Young Adult Book Launch
Join us for this for our Live Launch of the Fire Within The Storm.
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11H30: New York (GMT-4)
16H30: London (GMT+1)
17H30: Paris (GMT+2)
03H30: Canbera (GMT+10)
Meet the Author
Kim Vermaak is a young adult medieval fantasy author. Her superpower is to craft stories that not only transport her readers into the hearts and worlds of the characters she creates, but also to create a culture of wisdom.
Although Kim always had a pen in her hand, whether doodling, writing or planning, it was not until South Africa had its first load shedding that she discovered the power of her stories. When the lights went out, it was winter and she and her family found themselves unprepared. With no candles or gas cooker, and a frightened daughter, she used her words to inspire courage.
Young Adult Novel
If you don’t yet know what young adult fiction is, you are not alone. I only found out what the category was when I started writing. I started reading what most people would refer to as adult books when I was in my teens. Back then, adult meant something different to what we now consider "adult".
Still, confused? I don’t blame you. Here is what a more formal definition is of the Young Adult genre.
Young adult fiction (YA) is a category of fiction written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age. While we target the genre to adolescents, approximately half of YA readers are adults. The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist.
So let’s have a look at our protagonist in The Fire Within the Storm. The main character is Nadine. In book 1 she is around 16 years of age. In medieval Europe, Gratian, the influential founder of Canon law in the twelfth century, accepted the traditional age of puberty for marriage (between 12 and 14). So what we now consider being an adolescent in medieval times would have been an age where a teen was mature enough to make some adult decisions.
While Nadine is of the age of consent, she still is very much a child at heart. She has an adventurous spirit and has not yet learned to curb her impulses. But it is when her family is taken hostage in book 1 that this “young adult’s” strength emerges. Book one introduces a group of characters who will form a core part of Nadine’s team of support. However, in book 1 Nadine is driven by one core goal and that is to retrieve her family.
In the Fire Within the Storm, Nadine realises that life is not simple and that she has stepped into a complex plot of suspense, politics, warfare and power that could cost her everything she holds dear. Whatever shreds of childhood Nadine may have clung to, is ripped away as she realises that her choices are no longer her own. She can not escape her destiny and slip away into obscurity. This book challenges us to redefine what we believe is right and wrong and thrusts the reader into the minds of those who face impossible choices. You can not walk away from this young adult fiction read book without questioning your own prejudices. If you are looking for Christian Fantasy Novel, this clean read fits the bill of having the complexity of the Game of Thrones with the moral fibre of Francine Rivers. So step into a world of intrigue, Kings, Queens, dragons, loyalty and betrayal and choose which side will you stand with.