As I was working on my final drafts of book 3 of The Rayne Trilogy, I felt compelled to make an addition to my dedication page. I was utterly inspired by how the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School organized a national protest. I watched it live with goose bumps and teary eyes. Teenagers organized this, and beautifully so, in a matter of 5 weeks.
Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy consistently feature teens whose bravery, conviction, and determination either forces the adults in their worlds to listen, or compels the heroic protagonists to usher the change themselves. They possess a fountain of hope so vital to each generation; they haven't become jaded by their dystopian politics or fantasy evils. At first our young protagonists don't always believe they can make a difference, but when they do, evildoers beware!
This is why I love reading young adult fiction. This is why I loved every minute of writing about a 17-year-old, biracial heroine and her teen allies with elemental powers. On their side of the wall, the adults who know the truth are complacent, complicit, or too afraid to act. So, it's up to them to fight for what's right in a world plagued by the lies of those in control.
The Rayne Trilogy is a tale of courage, friendship, and family. It explores the question of humanity through the eyes of a teen who has seen the truth beyond the wall. It is the story of a girl and her friends brave enough to know they're not too young to stand for justice and fight for change.
Cheers, and may you find yourself delightfully lost in your current read!