"Writing in the New Adult Genre"
The funny thing about my writing career at the moment is I’m 22—I’m in the same bracket as that for the New Adult genre. I wrote my first manuscript back when I was a teenager and have been hammering away since then. But something magical happened in the latter half of 2012 that changed me.
New Adult was born into a wide audience, and I fell in love with it. My stories were great and I loved them beforehand but this new genre gave me an idea, which turned into Drowning in You. I didn’t want my characters to be young, immature and fluffy as is expected in some YA novels. But they weren’t career-driven, or motherly or such like in some Adult novels.
They were adults who still felt like teens.
I love this genre for many reasons but the main one is that I can do so much to these characters. They’re old enough to cope better with death than a 15- or 16-year old is. They can be as open to sex as they please. They can drink freely. They are starting their adult lives and trying to find direction.
This leaves tonnes of room for failure. Part of the best fiction is made up of confused, silly or unfortunate characters. They are still learning about life, love and death. About where they fit in this world.
My favourite subjects in New Adult fiction are:
self-discovery (who am I?).
This is what made me excited to write Drowning in You. When the Young Adult wave started in the 2000s, we loved reading stories that brought us back to being 16.
But when we finish school and move on in the world and really discover the beauty and harshness of being dependent, there’s something thrilling about reading books about characters in this stage of their lives. There’s just so much more depth to experience in the characters
The media says New Adult is only about sex. Sorry, that’s erotica. I wrote Drowning in You about two people finding themselves in their own lives, but together as one, falling in love.
Thanks for having me!
About Drowning in You
About Drowning in You
Crushed by a tragedy
Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.
Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.
And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.
When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.
But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.
Disclaimer: Recommended for mature readers due to sexual content and crude language.
Rebecca Berto is the author or the dark contemporary/literary novella, PRECISE and the upcoming new adult contemporary romance novel, DROWNING IN YOU. She is also a freelance editor.
She writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.
Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.
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Great post, Rebecca, and thank you for stopping by!
What do you think?
As a reader, what does New Adult open up for you?
And if you're a writer, is New Adult something you're interested in exploring?