Hi, all. I have a question for you. For my last two books, I found myself writing YA, much to my initial surprise. However, I like it a lot, and I suspect I will continue in this direction.

That said, I am aware that my knowledge of the best YA fantasy books is limited, because I have traditionally read adult. So what books would you say are absolutely essential for a YA fantasy writer to read? I am especially interested in books that have diverse characters, such as LGBT characters or those with disabilities or members of other under-represented groups. For instance, I read The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black just the other day and really enjoyed it.

Any other advice you have for a new YA author would be helpful, too!