INTERVIEW: Sara Barnard on Mental Health in YA and Beautiful Broken Things

INTERVIEW: Sara Barnard on Mental Health in YA and Beautiful Broken Things

In Freudian Script, we love to hear how authors tackle the accurate and sensitive portrayal of mental health problems in fiction. Sara Barnard, author of Young Adult novel Beautiful Broken Things, tells us her tale. What led you to explore issues of mental health in Beautiful Broken Things? I was interested in the aftermath of trauma and violence, and how these experiences can affect young people as they grow and develop. In a lot of cases, unfortunately, people recovering from past pain go on to struggle with their mental health. It struck me that we don't see much of this in YA fiction - stories tend to focus on the traumatic event itself and not what comes next - and I wanted to change that in a very small way with the book I wrote. I was also aware of how mental health is so often used as The Big Issue in YA, as if it is the defining feature of a...
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GUEST POST: Second Thoughts: Writing The Next Novel In A Series by Lucy V Hay

I am delighted to welcome Lucy to Swords and Lattes for our first guest post. Her screenwriting advice is always practical and rooted in years of industry experience. Recently, she has turned her talent to novelling and, while in the grips of my sequel writing, I thought it would be great to explore another writer's point of view on wrestling with the agony of writing The Next Book. Without further ado: If you’ve ever written a novel, you’ll know it’s a painfully frustrating, isolating and generally miserable experience. It’s also like winning the lottery and all your millions are delivered in molten chocolate (or whatever is *your* fave, all the choc’s mineallminegetyerhandsoff). It’s a weird thing, novel writing. You spend all your time wading through soul treacle, desperate to write THE END … And then you DO and you feel like your child has left home – those painstaking, slo-mo years rushed by so fast! – and then you burst into tears. So, really:...
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