Anyone who follows my blog knows I love to host themed guest blog series. It’s great to hear what everyone else is working on, as well as share writing tips, path to publication stories, thoughts on genre misconceptions, reader expectations, and even engage in a bit of prognosticating. Since January, I’ve hosted 15 authors who write New Adult books. For anyone who missed any of the wonderful posts, here’s a final list including links and topics. I’m very grateful to each and every one of them for participating!

  1. Summer Lane (Post-Apocalyptic NA Romantic Adventure)
  2. Jaycee Delorenzo (Effect of Self-Publishing on the Emerging New Adult Genre)
  3. Juliana Haygert (Staying True to Your Character and Your Voice)
  4. Carrie Butler (Addressing Misconceptions in NA)
  5. Karen Duvall (Are the New Adult Years More Formative Than Adolescence?)
  6. Bethany Lopez (Self-Publishing Tips from the SoCal Writers Conference)
  7. Shona Husk (The Character’s Journey in NA Novels)
  8. Allison Rushby (Breaking Into E-Serials)
  9. Katie Teller (Researching Ancient Egypt)
  10. Juliette Springs (“Darker Side of Romance“)
  11. Molly Zenk (Path to Publication for 90 Cats and No Litter Box in Sight)
  12. Lynn Rush (CMP’s Flagship NA Author)
  13. Piper Shelly (Secondary Characters)
  14. Theresa McClinton (YA PNR/Ancient Maya)
  15. J.M. Bray (How Writing is Like Racing)

New Adult is About Potential

To me, the one word that sums up New Adult fiction — both in terms of its characters and the future of all writers who write these types of stories — is potential. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more and more about books featuring characters ages 18-25 as this category of fiction matures. And, in time, its identity will solidify and readers will no longer question what it is or what it might become. It will have achieved those things. But, for now, I think one of the neatest things about New Adult fiction is that both the concept and the characters have enormous potential. Potential is different from ambition. Different than experience. Potential is like having a fully charged battery. Anything seems possible. As it grows up, I hope this newly emerging category of fiction will give readers an opportunity not just to be entertained, but also to be moved and to think. I hope it will give us characters who feel intensely and do extreme things. Characters who make mistakes, but who learn and grow. It’s hard to imagine a more fertile ground in which a writer could play. During the post-adolescent years, we face some of the most significant, life-defining choices we will ever make: where we will work, who we will marry, whether we will have children, where we will live, and how we will live. We will decide who we are, what we stand for, and what we believe in. Some of those decisions are reversible; some are not. But all are life-altering. And huge growth arcs make for great storytelling.

Dark Light of Day is New Adult

Fiery Edge of Steel… isn’t

(but it still has great potential 😀 )

Last month, NA Alley listed Dark Light of Day under their speculative NA recommended reads list. I was thrilled to hear it because I think it belongs there. Noon Onyx, the main character, is a 21 year-old post grad magic user who faces not just demons but also a crushing course schedule, overbearing professors, her first real romantic relationship, and a self-identity crises. The voice is also fairly youthful too. If you like a YA voice, the style that Dark Light of Day is written in will probably appeal to you. That said, Fiery Edge of Steel, the next book in the series, is not New Adult fiction. The question that Noon faces in the second book is not one that is typically faced by twenty-somethings. And, probably of lesser importance but still worth mentioning, the second book isn’t set on a university campus. So what can readers expect from Fiery Edge of Steel? Fantasy, of course! Expect demons, magic, and a few surprises. Expect some romantic elements (Ari Carmine is Noon’s field partner), a bit of mystery (what’s really going on in The Shallows, the remote outpost that Noon and Ari are sent to?), and a few scenes set in New Babylon and St. Luck’s (I wouldn’t want readers to miss those places too much!)

Thanks, everyone, for following along during the New Adult guest blog series. Very soon, I’ll be posting details about my next series: SPRING INTO SUMMER ROMANCE!

Jill Archer's Dark Light of DayJill Archer's Fiery Edge of Steel