What is New Adult? Cora Carmack author of LOSING IT answers

New AdultNew 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 herehere 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 Cora Carmack and see what she thinks…


New Adult (NA) is currently a hot and heavily debated topic, can you give us your thoughts on what is NA and what it isn’t?

New Adult straddles the line between Young Adult and Adult literature. There comes a point where you’re ready to read something that’s a little more mature—in content, voice, and perspective—but you aren’t necessarily ready to jump from reading about 16 year-olds to 30-year-old women who have steady jobs and know exactly who they are. Life doesn’t skip over the messy in-between, so why should books? To me, New Adult is about characters who are expanding their wings, exploring new freedoms that age has brought them, and learning that being an adult is far from the glamorous “when I grow up” picture that we all have as children. Most of the debate centers around whether or not it is sustainable or necessary as a genre. There’s been much talk about how it would work in bookstores in the like. Those are all excellent questions, but to me the only thing that matters is: are there people out there who want to read this kind of book? And judging by the numerous self-published best-sellers in this category, I’d say that is obvious.

losing it by cora carmack

You’ve joined the ranks of so many self-pub’d authors picked up by a Big 6, how has the transition been?
The transition has been wonderful for me. As exciting as the freedom that comes with self-publishing is, I always knew I wanted to be with a traditional publisher. Being an accomplished self-publisher is hard. It takes so much time and energy and talent to go it all alone. I was willing to do that because I thought it was the best way to get LOSING IT out into the world, but I’m so happy that I can now share the work with the very talented people at William Morrow.
Let’s talk Bliss, your main character from Losing It – first, where did you get the name Bliss? We love the name.
God, I wish I knew. Her full name (Bliss Edwards) just popped into my head one day. I remember choosing names for the other characters like Garrick and Cade (who was originally Wade, actually). But when I think about Bliss’s name, I draw a blank. She knew who she was, so I as the author knew it , too. It was as simple as that.

Bliss does some pretty hilariously awkward things throughout the story, which we think is adorable. Do you think that awkwardness is what your readers will find relatable about Bliss?
I think so, yes. Girls like Bliss usually show up in books as secondary characters—the quirky best friend. It was important to me to give that girl her own story. Mostly because I identify with her myself. I feel like most heroines are either shy and sensitive or bold and confident. I’ve always fallen somewhere in between and off to the left. And I don’t think I’m alone in that. I’ve had a lot of readers reach out to me and thank me for writing a heroine with whom they could identify. And it means so very much to hear that.

What is one thing you are most looking forward to in 2013?
I’m really looking forward to seeing LOSING IT in paperback. There are plenty of days when all of this still doesn’t feel real. But the day that I get to walk into a bookstore, and see my book on the shelves, well, I’ll probably pull a Bliss and do something embarrassing like faint or have a panic attack. But it will be the best fainting spell and/or panic attack EVER.

L I G H T N I N G   R O U N D
Star Wars or Star Trek? Don’t kill me, but I’ve never seen either.
Downton Abbey or Dr. Who? Downton Abbey
Hard Metal or Pop? Pop
Romance or Erotica? Romance
Bikini or one piece? Bikini
Favorite book from childhood? Harry Potter, hands down. But I also REALLY loved The Dark is Rising series.
Last book you read that made you blush? Probably one of J Lynn’s Gamble Brothers Books
Last book you read in one sitting? Unravel Me by Taherah Mafi (I got lucky and got an ARC. It was so good I considered reading it TWICE in one sitting).
Pancakes or waffles? Waffles, the Belgian kind with sugar in the middle. YUM.

What are you reading now? *prepares Kindle to download immediately!*
Well, I’m hard at work on edits for Cade’s Book right now, so I’ve not had much time to read, but here are a few that are on my list for when life slows down:
Start-Up by Sadie Hayes
Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker
From Ashes by Molly McAdams
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout (CAN’T WAIT)

(That might have been a bit overkill, but what can I say? Books get me excited).

We just love Cora’s engergy, thanks for answering our questions and all the great NA book suggestions!!

cora carmackCora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too.
Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Find Cora on twitter / blog  / facebook

Buy LOSING IT on Amazon / B&N

One Response to “What is New Adult? Cora Carmack author of LOSING IT answers”

  1. Kassiah says:

    Great interview! I love New Adult, loved Losing It, and I love Tempting the Best Man by J Lynn–great choice.

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