I’ve been writing under the pen name Carrie-Anne since May of ’93, when I was 13 years old. My young adult books are in the same genre as my adult books, 20th century historical fiction. I put querying on hold for about a decade, and over the past year I’ve belatedly been converting and reformatting all the manuscripts I first wrote on now-obsolete file formats.
I have several connected YA series set in a rather unusual Atlantic City neighborhood starting in 1938, and eventually branching out to a number of other locations and including an alternate story trajectory of the characters’ European peers. The Europeans are connected to the AC characters through a family that immigrated at the start of the first book, and they just branched off into more characters from there. Most of these young Shoah survivors move to AC after the War, and their storylines come together at that point. I like the idea of showing how, while these American kids think they have it hard with wartime rationing, annoying parents and siblings, etc., their European counterparts are just trying to survive and then relearn how to be a part of the human race.