Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy” and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there. Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves. With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.
1. Frank, what makes you so devoted to Stella?
2. Some people think there are multiple realities. What would some of your and Stella’s alternate realities look like?
3. Stella, what happens in your mind when you get confused about things? Do you ever think about other ways your life might have turned out?
4. What do you love about Frank?
5. Frank, you were afraid that if you took Stella back to your old lives, you’d just be an old man and his batty wife. You said you are so much more than that. What do you mean by that?
Readers have also seen themselves in characters or seen their friends in the pages. Some of things they see about themselves and others make them curious, some scare them, and some offer hope. Each set of questions is followed by some websites and organizations where you might get answers. I call them “resources” for lack of a better name. But they could also be called a lifeline, a revelation, or evidence of things not seen. Don’t be afraid to look for answers.
AFATeens was founded by a teenager to help peers across the country raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, and to engage, educate, and support young people and their families who are affected by the disease. Lots of great resources at AFATeens.