Write believable teen and child characters

22 November 2013
Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas from Penguin Group Australia provides a Top Tip for Children’s and YA writers.

  1. Establish a distinctive, original voice that ensures characters live and breathe on the page.
  2. Write characters that are complex, real, three-dimensional and often unreliable.
  3. A great example of voice and narrative perspective in writing for children is the character of Todd Hewitt in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy by Patrick Ness.


About Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas is Executive Editor at Penguin Young Readers in Melbourne. She has worked in-house as an editor for various Australian trade publishers for thirteen years, and has worked at Penguin for five years.

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