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Authors Writing for Teen and Adult – Reader Roundup with Amy Alessio

Amy AlessioI just had the pleasure of giving a talk on this subject with Joelle Charbonneau at the Spring Fling Conference in Illinois last weekend and we were happy to find that a lot of authors are embracing writing for both teen and adult these days. It’s a fun way to switch it up and learn different marketing techniques too. Here are a few authors who write specifically for teens and adults. I’m featuring their latest book overall, whether it is teen or adult.

chorus lineupJoelle Charbonneau has two mystery series for adults and a futuristic teen thriller trilogy, all with romantic elements. Her latest, A Chorus Lineup, is part of her Glee Club Mysteries for adults featuring Paige, who is trying to figure out who is sabotaging her high school show choirs’ chances at a national competition.
Sea-of-Shadows-webKelley Armstrong’s powerful adult fantasy Otherworld stories continue to find readers while her Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising titles appeal especially to teens. Her new gothic fantasy romance series Age of Legends begins with her latest for teens, Sea of Shadows.
bride wore size 12Meg Cabot’s teen Princess Diaries books were better known than her adult romances when she first starting hitting the top of the NYT lists, but she has a strong following with both groups now and new series for each. The Bride Wore Size 12 is the latest in her smart and funny Heather Wells romantic suspense for adults.
chronicles of nickSherrilyn Kenyon’s bestselling Dark Hunters fantasy series for adults spawned a spin off series about character Nick Gautier, which is aimed at teens, called The Chronicles of Nick. The latest, Illusion, shows Nick imagining what his life would be like if he were not destined to be the son of a demon with a bad fate. Kenyon adds plenty of humor and teen realism to her edgy stories.
sometesarogue150Mary Jo Putney added a teen historical suspense line, the Dark Mirror Novels, to her bestselling work as an adult historical romance author. Her latest Lost Lords title for adults, Sometimes a Rogue, follows feisty Sarah Clarke-Townsend as she pretends to be her twin when kidnappers try to take the pregnant Duchess, and lets herself be taken by the villains instead.
burning dawnGena Showalter has several teen and adult series and stand alone titles, including the teen adventures in the White Rabbit Chronicles. Her latest title as of this week if one of her dark and sexy Angels of the Dark series, Burning Dawn. Warrior Thane tries to protect Elin while they both fight their feelings for each other.
texas hold emFunny contemporary romance writer Christie Craig found another successful voice in writing for the Shadow Falls titles for teens as C.C. Hunter. While the Shadow Falls titles are darker in tone, adult readers may enjoy those in addition to the sassy stories as Craig including her latest, Texas Hold ‘Em. Leah is not charmed by PI Austin when he comes hunting for information on her half-brother, but they can’t deny their attraction.

These are just a few of the writers who are discovering the fun in writing for teens. Many adults read those titles too, so don’t miss fun titles and series!


Bio:Amy Alessio has enjoyed the advice of teens for over seventeen years in her work as a librarian at the Schaumburg Twp. Library in Illinois. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground [1], was published by 4RV Publishing. She wrote Mind Bending Mysterious Services for Teens (ALA Editions, 2013) and co-authored A Year of Programs for Teens 2 with Kim Patton. She is the 2013 Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian Award Winner and the Northern Illinois RWA 2013 Librarian of the Year. Information on her blog and presentations on vintage crafts and cookbooks as well as readers advisory topics can be found at http://www.amyalessio.com/ [2].

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#1 Comment By Becke Martin Davis On May 3, 2014 @ 10:09 am

I didn’t make it to Spring Fling this year but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for next year! I love Joelle, and I’m thrilled that she’s found so much success with her teen trilogy. I read her mysteries first, and I hope she continues to write those, too.

Thanks for the heads-up – I didn’t realize Christie Craig wrote YA under a pseudonym! I’ll have to check those out.

#2 Comment By Carrie Spencer On May 3, 2014 @ 11:01 am

Morning Amy..

I have to say that I didn’t know ANY of those authors wrote teen books! And teen historical suspense? Must buy Mary Jo’s book! =)

thanks for another great list!


#3 Comment By Traci Krites On May 3, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

I’m a writer who hopes to write to both teens and adults in the future.