Why I Write for Young People

My newest Gold Rush book was released last week. While I’ve had fun writing about it and interacting with readers as they discover it, I’ve had enough of promotion for a while. (And many of you may be tired of hearing it!) So it’s time to switch gears and remember why I started down this road in the first place.

I wrote an essay about why I write for young people, and made a video of myself reading it. Here’s an excerpt:

I know that some of my readers are older people who like my books for other reasons, or enjoy reading about my young characters and thinking, “Ahh, I remember that.”  For my young readers I hope the thought is “Yes, I feel that too,” or “Oh good, I’m not the only one.” I want you to know that you’re not alone, that others have had the same feelings or situations. And they have persevered and gone on to great things, just like you will.

If you’d like to see the rest of it, please go to my You Tube channel or click here:

That’s what this is all about. Young readers reading this post, hang in there. You can do this.

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Thanks for sharing this journey with me. 

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.


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