YABC Scavenger Hunt: Traveler, Plus L.E. DeLano's Article "5 Reasons Why My Story Had to Be YA," and Extra Giveaway!

YABC Scavenger Hunt: Traveler, Plus L.E. DeLano's Article "5 Reasons Why My Story Had to Be YA," and Extra Giveaway!

Today we're excited to share L.E. DeLano's article "5 Reasons Why My Story Had to Be YA," inspired by her new novel, Traveler as part of the YABC Scavenger Hunt! Read on for more about L.E., her novel, and an extra giveaway! And don't forget to answer the question from this post on the Scavenger Hunt form for a chance to win the Grand Prize!

 

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Meet L.E. DeLano!

 

L.E. DeLano is a YA novelist rep’d by Barry Goldblatt Literary, author of the upcoming Traveler (Swoon Reads/MacMillan 2017) and lifelong writer.

Probably best known under her alternate moniker, Ellie DeLano, she has blogged for both Woman’s Day and Mom’s Magazine, and runs her own blog on parenting and autism at SingleMomtism.com.

She lives in Pennsylvania with two very adventurous kids and two very ridiculous cats. In her spare time, she writes (of course) and binge-watches way too much Netflix.

 

Meet Traveler!

 
 

A teen writer discovers that every mirror is a portal into an alternate version of her life in this romantic YA fantasy by author L.E. DeLano.

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all cupcakes, pirates, and fantasy lifestyles - Jessa is dying over and over again in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… This Jessa is going to live.

 
 

"5 Reasons Why My Story Had to Be YA"

 

When I first came up with the idea for TRAVELER, I had a choice about where I was taking this story. I’d never written in YA before (which seems odd to me now, because that’s predominately what I read) and I toyed with the idea of aging the characters, moving the setting and making it full-on Sci Fi/Fantasy. After fussing around with it a bit, I realized that YA was where this story needed to be, and here’s why:

  1. I needed characters that haven’t lived a lot of life. As you age, other factors come into consideration with every decision your protagonist makes. They can’t just rush off on an adventure if it means losing their job, or abandoning a spouse or a child, or not being there to make the rent payment in two weeks. A younger protagonist doesn’t have all the logistical bindings of an adult life to deal with, and that frees them up for adventure.

  2. There’s an inherent sense of unfairness tied to being young. In other words, sometimes teens and young adults are treated like kids, or forced to grow up too soon, depending on your story. That makes for some great dramatic tension for both of my lead characters.

  3. Younger protagonists are often underestimated. This goes back to being “treated like a kid,” but it can really come in handy. Sometimes your characters don’t need to fight that – they need to use it to their advantage.

  4. Younger characters tend to act more impulsively. This can be a double-edged sword of good and bad decisions, but either way, it makes for surprises – which are a very good thing in any story.

  5. Younger characters have greater license for self-reflection. By a certain age, it’s generally expected that you know what you want out of life. That you’ve enacted a plan to get you there, or have a plan and are actively fighting for it. In YA, the characters are still working most of that out; who they want to be, how and where they want to live their life. It’s all very fluid, and that means it can be influenced and completely rewritten by the story on a very internal level, and that can be a fascinating process of character growth.

Now that TRAVELER is done, I can’t imagine it as anything other than YA Fantasy. Jessa and Finn have an amazing ride ahead of them, and it wouldn’t have been as fun, fantastical and full of feels any other way. 

 

 

 

Traveler

By: L.E. DeLano

Release Date: February 7, 2017 

 

 

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Comments 22

KM on Sunday, 05 February 2017 12:42

Do you think the book would've worked if it had been for any other age group?

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Do you think the book would've worked if it had been for any other age group?
L.E. DeLano on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:16

I could have easily made it New Adult and spiced it up a bit, but I think it works best as YA.

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I could have easily made it New Adult and spiced it up a bit, but I think it works best as YA.
Stephanie Plotkin on Sunday, 05 February 2017 15:13

Do you read and enjoy YA? What's the last YA book you loved if you do?

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Do you read and enjoy YA? What's the last YA book you loved if you do?
L.E. DeLano on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:17

I read a lot of YA - and one of my recent favorites is a few years old but I just got around to it - that's The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I loved that book.

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I read a lot of YA - and one of my recent favorites is a few years old but I just got around to it - that's The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I loved that book.
alyssa on Monday, 06 February 2017 09:39

Would you like to go and visit these alternate realities? If yes, what kind of reality would you like to go?

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Would you like to go and visit these alternate realities? If yes, what kind of reality would you like to go?
L.E. DeLano on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:17

I wish I had room in the book to give you all the realities I dreamed up for Jessa and Finn! And my favorite was the steampunk reality!

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I wish I had room in the book to give you all the realities I dreamed up for Jessa and Finn! And my favorite was the steampunk reality!
Melanie Noell Bernard on Monday, 06 February 2017 18:55

I'm curious about Finn. Is it simple chance that Finn was part of her story before she met him or does some bigger force make her write him into her stories?

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I'm curious about Finn. Is it simple chance that Finn was part of her story before she met him or does some bigger force make her write him into her stories?
L.E. DeLano on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:18

You have to read the book to get the full scoop, but Finn appears in Jessa's dreams because her dreams aren't just dreams. So yes, there's a reason and he's there to support that reason.

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You have to read the book to get the full scoop, but Finn appears in Jessa's dreams because her dreams aren't just dreams. So yes, there's a reason and he's there to support that reason.
L.E. DeLano on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:23

And Jessa writes her stories about characters in her dreams (sorry, forgot to add that in)

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And Jessa writes her stories about characters in her dreams (sorry, forgot to add that in)
John on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 02:56

What is your third-favorite kind of animal?

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What is your third-favorite kind of animal?
L.E. DeLano on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:20

That would have to be an ocelot. Though an argument can be made for an ibex.

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That would have to be an ocelot. Though an argument can be made for an ibex.
L.E. DeLano on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:19

That would have to be an ocelot. Though an argument can be made for an ibex.

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That would have to be an ocelot. Though an argument can be made for an ibex.
Megan Coppadge on Thursday, 09 February 2017 17:58

Instead of an alternate reality if you could travel into a different time period when would it be and why?

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Instead of an alternate reality if you could travel into a different time period when would it be and why?
L.E. DeLano on Thursday, 09 February 2017 22:26

Despite the general lack of personal hygiene and good dental care, I think I'd love to see medieval times.

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Despite the general lack of personal hygiene and good dental care, I think I'd love to see medieval times.
Nancy Hernandez on Monday, 13 February 2017 22:33

Do you listen to music when you write if so what type?

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Do you listen to music when you write if so what type?
Kelly G on Friday, 17 February 2017 12:59

How do you avoid distractions while writing?

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How do you avoid distractions while writing?
Lily M. on Sunday, 19 February 2017 02:54

What is your favorite snack to eat while writing?

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What is your favorite snack to eat while writing?
Cat on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:59

What would you say is the toughest challenge when starting to write a new book?

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What would you say is the toughest challenge when starting to write a new book?
Penny Olson on Saturday, 25 February 2017 23:12

What are your inspirations for writing?

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What are your inspirations for writing?
Heidi Wong on Sunday, 26 February 2017 17:12

Did you base any characters off of the people around you?

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Did you base any characters off of the people around you?

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