WEEK 2 TOPIC POST:
Seven years ago, all I wanted to do wanted to was write an epic fantasy novel. As the years went by and I became more educated in the field of novel writing, I found I was being asked over and over again - who's your target audience? Who will read your book?
One of my toughest tasks has been trying to zero-in on a target audience for my epic fantasy novel, "Maycly." I thought perhaps it was going to be for kids, then I moved on to thinking, nah - it's for middle grades. Then the next thing you know I was trying to make it a YA (young adult) novel, and finally I tried to make it more adult sounding. After thoroughly confusing myself, I decided to just write the novel in my "style," and stick with my original idea...target readers who love epic fantasy - no matter how young or old.
I believe that I have written "Maycly" in such a way it can be enjoyed by a wide range of age groups who like epic fantasy. There are characters of all ages ranging from infants to 317 years old! It may easily be read aloud to children who enjoy a fairytale story at bedtime. Middle grades will find it a good moral story while at the same time challenging them to improve their reading skills. It will also hold the attention of young adults with several conflicts to overcome and hints of romance between a couple in their 20's. And last but not least...adults who are "young at heart" will enjoy "escaping" to the far off world of "Maycly" after a hard day's work.