Another reason for adults to read YA…

More and more readers are turning to YA and teen fiction. In 2012, a study reported that 55% of YA readers were actually adults, and it’s no surprise this number continues to grow. YA novels are enticing escapes that evoke nostalgia, introduce fantastical worlds and spark imagination–important elements often missing from adult fiction. Which is why I’m happy to announce the release of EXTENSION, by L.V. Pires. 



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How would you describe Extension?

EXTENSION is the story of two seventeen-year-old boys, Oliver Conroy and Colby Patterson, who have one thing in common—they share a soul.  After dying on the basketball court, Oliver Conroy is put into a deep cryogenic sleep. In 2032, he wakes, brought back from the dead after eighteen years, with a soul that was not his to keep. Now he needs to find the strength to live out his second chance at life, reunite the missing pieces of his scattered family, and make it through high school while avoiding the roaming psychopaths who just want their souls back.

What inspired you to write this novel?

The idea for EXTENSION came from a conversation with a friend about cryogenics.  We both wondered what would happen if cryogenics worked and people could be brought back from the dead.  Would they bring back their soul when revitalized?  A story unfolded and so did the drama.

Is this a stand-alone or do you have plans for a sequel?

EXTENSION is a stand-alone novel.

What is the best advice you have received that encouraged you to write?

The best advice I received was from my MFA mentor, Lesléa Newman, who encouraged me to write first drafts without editing myself.  This freed me to say or write whatever came to my mind, explore the story in different directions, and see what emerged.

If you were a writer just starting out today, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t have waited so long!  Writing can seem intimidating.  Wondering if taking the time or financial risk to write is a huge hurtle.  Today, I write for two to three hours a day, and I don’t let all the what-ifs get in my way.  If you have a story to tell, you should go ahead and do it now, carpe diem, before you run out of time, which is also a major theme of EXTENSION.

Are you working on anything now, and if so, tell us a little about it?

Yes!  I have just finished revising my new novel, ON HER OWN, a YA Contemporary piece about a fifteen-year-old girl who is abandoned by her family.  Set along the shores of the Chespeake Bay, ON HER OWN addresses issues of self-discovery, first love, and the struggles of a family in crisis.


Oliver sat outside Principal Whistler’s office. His synthetic heart raced. He took a deep breath to calm down. His jaw hurt where Colby had gotten one good punch. Despite all the chaos of the last few minutes, he couldn’t forget what he had come to realize.

Everything from his dream rushed back to him:

His death.


The wheel.

Colby Patterson.

He pulled out his thought pad, gripping the edges with shaky hands and recorded a new memory.

Memory 6: I was reborn.

Oliver needed to find out what was going on. How was it possible that he heard Colby’s name in his dream the night before and now met him in art class? He remembered becoming a child again, then the name, and after that realizing he had been reborn, but that was all a dream. Wasn’t it? His imagination. It was supposed to fade away as the day went on, not become stronger and then turn into reality. What did this mean? How could he die, be reborn as Colby Patterson, and then be brought back to life? And, what did that make Colby? What did that make him? His head spun. He felt like he did the first day after the revitalization—out of control. The confusion felt overwhelming. Something swirled in his head, his stomach turned. He thought he might be sick right there outside Principal Whistler’s office. Swallowing, he tried to keep down the contents of his stomach. There was a simple answer for all of this. All he needed was answers. He needed to figure out what was true and what was imagined. He needed to get out of school and meet with Dr. Wang.

*Excerpt courtesy of L.V. Pires. 

About the author:

Pires, picLisa Veronica Pires is the author of several stories for young readers, including THE PORTRAIT and SUMMER OF WINGED CREATURES. She is the recipient of the Eileen Spinelli Award and a graduate of Spalding University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

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Twitter:  @lisavpires
L.V. Pires is also one of the original contributing authors on WATERFRONTWRITERS.COM. Check out her short story in the HANDS OF TIME anthology, MOMENTS BEFORE IMPACT.

4 Responses to Another reason for adults to read YA…

  • Des says:

    Great interview – sounds like an intriguing read! Also nice to get a glimpse behind the writer’s curtain – that’s some really good advice.

  • admin says:

    Hi Des! I can’t wait to dive into Extension this weekend!

  • mp3juice says:

    First of all I would like to say superb blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.

    I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I have had trouble clearing my thoughts
    in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply just trying to figure
    out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Appreciate it!

    • admin says:

      The best way to start is not to think, just type. Often a writer will not discover their story until they are three or four pages into it. The muddled crap in your head needs to get out before you can get to the heart of what you really want to say. It can be frustrating, but with a little practice you can work through those blocks faster and faster. Just keep at it!

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