My Kind of New Adult
So everyone knows New Adult is the thing in fiction these days. Every author on the planet seems to be scrambling to put out a NA title and for good reason: NA sells—insanely well. And NA readers are loyal—they like your book, they want another. And another. And another.
I totally hopped on the NA band wagon. For me, it was a no-brainer to make the leap from what I write under my other pen names to writing New Adult. I've written YA and I've written “young” contemporary romance—New Adult seemed to be a perfect complement to what I'd already been writing for a couple of years.
But, it's funny. As I've written more—and read more—I've come to realize that there seem to be sub-genres in the NA category; specifically, when it comes to sex.
I'm no prude. My books have sex scenes. Steamy sex scenes.
What I do not write is erotica.
How do I differentiate? I have a couple of things that trigger the difference between the two.
· The story is predominately about sex between the two (or three...or four) main characters. Honestly, I need a story that is more than sex.
· The sex in the book is over-the-top descriptive. Again, steamy sex is awesome but if I start reading about how people's body parts taste and/or kinky sex, that kind of crosses the line into erotica for me.
· The language used to describe the sex scenes is graphic. Language never bothers me—ever—but certain words have much more of an erotic connotation than others.
So there you have it.
My New Adult books have strong characters dealing with real-life issues. There is always romance and, yep, there is always sex. But mine don't stray into the erotica side of New Adult. And they probably never will.
What they do have is good characters, strong plots, snappy dialogue and steamy fun.
And I'm more than okay with that kind of New Adult.
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