Happy Wednesday All,
Lately I've been talking a lot about my New Adult Paranormal Romance Trilogy that is going to start releasing this June. I've gotten several questions about this and the NA genre and about the new story, so I'm going to answer some of those questions:
What is New Adult (NA)?
Based on what I've seen and heard, the genre is exactly as the name suggests: The characters are new adults. They are typically in the age range of 18 to 25, facing new adult situations.
Why did you write an NA novel?
Well, that's kind of a funny story. My critique partner was the first person to suggest it to me. Originally she suggested YA, but I found my writing ended up being a New Adult.
I also challenged myself to write third person, past tense (the way most novels are written) as opposed to first person, present tense (which is how I wrote All's Fair In Love & Lion). One thing led to another and the Immortal Dreams Trilogy came into being.
Will you write more Romance novels?
I hope to. It's definitely on my list of things to write. I mean I've been talking about wanting to finish Loralyn's story, right? (Loralyn Xavier is a character in All's Fair In Love & Lion). I'm also thinking of another story to take place in the Third Realm. And yes, the plan is for Sasha and Monroe to make cameo appearances--although the stories won't be primarily about them.
What is the Immortal Dreams Trilogy about?
It's about Laney Alberts and Erich Magnus. Laney is a show tune lover (but don't underestimate her!) and Erich is all about rock n' roll (but he's also full of surprises). Yes, it's set it modern times, although that's not really a big aspect in the novel.
I loved writing these characters. Their personalities were a lot of fun. I'm really excited about Book 1 coming out this Summer. My publisher said to me "I think it will appeal to a wide range of readers." Which I really do hope is true. I poured my heart into this story and had a lot of fun with it. I got to pull from my love of Greek/Roman Mythology and do some re-imagining, too. I haven't written a novel where I was able to do these things, and so I was excited to be able to.
Was it hard to write in the NA genre?
Writing in the New Adult genre freshened me up as an author. I had to get away from the Third Realm for a bit--my brain needed a break. I also discovered I really enjoy writing this way. I went back to a novel I've been working on for about 5 years and made it over into an New Adult. I can't wait to finish that novel.
As with any story, there have been good days and bad days. It doesn't matter what genre you write. There are going to be times the story works well and times you think it's not working at all. It just depends on the story and the day.
The thing with writing is, you have to take the good and bad together. You can't just think it's all going to be hearts and flowers all the time. There's tough critiques, rejection letters, and tough reviews. But then there are the times the story just seems to pour from you, people who tell you how much they enjoy your work, and times you get awesome feedback that
makes you want to get up and do a happy dance.
Whatever genre I'm writing in, there are days I'm happy with it and days it can be a struggle. However, I'm passionate about writing and reading, so I keep going, which is good. If you're going to be a professional writer you have to have a passion for it. It can't be a hobby.
Do you have any questions for me? Put them in the comments below and I'll respond in the comment section.
Have A Wonderfully Winsome Wednesday!