This week, we’re talking with Shaun David Hutchinson about editing YA anthologies. His most recent work is Feral Youth, which published earlier this month. This isn’t his only anthology though — more details below!
Your Anthology’s Name: Feral Youth
I fell in love with The Canterbury Tales in college. I love, not just Chaucer’s writing, but the way he uses the stories his characters tell, as well as the interactions between the characters, to reveal their prejudices and fears and things they might not just come right out and say. Inspired by that, I wanted to create an anthology that revealed truths about a really diverse group of teens written by a talented group of diverse authors. The story of at-risk teens at an “Outward Bound” type camp was really inspired a lot by current events and with meeting teens from marginalized groups who expressed a powerful desire to see themselves in stories. I was also definitely inspired by the 2016 election when I sat down to write the frame story. I’d already had the direction I wanted to go before that happened, but the election changed the tone of what I ended up writing.
What steps did you take from idea to proposal?