It's no secret that some people are better multitaskers than others, but author extraordinaire Sophie Jordan may take the cake for successfully balancing robust writing careers in three separate genres. Whether it's historical romances, New Adult or YA, Sophie repeatedly delivers delicious stories — and her latest YA, Uninvited, is no exception. But what is it like writing for various audiences? How does she manage to balance it all? Keep reading to find out! Take it away, Sophie!
Sometimes I meet people, in person or online, and they tell me I’m crazy for writing in so many different areas. Sometimes they’re teasing, and sometimes they’re not. They really think I’m crazy.
Currently, I’m writing in YA, historical romance and New Adult romance. Once upon a time, I penned a six-book paranormal romance series. The truth is I would go crazy if I did NOT write different things.
I think the reason I love YA so much is that I can do so many different things within that genre. I can explore themes and topics and writing styles and settings and even time periods. The boundaries are limitless. The Firelight trilogy was a paranormal romance grounded in the contemporary world, with shades of fantasy elements to it. My new YA, Uninvited, is a blend of sci-fi, near-future, romance and thriller. Even in my historicals, I try to do something different with each book — I'm never one to tell the same story again. My New Adult series is just a new venture for me period. I’ve never written contemporary college-aged heroines, so there is excitement in the newness factor. No fear of getting bored there.
Writing different stories is what keeps it fun and interesting for me. That said, there is a common thread in all my books, and that’s the romance. Sure, the romance is a stronger element in my adult books. It’s practically everything. They are romances, after all. In my YA books, the romance is just one component of the book, but present nonetheless. Uninvited was so exciting for me to write because I delved into deeper issues of identity and bullying and discrimination, in addition to a romance sub-plot.
Whenever I finish one project, I’m excited for the next one. It’s not only a new book that I get to start, but it’s a new book within a different genre. My enthusiasm propels me forward. The challenge arrives when I dive into a different tense. For example: my historicals are third person past, my YAs are first person present and my NAs are first person past. You can imagine how tricky that can be! For the first hundred pages I often slip out of the correct tense and revert to whatever I was doing in the previous book. I have to catch those mistakes when revising. I actually still catch a few in the copyedit phase. Honestly, I think that’s the biggest difficulty I’ve faced.
I’m also super fortunate to be writing in all these different imprints for the same publisher. I think that makes it easier to negotiate. I have one romance editor (for NA and historicals) and one YA editor and they are very accommodating with my deadlines/schedule. It might be a tricky thing to have to ask for an extension because I was working on a book for another publisher. Luckily, that’s not my situation.
So am I crazy? Maybe. But if this is madness I’ll take it over sane any day of the week, because it makes me happy. It keeps my writing fresh, my passion for the subject matter sharp and keen. And I sincerely believe it makes me a better writer.
With so many to choose from, we suggest you run to your nearest bookstore and stock up on all of Sophie's books you can find, including her newest, Uninvited! And for more YA authors and books, zip on over to our Everything Young Adult Page!