GUEST BLOG: JOLENE PERRY

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What challenges do you think teens face today that you did not?

I’m about to seriously date myself here, but my parents put a car phone in the car I used most often. My friends thought it was the coolest thing EVER, until my parents’ called to find out when we’d be back . . .

The teens I know are plugged in all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. My husband was just at the high school talking about his job as a prosecutor and asked how many people had seen naked pictures of at least one of their classmates that were taken on a phone. He said well over half raised their hands in each and every class. Crazy!

So, I think with all of these new conveniences – like them all having access to phones, and internet at all hours of the day, also brings a lot of challenges with it. We’re living more and more in such a competitive society, and when you’re as connected as the youth are, you’re going to feel that pressure even more strongly. They need to be smarter, taller, thinner, stronger, faster, better . . . in everything, and that’s too much to live up to.

As an adult, how do you keep your finger on the pulse of today’s youth?

Staying connected with the youth is probably the best part about writing for the YA audience – though, I do occasionally run books by their parents . . .

I taught high school for about six years before I had my daughter. I still occasionally coach track or help with the theater department at the nearest high school. I’m part of young adult activities that happen once a week, and teach the teens at the church I attend.

But I think it’s more than that – it’s in the little things like really taking the time to get to know the girls (and yes, boys) who babysit my kids. Really learning about the lives of the teens in the theater productions, and the teens who run track is where I’ve gotten a ton of my writing ideas from. I love the exciting time they are in their lives, and it’s fun to be a part of that.

Oh. And I ALWAYS let them pick the music ;-D

I’m honestly half envious of our youth, and half grateful I grew up when I did.

Thanks SO much for the opportunity to be on your blog for the day!

About the Author:

Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.

Find Jolene online at:

Website: www.JolenePerry.com

Blog: http://www.jolenesbeenwriting.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002038196677

After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums – she’s way more than distraction. Jameson’s falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.

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Comments

  1. You can tell that Jolene is really on the pulse of what’s going on with today’s teenagers. Great post! Thanks Judy for the opportunity.

  2. This is awesome and I love Jolene. I’ve read the first few chapters of this book and it is AMAZING. Seriously. The voice. So incredible.

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