Jo Whittemore – Writing for Teens and Young Adults

On Thursday, November 8th, 2007 Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman spoke with novelist Jo Whittemore. She is the author of three novels: Escape from Arylon, Curse of Arastold, and Onaj’s Horn. Jo has been a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) since 2003 and is one of the founding members of AS IF! (Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom). She shared with us practical guidelines for writing for the demanding yet rewarding market segment of teens and young adults. We covered issues of language, fashions & fads, realism, research tips, how to portray edgy behavior, and what to expect as an author in this genre.
At the age of 30, Jo has exceeded a goal she set for herself as a child—to publish a novel. In fact, she is now the author of three novels: Escape from Arylon, Curse of Arastold, and Onaj’s Horn. She has been featured in the national magazines For Me, East West, andAudrey, as well as several Texas publications. Jo is represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Roger.

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