Why I Write for Tweens and Teens


Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m Lisa Orchard the author of the bestselling “Super Spies Series” and I’m here today to share with you why I write for tweens and teens.

First of all, I love this age group. Some of my best memories in my life are from my own teen years. It’s a special time when everything is new and exciting. There are many “first times” during these years, first dances, first kisses, and first dates and I enjoy writing about these experiences.

I also like writing thrillers and mysteries. When I was a teen I loved a great mystery and I always had my nose in a book. So it wasn’t a big stretch when I started writing thrillers and combined strong friendships with solving crimes.

In my opinion, having a group of kids that are heroes is important for our young readers. It gives them someone to emulate. However, my characters don’t always make the right decisions. This is important too, because I want my readers to see the mistakes my characters make and learn the lessons right along with them. I also want my readers to see that we can survive our mistakes and not take them so hard. We learn more from our mistakes than we do our successes, wouldn’t you agree?

Since the teen years are filled with a lot of “firsts” it’s imperative that we give them positive role models. These are the years when they start testing their wings and make their own decisions. If we give them characters that have to suffer the consequences of their actions, they’ll realize that they too must deal with their own consequences and hopefully will make better choices.

The Super Spies series are stories with loveable characters that make mistakes, learn from them, and save the day. Below are the covers and blurbs along with the buy links. The stories are exciting and will keep your teen reading and away from social media and the TV. 🙂

Thanks for reading my post. I’d love to hear about your teen years! Were they filled with angst, or do you have funny memories that you wouldn’t trade for the world? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!


The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer 500x750In a small town in Michigan, fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman and what’s worse? One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death.

Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own investigation. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the investigation. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer.

Or die trying…


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TheSuperSpiesandtheHighSchoolBomber 500x750This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?


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TheSuperSpiesandthePiedPiper 500x750Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?


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20111210_ABS_1296[1]Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on books by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first published works are the “Super Spies Series.” These stories revolve around a group of friends who form their own detective squad and the cases they solve. “The Starlight Chronicles,” is the next series that Lisa created with musical misfit, Lark Singer as her main character.

Lisa resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series along with a few new ideas that may turn into stand-alone novels. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

You can find her at these social media sites:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Orchard/328536613877060?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lisaorchard1?lang=en

Website:  http://www.lisaorchard.com/

20 thoughts on “Why I Write for Tweens and Teens

  1. Lisa, I just love the covers of your books! They look like wonderful reads. I’m tempted to read a few YAs this fall. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at writing a YA, but I’m not so sure I’d know where to start. Great meeting you here!

    1. Oh thankd Christina! I love the covers too! If you do read a few, keep in mind that they’re written for the Upper Middle grade-lower YA age range. 🙂 I don’t want you to feel disappointed if you figure out the mystery early. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it!

  2. Wonderful and honest post, Lisa! Tweens say (and do) the darnedest things! Yes, the best teacher is experience, hands down! It’s too bad we have to scrape our knees in the process, though! Hugs!

  3. I always told my kids, and the soccer teams I’ve coached over the years, that mistakes are good things because they give us opportunities to learn. It’s only when we make the same ones over and over that mistakes become a problem.

  4. I’m so glad you do write exciting books for tweens–especially that star girls! My tween daughter is a very reluctant reader, and finding something that makes her feel grown-up while she’s reading is a big deal.

  5. Thanks for your post, Lisa! I also write for tweens and teens and agree with all your reasons for doing so. I love them as an audience, and always love to hear their ideas and opinions.

  6. Lots of great points in this post, Lisa. Glad to hear those were happy years for you. And for Michelle, too. You couldn’t pay me a million bucks to be that age again. Full of angst and awkwardness!

  7. Great post, Lisa! And I couldn’t agree more— on all your points. Teens do need positive role models. If in doubt, watch some of the television shows for their target audience, and read (un-named) popular young adult book series. I especially hate portrayals of teenage girls. Her world revolving around (usually) a bad boy, while the world itself is in peril (Come on! Get priorities straight!), behaving like a club-going twenty-one-year-old, plagued with insecurity (because of the bad boy, of course ). And if she is strong, she is usually pissy. Ok. Apologies for the rant, but I really do hate how females are normally portrayed in fiction and film. A lot.

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