Celebrating the New Year with New Adult and Molly McAdams
New Adult is currently a hot topic, everyone from librarians to publishers are clamoring to define exactly what it is and what it isn’t For some great articles that discuss New Adult read here, here and here.
What do we think? For starters we think NA could be any any age between 18 and 29. Maybe higher. We also don’t think NA is synonymous with erotica. Honestly, we’re just addicted and cannot seem to get enough. We love the romance, first mistakes, and the freedom that comes with being an adult.
But enough about what we think. Let’s chat with New Adult author Molly McAdams and see what she thinks…
What is your definition of New Adult (NA) and what makes it so sought after right now?
New Adult is all about the time in your life when you’ve just become a legal adult and are learning what it means to be an adult. It’s about the experiences we’ll have, the freedom we’ll finally taste and the lessons we’ll learn…most likely the hard way. So really, it’s all about the journey of getting to who we want to become. I think it’s so sought after by readers of all ages because we’re either coming up in that time in our life, and looking forward to it. Are currently taking that journey, or have that nostalgic feeling about that time in our life. It’s the exciting and terrifying years in everyone’s life and it’s years that no one will ever forget. Who wouldn’t want to go back to that time or prepare for it?
What are your thoughts on the Publishers Weekly Article, Anything Goes: Focus on Romance: Fall 2012, where they report , “Publishers looking for ready-made audiences are taking chances on reprinting self-published erotic romance and erotica titles,” such as your book Taking Chances. Do you consider Taking Chances erotica?
I personally do not think Taking Chances is an erotica. I was incredibly blown away that my book was even in an article, and love the publicity, especially with the company it kept. I felt very honored, but no, I don’t think it’s an erotica.
Please tell us a little about Taking Chances, and why you choose to self-publish initially.
Taking Chances is a book very much about taking chances in life and learning to live with the outcomes from our actions. We get to follow Harper as she finds herself now that she has the freedom from being with an overly strict father. And as the blurb says: One weekend can change everything. I just wrote for fun, and once it was finished kind of sat there for a minute with a “Well, what do I do now?” kind of look. The hubby and I decided there was nothing to lose by publishing and I didn’t think the book was going to take off like it did, so I self-published. I was just hoping a hundred people would read it within the first year. I was a little off.
We heard you are writing a story based on Chase’s POV. Please tell us that we won’t need tissues.
Um…I would love to tell you that, but unfortunately you’ll probably need to stock up. But I promise it’s worth it. We get to see so much that puts a whole new prospective on why Chase did a lot of the things that seemed harsh in Taking Chances, and there’s closure in Stealing Harper as well.
What can we look forward to in From Ashes? We really don’t want to cry anymore!
I can’t promise there won’t be a few sniffles, but I do promise no ugly crying in From Ashes. It’s a love triangle again, but the love going through these people is completely unlike what we saw in Taking Chances. And while Taking Chances is really focused on…well…basically the title. From Ashes focuses more on second chances in life and learning to find beauty in the ashes.
Since we’re still celebrating the New Year, what is one thing you are most looking forward to in 2013?
Honestly? Just writing more! I love writing and I love my readers. I want to get more books out to them, so I’m just excited to see what this year brings with new books.
Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach…which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she’s not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm…or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.
Molly is the author of Taking Chances and From Ashes.