Bad Girls, Slut-Shaming, and Sexual Empowerment in YA + NA.

End Slut Shaming

Heather at the Flyleaf Review interviewed me on the topics of Bad Girls, Slut-Shaming, and Sexual Empowerment in YA & NA.

This is, IMHO, my best interview so far, and definitely the one I’m most proud of. These topics are important to me as both a writer and a reader who’s sick of seeing the same sexist, stereotypical treatment of sexuality and romance in fiction for young adults.

One of my favorite snippets from the interview:

Heather:

I love that Unteachable looks at the taboo subject of forbidden romance between a teacher and a student in a new way. It’s not a new subject, but I think you made it fresh in that neither Maise or Evan try to justify their affair. … I thought this exploration of the darker side of their relationship was very compelling. What have you found most readers opinions to be on this, positive or negative? Did it surprise you?

Leah:

… Some of the most fascinating reviews I’ve gotten have been 4- or 5-stars that say they loved the book but did NOT love the romance between Maise and Evan. However, it made them think and examine their own values and beliefs, or they empathized and rooted so strongly for Maise that the relationship was almost tangential. That amazes me, because this is obviously a romance–but the fact that so many people are responding positively solely because of the heroine and what *she* goes through and overcomes? Awesome. I am so happy that Maise is the star, not Evan. When readers say, “I fell in love with the heroine, not the hero,” I get this huge grin. Go Maise.

Read the full interview and add your voice to the discussion. There’s also a giveaway attached, and some hints about my next book.

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