I've always thought of myself as a YA author. The voices in my head (yes, there are several) are young and the stories that always resonated with me were pretty firmly planted in the YA camp.
But lots of people--authors, friends, my children--urged me to try a different genre. "How do you know you can only write children's fiction?" they would ask. Or, "What about those award-winning short stories you've written? You know, the ones that were adult fiction??"
So I decided to give it a shot. Write something that could be classified as adult contemporary.
And guess what?
I did it!
And it worked! And I liked it!!
Match Me is my first adult contemporary on the market. I started slow, easing into the adult fiction genre. How, you ask? Well, Bonnie, my main character, is twenty years old. Just barely outside the realm of YA fiction. And it's a novella, hovering right at 100 pages.
But it was super fun to write and it has a lot of me in it. In fact, I am writing a whole series of "Me" novellas. And, yep, you guessed it: there just might be some truth mingled in with the fiction.
Oh! I know what you're wondering. Um...the author name on the book is different. Who is Liz Appel?? That's ME. Why a pen name? Just keeping the genres separate. Because, although I think people who loved Set In Stone would delight in Bonnie's antics in Match Me, I don't exactly think the 10 year old boys who leave me reviews for Nine Lives would feel the same way...So, Liz Appel it is, a play on my first name and my maiden name. And she has her own blog, too.