I actually love writing for teens best. I had such an awful time in my own teen years - I love having the chance to relive them through my fiction.
Teen fiction should be about teenagers - no matter how many arguments there are about what YA lit should be, this seems like the one thing we can all agree on.
We don't tend to write about disease in fiction - not just teen novels but all American novels - because it doesn't fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
I love being a part of Aqua Teen.