R5 Author Q&A: Katonah’s YA Author Lena Roy

Léna Roy, Katonah
Author of Edges and director of the Writopia Labs in Katonah, Hartsdale, and Larchmont

What’s the biggest difference between the YA audience and an adult audience? Honestly, there is so much crossover between audiences. You have so many adults reading YA, and so many teens have always read more adult books.

Why do you think YA has gotten so big in recent years? There are so many wonderful authors writing complex and compelling narratives that are accessible and easy to read. To quote Nathaniel Hawthorne: “Easy reading is damn hard writing!”

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Is there a YA book out there now that you wish you had written? Looking for Alaska by John Green. John and I share this spiritual thirst and desire to understand. This book is masterful.

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