Meet Finn. The first, as far as I know, 13 year old boy to read Dar Tania. Courtesy of his mom, Em, they were kind enough to post a review on Kindle. I did not intend for Forsaken Isles stories for a Young Adult audience. But, because I began playing and reading fantasy when I was 8, it makes sense to me that there would be imaginative youth out there with a rich inner world in their mind's eye. There is a certain set of fantasy tropes I have put a lot of effort into avoiding... and they predominate YA writing.
Some trope examples:
- An unassuming/immature teen whose only redeeming quality is a sense of wonder OR frustration with something about their life
- Secondary characters who have it all figured out and keep the main character firmly on the rails of the plot
- Villains obsessed with some hidden "special something" that only the main character has; this is a way to prolong the reveal as a plot twist. It creates a climax long before the actual climax
...and then Amazon's review algorithm noted that the mother had friended me on Facebook and decided to not allow the review to stand.
There is so much great art out there. I remember, as a kid, sketching things and wishing I could draw better. As fate would have it, I wrote more than I sketched but now, you just enter a term like "dragon knight fire" and you get great stuff like this.