John Marsden, who has been running a school for the past eight years, talks a bout his new book for adults. The link has an accompanying video.
Given his huge following among teen readers, why write a novel for adults? “It wasn’t really a conscious decision,’’ he says, as a flying soccer ball slams into his office wall. “I’ve gotten a little tired of the young adult market, or the genre. It seems to have gotten very crowded with a lot of pretty unattractive books; a lot of books where writers are trying terribly hard to capture the voice of this funky, cool teenager; it just doesn’t ring true. Too many adults have invaded the territory with motives that might have more to do with their own immaturity than anything else.’’
He points out he hasn’t begun a YA novel — a 2008 adaptation of Hamlet was his last work aimed at teenagers — since he opened Candlebark almost nine years ago.