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Writing Romance in Young Adult

It’s Valentine’s Day and what better day to chat about writing romance in young adult books. One of the big areas that editors were asking for in the last three conferences I have been to is more romance in YA.

I think it’s important for us writers to remember that there should only be romance in the story if it’s needed. It has to have an integral part of the plot and character development.

The romance should have a plot arc of it’s own. This can be tricky to not fall into the cliche relationship.

Books that I love and give a shout out to the romance are:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Jane by April Lindner
An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Sanctum by Sarah Fine

Here’s a vlog I made for you on tips for writing romance in YA:

3 Responses to Writing Romance in Young Adult

  1. Andrea Mack says:

    Great tips, Christy! Makes me want to work on a YA so I can add some romance.

  2. I’m not a big fan of romantic literature. More of an exploding helicopter and fist fight literature fan.

  3. Andrea- I’m glad you found it helpful!

    Tony- yes, I’m an action type of girl myself but I’ve been trying to focus more on developing romance too

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