A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an evening author event featuring Denise Vega, author of books for children, tweens, and teens, at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio. One of the things that I found most interesting is that several young people attended to hear her speak and to ask perceptive questions about her writing experience, but also about writing in general. I had the distinct feeling I was in the company of several future authors.
According to Denise, she was interested in writing from a very early age. Her first story, The Laziness of Peter Rabbit, was written when she was about twelve. You can actually see this story, with its artwork, on her website.
Denise's most recent books for each age group are:
Children: Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? This book deals with aging in a question and answer format between a young girl and her grandmother.
Tweens: Access Denied (and Other Eighth-Grade Error Messages). The continuation of Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived the Seventh Grade), computer whiz Erin Swift deals with her first boyfriend, first break-up, and a multitude of other life problems.
Teens: Facts of Life #31. The trials and tribulations of teenager Katima Flynn who works for her midwife mom.
Facts of Life #31 tied for the win of Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award in YA Fiction. This is notable enough in itself, but Denise mentions on her website that the author who shared that win was Wick Downing (The Trials of Kate Hope), who is a member of Denise's critique group. Facts of Life #31 also won the CAL Award for Young Adult Literature.
Although she does not have a blog at this time, Denise posts to a journal on her website about once a month, where she documents her progress on her newest book.