Monday, February 24, 2014

In Which I Unabashedly Praise Adult Males Who Unabashedly Read YA

No really, I'm not kidding.

Something I've learned as NOT A DROP TO DRINK makes it way into the world is that my fan base has a very strong adult male contingent. Yes, really. One of the coolest experiences I've had so far as an author was to have my own work quoted back to me - and it was male dialogue coming from an adult male, wanting to know how I could write a man so well. And that was one hell of a compliment.

Recently my brother-in-law broke his wrist and was spending his downtime in the local bar / eatery with a group of winterized farmers. Having been laid up for awhile, the b-in-l had decided that he might as well read my book. And oddly enough he read it in two nights and really, really liked it. So he mentioned this at lunch with a group of farmers - none of them under 30 - and over the course of the conversation, each reluctantly shares that they too, had read it... and really liked it. In fact, my b-in-l returned to me with a list of book related questions from the group.

I really can't tell you how happy this made me.

Don't get me wrong, I've had lots of teen fans and adult women tell me they liked the book as well. But the longest and most in-depth conversations I've had about my book have been with adult males. In person, over email, through Twitter and Facebook, adult males are telling me how much they enjoyed reading a YA book with a female main character.

And that is so awesome.

5 comments:

Rob said...

So awesome when someone you don't think of as being audience becomes a fan! I've had similar responses to All Is Silence.

HEATHER LYNNE DAVIS said...

That is really exciting and the best thing about writing--when someone very different from you shares the world you created. Super cool! Can't wait to read this--it is on my list!

Kel said...

That's so awesome! Not that your brother-in-law broke his list, but that all these guys loved your book. :)

Mindy McGinnis said...

Agreed. I think it's wonderful that people are reading outside of their perceived comfort zone and finding it a good experience!

Frank Verdun said...

Not A Drop To Drink transcends classification like nothing else I`ve sampled from the YA section of the bookshop I work in. It`s easily the best novel I`ve read in two years, irregardless of placement. Just because your protag is a teenaged girl with a love interest doesn`t necessitate YA pigeonholing. Mark Haddon`s Curious Incident was very successfully marketed as general fiction and won a long list of accolades and his protag is a twelve year old boy suffering from autism.

Perhaps some future reprint of Not A Drop will be published under general fiction, as I feel it should be.

And, yes, you write your male characters very well.