Monday, May 20, 2013

Denise Grover Swank: What Makes a Story New Adult

After Math, the first book of my new Off the Subject series, is a new adult romance. New adult is a relatively new term and there’s a lot of debate as to how to define it. Young adult stories typically feature high school age protagonists, while new adult books usually consist of characters in college. Some new adult will extend past college, but it becomes a bit trickier. Some people claim new adult is YA with sex. I’ve heard new adult referenced as YA meets Fifty Shades of Grey. While you might find that type of story somewhere, that’s not what defines the majority of new adult books. That being said, sex usually occurs in new adult books, especially romances. It also is told in varying detail, but rarely fades to black. In real life, sex is an important part of the college experience. College students are legally adults and begin to have adult relationships, or at least fumble their way around them. New adult stories must focus on the main characters trying to figure out their place in the world. Young adult books also do this, but YA characters typically have their parents to fall back on. In new adult, the characters are completely on their own, fumbling around in life. Their consequences have more significant consequences. In the past few years, traditional publishers have rejected new adult literature, saying there wasn’t a market for it. Self-publishing has proven publishers wrong. To me, new adult is a natural reading progression for previous young adult readers. After reading so many first, new loves, readers matured and wanted to see characters transition from adolescence to adulthood. 

Author's Bio
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period.  Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within in two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks.  She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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Samantha March said...

Really enjoyed this post, as New Adult is becoming more and more popular!

Josie Ann said...

I really enjoy New Adult novels, and I can't wait to post my review for After Math!