One of the obstacles in publishing a young adult, or YA, novel is getting readers to take it seriously from a literary perspective.
My own perspective, for the record, is that YA fiction tends to be far more imaginative, and a lot more interesting, than most adult fiction.
Given a choice between exploring alternate realities, the province of many YA novels, and spinning wheels in this reality the way so much adult fiction seems intent on doing, I’ll take the former anytime.
Fortunately, there seems to be an increasing awareness that novels written with a teenage focus audience can also excel as works of literature. Enter my new novel, SNOOZE: A STORY OF AWAKENING.
Concerned with lucid dreaming, astral projection, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and a laundry list of other supernatural topics introduced here, SNOOZE is an exploration and celebration of the paranormal in the form of an epic, coming-of-age tale of one extraordinary boy’s awakening to the reality-altering quality of his dreams.
SNOOZE is also a YA novel—and darn proud to be one.
Composed with young adult as well young-at-heart readers in mind, SNOOZE just proved its literary merit by being selected for an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Beach Book Festival Prize competition.
To put the cherry on top of the cake, this recognition occurred by way of, not the young adult, but the general fiction category. So there.
This bit of external validation comes on the heels of a number of incredibly enthusiastic reader reviews, which you can check out here.
Would you like to download a copy of SNOOZE to read and review? Peruse the first fourteen chapters and explore becoming a reviewer here.
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Sol Luckman is a pioneering ink painter whose work has been featured on mainstream book covers and award-winning author whose books include the international bestselling CONSCIOUS HEALING and its bestselling sequel, POTENTIATE YOUR DNA. His visionary novel, SNOOZE: A STORY OF AWAKENING, winner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award for New Age Fiction, is the coming-of-age tale of one extraordinary boy’s awakening to the world-changing reality of his dreams. Sol’s latest book, THE ANGEL’S DICTIONARY: A SPIRITED GLOSSARY FOR THE LITTLE DEVIL IN YOU, reinvigorates satire to prove that—though we might not be able to change the world—we can at least have a good laugh at it. Then again, maybe laughter can transform the world! Learn more about Sol’s art and writing at www.CrowRising.com.