What is the most difficult type of relationship to write – platonic, familial, or romantic – and why?
"They are all challenging in their own way. I have the easiest time with romance, the hardest time with casual friendship." - Heidi Kling, author of Sea.
"Probably familial, since so many young adult novels neglect parents or siblings as well-rounded characters. There's always the cliche orphan protagonist, or better yet, the character whose parents are so clueless and/or annoying they get avoided. I don't think all parents are like that, so why should they be in YA?" - Karen Kincy, author of Other.
"Familial is hardest for me by far, even though I love to write about families. It's just so difficult to capture the amount of history a family has. In other kinds of relationships, it's much easier to show that the characters are still learning about each other as they go along. With family, you have to show people learning about each other *despite* this whole matrix of things they already knew." - Brenna Yovanoff, author of The Replacement.
"I love writing romantic relationships and I think family comes easier to me. But friendships are harder for me to write because they aren’t the main relationship focus in my books, so it’s harder to make the friendships not fall by the wayside. I do get to explore friendship more in The Lost Saint than I did in my first book." - Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine.
"I’m going to cheat and say that it depends on the characters you’re writing. Some characters have strained relationships with family but excellent friends. Some have hottie boyfriends but catty classmates. But if I must choose one, I’ll go with platonic relationships. Flirting is easy and fun to write, and family members have that whole balance-of-power thing. But writing a good, likable, loyal friend who doesn’t outshine your main character is a challenge!" - Kristin Tubb, author of Selling Hope.
Come back Thursday to find out what relationship the rest of the authors think is most difficult to write!