Darby writes for MG and YA readers with male point of view characters. And she does it very nicely, winning many awards for her books. Her first book is GRIFFIN RISING.
Next came GRIFFIN'S FIRE.
And if you haven't read these two in the Griffin's Series, you should, because look at the next one that I'm reading now, GRIFFIN'S STORM.
I'm so excited to finally see what Griffin looks like. Just right for a guardian angel, don't you think?
As if this series isn't enough, look what else Darby has in store for her readers.
A whole new series, with a new hero, due out in 2013. So why are Darby's main characters teen boys? Here's what she has to say:
o m/m or m/f; teen/adult
o Side kicks
o How do I become a man, whom do I model myself after?
o What do I aspire to do and to be?
· Use smart humor: body fluids/sounds can only go so far
o Make them laugh, especially after an intense scene
o How do you do the right thing even when it’s hard?
o Does good always overcome evil?
o What makes a real hero?
o Whom do I trust with my hide?
· Sense of assurance that I can have some control in my life
· Weapons and tattoos are always cool
· Start with a bang (physical, emotional)
· Always include at least of the senses on every page:
o I always start at the top of the head and work my way down, then choose an area of the body
o Boys act and talk side-by-side, girls face-to-face
· Don’t cut foes or friends slack
· Always have your friend’s back
· Jockeying for position in various peer groups
o Close friend he can relax around
· Strong desire to fix things
Thank you, Darby, for giving such good advice about writing for boys.
Learn more about Darby Karchut and where you can purchase her books at her blog. If you have teens on your Christmas list, especially teen males, though the books will appeal to the girls too, pick up a copy or two.