When I write YA stories, I don’t really write them for young adults. I just write them. For readers. Sure, I don’t go overboard on sex scenes, but that’s because sex scenes don’t write well. Even DH Lawrence couldn’t write them, and it’s kind of what he’s known for.
When I write YA, I just tell a story in which the protagonist happens to be maybe fifteen, sixteen years old.
I think I’ve invented a new genre: Young Protagonist books.