading?” About half of the hands go up. Then I ask who doesn’t like reading. The other half comes clean. Those are my people.
As a boy, in the 80s, in Canada, I couldn’t find anything in book form as compelling, engaging, or addictive as the best films, TV shows, and video games. So when I started writing, that became the bar; to create a book series that could compete with the amazing array of 21st century visual media on offer.
|A rapt audience|
Now I’m tempted to write series fiction to create a training ground for younger kids to gain confidence to tackle longer novels like the ‘MetaWars’ books. So watch this space!
* Jeff Norton is the author of the MetaWars saga. The third book publishes May, 2013 from Orchard Books. He can be found at www.jeffnorton.com and tweeting at @thejeffnorton.