Friday, 13 July 2012

Contemporary Summer: Guest Post with Julia Green + Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Today I have author Julia Green on the blog, who will be talking about why she writes YA contemp fiction! There'll also be a chance for two people to win one set of Julia's books each (including Breathing Underwater, Bringing the Summer and Drawing with Light). I hope you enjoy the post! :)
Why I write contemporary fiction for teenagers/young adults by Julia Green

There are plenty of brilliant fantasy and historical novels around, but I’ve only ever wanted to write realistic contemporary fiction for teenagers. Why? I think it’s because those were the stories I wanted and needed to read myself as a teenager: novels set in the real world, reflecting real important issues about life, love, relationships. Those were the things that fascinated me at that time of my life (and still do: I love adult novelists like Anne Tyler, Tricia Wastvedt, Carol Shields who write about contemporary life). I read stories as a way to understand my world, and to understand myself and others. I love the way fiction can take you right inside another person’s thoughts and emotions; I love the way it makes you feel and think. 

Now, as an author, I use my writing as a way of working things out, of understanding things, and I hope my own stories have the effect of drawing readers in and making them feel and think. I hope readers will immerse themselves in the characters and events and think about their own lives, too. I’d like to think my novels might make a difference to someone, somewhere. My stories are often about young people experiencing change and loss, and surviving those things. I write about first love, and friendships, and relationships between mothers and daughters (fathers, too). I want to show how real, ordinary life is amazing and extraordinary enough itself: we don’t need to travel to fantasy worlds. The most important journeys we make are inner journeys: growing up, learning who we are, how to live, what’s most important to us.

In my first novels for teenagers (Blue Moon and Baby Blue) I explored pregnancy and birth, and the emotional minefield of teenage motherhood. In Breathing Underwater and Bringing the Summer, my teenage character Freya has to come to terms with the loss of her brother, and work out what sort of person she is, what’s really important, what friendship and family mean. In Drawing with Light, Emily is looking for the mother who abandoned her, partly to find out more about herself; it’s the love of her boyfriend Seb which supports her through that emotional journey. I suppose, thinking about it now, that I’m always writing about love; different kinds of love. My novels are always a mixture of the real and the imagined, but they are set in real places, about real experiences, because that’s what’s most important to me.


Julia’s latest novel is Bringing the Summer published by Bloomsbury

Thanks so much Julia for your wonderful post! It's been great having you on the blog! :)


Now time for the giveaway. Two winners will each receive a set of Julia's books (above, images linked to Goodreads). Books will be posted by the publisher. This giveaway is open to residents of the UK and Ireland ONLY, ages 13 or over. Giveaway will end July 31st 2012. To enter, please fill out the form below. Good luck! :)

This giveaway is now OVER. No more entries will be accepted.

Don't forget to visit Cait's blog for a guest post and giveaway with author Keris Stainton!

EDIT: This giveaway has been inundated with automated competition entries (for an explanation, see here), in which people can enter without even visiting the site hosting the giveaway or knowing what giveaway they're entering. ALL automated competition entries will be disqualified. 


  1. They look like lovely summer reads!! Thank you for the great giveaway!!

  2. Couldn't agree more. This is why I love YA contemporary. Inner journeys are much more interesting than fantastical ones.

  3. Awwww, what a wonderful guest post from Julia! Even though paranormal was the genre that actually got me into reading, I definitely love contemporary novels equally! I haven't read Julia Green's books before but they sound AMAZING and hopefully I can get the chance to read it soon ;)

    Thank you for sharing this awesome post with us, Liz! ♥

  4. YES. I love that contemporaries are so focused on the inner journeys. They often hold so much more emotional depth and I love being able to really connect, feel that sense of familiarity with what the character is going through. Contemporary is brilliant for that.

    Fantastic post!! I recently got one of Julia's books, so I can't wait to get started on it now :)

  5. Thanks so much for the giveaway, and wondeful post!

  6. Thank you so much! I love UK Giveaways and I have wanted to read a book by her for so long!

  7. Wow love book giveaways!!! thank you so much

  8. Thank you for the giveaway and making it international!! :D <3

  9. I haven't read anything by Julia Green before, I like a good summer book:)

  10. I would like to thank you for a fantastic book giveaway, that i would so love to have the oportunity of reading & reviewing! (on Goodreads and amazon websites).

    I have not encountered this author before hence why i would love to be able to read her work & find out more, as it sounds utterly origional.
    Thank you so much x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  11. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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