Something happened to my WiP. It's become a YA Christian novel. Not that I mind that, I don't, thought the marketability worries me. I didn't set out for this to be Christian. I knew it was a possibility, but I was sure there wasn't a market for edgy Christian YA. Last I heard, there was barely a Christian YA market to begin with.
Things have changed since I last browsed the Christian bookstore. Back then, the only fast-paced, well-written YA I could find was the Veritas duo from Frank Peretti. Which I adored. (The latter of which I bought and have re-read more than any other book.) But very little else.
Then I heard about about the most recent Christy (Christian fiction) award nominations. Which led me to the "Young Adult" category. (They have a young adult category?!?!?!?!) Which led me to contemporary, attractive covers like these:
Fun. Slightly boyish. Reminiscent of Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat or The Mysterious Benedict Society.
So, Christian YA seems to have a place in this world. Legitimate covers in every genre. Legitimate stories. And I may now just have a story to join them.
Do you read Christian fiction? Any Christian YA? Have you read any of the books above, and do they live up to their covers?