LP Hansen is a New Zealand based author of young adult and youth fiction. Her most recent book is The Fire Keeper’s Girls (2018).
Although I use teenage protagonists, adults also enjoy my books. As a writing genre, it’s well-established (All the Light We Cannot See, The Book Thief, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Boy in Striped Pajamas, The Secret Life of Bees). The human concerns that I and others write about – pacifism, bullying, deforestation, compassion, slavery, conservation, depression and such – impact all ages.
Teenagers are deeply involved in change, questioning cultural and social constraints as they depart childhood. They straddle the human experience with energy, simplicity and fewer boundaries. Adolescence is a complex time with latent potential ready to be influenced by violence – or by humane example. I turned to this form of writing after Socks, my story on homelessness, won the Jack Lasenby Senior Award for children’s writing (2012).