Originally Posted by Lacedaemonian
4. Would you ever consider writing mature Fantasy or do you enjoy writing for young adults too much?
Originally Posted by Alia
5. Why have you chosen to write young adult fiction rather than children or adult fantasy?
I'll take these together, as they are very interlinked.
I didn't really choose to write for young adult. I chose to write fantasy that could be enjoyed by all ages. This is also my reading material of choice at the moment. I guess I'm a bit of a lazy reader, as I've always enjoyed fast moving stories with plenty of action, but that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy the more hefty reads every now and then. Part of it is a time factor. I rarely have enough time to tackle some of the weightier tomes that dominate the fantasy shelves these days.
It appears that many other people fall into this category, which has led to the rise in popularity of young adult authors with the adult readers. It has subsequently made sense to market my work as young adult, as that's the hot potato at the moment. If I were to brand my work by relating it to other authors, then I would place it in the same vein/readability as the early works of David Eddings (Belgariad) and Anne McCaffrey, either of which could easily have been marketed as young adult fiction, but weren't.
I will inevitably attempt more complex and detailed fantasies in due course, but for the time being I'm having fun writing action stories that are of a more dynamic nature. I do love reading more complex fantasies when I have the time, and am in awe of some of the writers out there (including Kelpie, for whom I have the utmost respect) who can devise such completely developed worlds with a wealth of depth and history. At the moment, I don't feel ready to tackle this sort of undertaking, but I will attempt it eventually.