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Visited Amazon GR SW (1)Visited by Janine Caldwell
Publication date: May 25th 2013
Genre: YA coming-of-age fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.


Jan 08-Mars08 023 (1)AUTHOR BIO
Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.


Writing YA

I write in the genre normally referred to as YA or Young Adult and sometimes I think I’ve lost my mind. Having to think like a high school student is not the easiest thing in the world when you no longer are one. I don’t always know what the latest lingo or fad is, but the more I write YA the more I realize those things don’t necessarily matter.

Deep down high school problems aren’t that different from adult problems. As a teenager we worried about whether a girl/guy liked you, if were part of the “in” crowd or the best at whatever you excelled at whether it be a sport or class. That doesn’t change when we grow up in my opinion. We still struggle with those issues. Or if you didn’t care what people thought of you in high school that mentality seems to carry over into adulthood. If you were in the middle of all the drama in high school that’s probably where you’ll still be in the workplace.

Teenage problems aren’t that different and often teenagers are a lot more grown up than we give them credit for being. There were several agents who felt my writing tended to be more in the adult genre than young adult despite my teenage protagonist. That’s their opinion and they are entitled to it, but I’m entitled to disagree.  The more YA I read, the more I came to the conclusion that teenagers aren’t any different than adults.

They struggle with their emotions and often leave them on their sleeves, but I can count as many adults who do the same thing (myself could be included). Teenagers want the coolest cars, clothes and electronics. They want to know they are loved, and don’t always know the right way to get what they want. That’s nothing unusual from our own adult wants. I think the only defining characteristic between YA and Adult is as an adult we have some wisdom that comes with time. The problems don’t change, but sometimes our reaction to them do. As an adult we can come across familiar situations and we know from experience what not to do in a way a teenager may not.

So, after a lot of thought I don’t think I’m crazy after all. Writing YA isn’t much different other than my character may be facing a problem for the first time and I get to go back and think about what it was like to experience something as if it were new. First love, first kiss, first heartbreak.

It’s a challenge, but that’s what keeps me writing and hopefully keeps you reading.