This is the blog of children's book author and elementary school teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Learning to Write by Reading (YA Paranormal)

Some writers have told me that they can't read when they are writing, or if they do read it has to be in other genres. I find the opposite to be true. I read in my genre to see for myself what the experts are doing. I read as a writer. And since each story I read is unique with it's own voice, mine should be too.

So here's what I'm reading as I write a Paranormal YA. Some of the books I've read previously, which influenced me to try this genre. Some I read in anticipation. Others I've read as a break from my own paranormal universe. And I'll be honest, I didn't like all of them. But that's part of the learning experience to. I've listed them in chronological order (as in, date I read them)

Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Shiver and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
The Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr
Wake and Fade by Lisa McMann
iDrakula by Bekka Black
Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan
Fallen and Torment by Lauren Kate
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck
Wings and Spells by Aprilynne Pike
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Slayed by Amanda Marrone
Need by Carrie Jones
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith

I think that's all of them. Now off to the library... to get more.