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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Guest Post: Leigh Michael & Amber Garr

YA Mythology: The Next Big Trend?

Are mermaids the next vampires?  Are water sprites the new fallen angels?  The world of mythology is vast and the creatures within them are intriguing, mysterious, and iconic.  Young adult authors who embrace these mythological beings have the opportunity to intertwine historical stories with modern day tales, and often with a twist of their own.

YA Mythology books are gaining ground in the business of dystopian, steampunk, and vampire novels.  Why?  Author of Sprite (Annabelle’s Story Part One), Leigh Michael gives three reasons why she believes mythology is worth the hype:

  1. Writing mythology is two-fold: an impressive imagination and extensive amounts of research.  I personally love this combination that's seen in various genres.
  2. As we all know... Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades are the three main Greek Gods, which means there is a potential for storylines in the sea, the underworld, and all of earth's land and sky. Really makes you question the saying, "the sky's the limit."
  3. Sure, there's Greek Mythology (as I just mentioned), but that's just scratching the surface. In fact, mythology is defined as "A collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes." In other words, lots of fun variations, prophecies, and adventures to behold.

And now is the perfect time to dive into YA Mythology.  Ten indie authors have teamed up to promote this growing genre.  Whether you are a fan of mermaids, sprites, half demons, or demi gods, there is something for everyone.     

You can join the conversation at #booktrends and let us know what you think about YA Mythology.  Plus, you can enter to win a signed copy of one of the five books listed above.  Visit Mayandree Michel website to enter or click on the button below.  Contest ends August 17th.

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