Guest Post from Laura Howard – Author of The Forgotten Ones

April 3, 2013 Guest Post, Promotional Post, Spotlight 1

I’d like to welcome Laura Howard to Have Book Will Read today. Laura is here to talk to us about  a genre I LOVE, New Adult.

So without further ado, it’s over to Laura!

Why is New Adult So Hot?

When I began writing, I didn’t realize there were certain rules authors had to follow in order to sell their books to publishers. Like many writers, I was writing the story in my mind for myself.

As the story progressed, I began researching the publishing world. I was disheartened to learn that protagonists in the age range(21-23)  I was writing were viewed as non-sellers by publishers. I was told to lower the ages of my characters, which just didn’t work for the story I wanted to tell.

I had been reading a lot of YA fiction, inspired by the Twilight Saga. At the end of the series, the characters were on the cusp of adulthood. I liked that age.

It seems I wasn’t the only one. Writers started self- publishing novels in this age-range because they couldn’t sell them to the publishing houses.

And it turns out readers were LOVING them. Beautiful Disaster and Easy were killing it on the best-sellers list.

So, why is New Adult so hot?

What an amazing age range 18-23 is! You aren’t a kid anymore, but you aren’t really an adult anymore. You get a taste of independence, but you still have that longing to sneak back into your mother’s arms when the world is unfair.

The biggest draw of New Adult for me is the fiery intensity of emotions —  all emotions. Love, lust, greed, anger. They aren’t as undefined and wild as YA emotions, but they are just as acute.

Contrary to what some critics say, New Adult is not just about sex. That certainly has been a draw, but it goes deeper than that. It’s about the search for the ultimate experiences: sex, love, careers, vacations and everything in between.

Young Adult fiction hasn’t been replaced, but there is a bridge being built for readers who want the freshness of  a YA novel with the more mature situations of an adult story

Cover Reveal - The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

About The Forgotten Ones …

Allison O’Malley just graduated from college. Her life’s plan is to get a job and take care of

her schizophrenic mother. She doesn’t have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants to be more than friends.

When Allison’s long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

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