Thursday 6 June 2013

Introducing Past on Paper...

First off, apologies. I'm sorry I haven't been around much of late. Real life getting in the way again, as it has an annoying tendency to do so on occasions. And that has a knock on effect on my reading, unfortunately. But I'd like to mark my return after a bit of a temporary reviewing hiatus by introducing you to this new sort-of feature. I was planning on cramming this all into one month, but I'm terrible a sticking to time-limits and all that so I've decided to have it as an ongoing thing that I will just add to as and when I please. Pretty much like the rest of this blog then...

So, let me explain.... at the moment I'm attempting to write a contemporary YA of sorts and that should be finished in maybe a decade or so if my current work ethic is anything to go by. But my thoughts have already turned to what I might attempt next. Up until last year, whenever I thought about 'historical' fiction, my mind conjured up all the old, old stuff, the sort of thing that involved lots of corsets. Which has never really appealed, to be honest. But a few books I read late last year/ early this year got me interested in the whole idea of twentieth century-set historical YA and I'm in the very early stages of planning a book set in the late 1960s. I might tell you all about it one day....

So here's what I'm going to do with this feature - every now and again I'll focus on a different decade of the twentieth century and see what I can dig up in terms of YA set in that era. And also with (hopefully) the odd author and blogger interview thrown in too. AND for extra treats, a potential To Be Written post with Jo. Huzzah! *bites nails*

So let me know what you think and if you want to get involved...and any recommendations for what you think I should be reading too, of course...


  1. Sounds fantastic, Anna! I love the idea of a YA book set in the 60s.. I recently was sent a YA book set in NY in the 60s, Gloss by Marilyn Kaye. Looking forward to reading it.

  2. Ooh. Color me intrigued, Anna! SO much story potential in the 60s. Go, Anna, go! :)


  3. I am so excited for this Anna! Can't wait to see what you come up with. I am also intrigued by your project - so much to explore in the 60's! Off the top of my head I can't think of many 20th Century historical fiction (except the Mal Peet book pictured) that I've read that isn't set in either WW1 or WW2. Sounds like a fab feature! :)

  4. Sounds like a great idea for a story AND blog feature. :)

  5. Yes! This sounds wonderful! Code Name Verity really piqued my re-interest in historical fic, especially stuff set this century. I would love to see lists of YA set in different decades. If I spy any, I will send them your way ;)

  6. Bugger, I had a comment then went off to find your email addy and now my comment has disappeared!

    I love this idea! Code Name Verity piqued my interest in YA hist. fic and now I want to read more, more, more!

    I'm going to email you a few I can think of now :)