Many authors have transitioned from adult fiction to young adult or children’s books recently. We caught up with author Maile Meloy to find out how she made the transition and find advice for other writers.

Meloy will publish her debut children’s book, The Apothecary, on October 4th. The Apothecary was written for a middle-grade audience. Meloy (pictured, via) built her career with two novels and two short story collections for adults.

Q: What advice do you have for authors looking to make the transition from writing for an adult audience to a middle-grade audience?
A: Make interesting stuff happen. I want that from books for adults, too, but I think kids are even more demanding than adults about plot—about what happens next. I also think there’s no need to write down for a younger audience, or to leave out words that seem hard. Kids are smart.

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