Do you read the acknowledgments? If so, why?
More and more lately I've been reading the acknowledgments. I find them fascinating. A lot of times you find out something about the author, the inspiration for the book, the process of writing, and even what other authors have helped out. With young adult books, it seems like there's really a community for these authors and they help each other out a lot.
For example, recently I read The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which is about teens with natural talents who help out the FBI with cold cases involving serial killers. Really liked it, by the way. I was curious about this author because she's a psychology professor and, being a professor myself, I find it fascinating when other professors write fiction, especially YA fiction. This may be too much information, but I grew up wanting to write. And specifically wanting to write YA fiction. I wanted to be the next Judy Blume. But I discovered that I basically sucked so I gave up that dream. And now I do write for a living, but it's not fiction.
When I read the Acknowledgments to The Naturals, I found out that the author did a lot of research and specifically relied on the memoirs about an FBI profiler. I found out that she's friends with Ally Carter, Sarah Cross, Sarah Rees Brennan, Melissa Marr, and Rachel Vincent. I found out that she wrote and revised the novel during the last year of her PhD and her first year as a college professor. And I also found out that she teaches Cognitive Science of Fiction and Writing Young Adult Fiction classes. All of this is so interesting to me!
So, what about you? Do you read the acknowledgments? Ever come across something you thought was interesting?
Posted by: Pam