Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Reading Fantasy while Writing Contemporary

I love to read. I didn't always love to, though. In high school and college, I never read for fun. I only read what I had to and often hated every moment.

Now, I write YA novels and can't find enough hours in the day to read all the books I'd like to. I enjoy all types of books, not just YA. The problem is, when writing a contemporary YA novel, I can't seem to get away with reading YA fantasy. If I do, I have to fight the urge to give my characters some power or have them sprout wings.

What about you? Can you write one genre and read another at the same time? If so, how do you keep your mind from going where it shouldn't when you write?

Right now I'm reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, The Armor of Light by Karen Hoover, Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell, and Raven.

I just finished The Hidden Sun by J. Lloyd Morgan, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Exile by RaShelle Workman.

I'm about to start Bound by Christine Bryant.

What are you reading?


Deanna said...

I am starting Hades (Halo #2) by Alexandra Adornetto tonight. I really liked the first one and I am looking forward to this one.
I just finished Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan and really enjoyed it.

Canda said...

I just finished Wicked Lovely and am starting Ink Exchange(not yet liking it as much as the first), next in line is Iron Knight (ARC).