Hey, all! Victoria here, and I have a special treat for everyone this Monday! We have an interview with New Adult Author Lynn Rush. She has written the Wasteland Series, which I can highly recommend because I read Wasteland, book one of the series, last month and it blew me away. It's an excellent New Adult read full of action, adventure, and a great love story! Lynn's a huge advocate of the New Adult category in fiction and is also offering a giveaway of all three of her books in the series at the end of the interview to our readers :D
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I’ve always felt the twenty-something crowd has been ignored. When I first started writing I was told my characters were too old for YA and too young for Adult. Then the romance in my novels was too sweet for Adult and too intense for YA. I never seemed to fit in **LOL** But I always thought: What about the person who wants something “in the middle” like me? So, I figured I’d keep writing it and see what happens. Twenty-six books later…I’m still writing.
What are some common struggles that you run into when writing New Adult characters?
The characters come fine for me, the main problem I had was people accepting it. I, again, ran into resistance to their ages—where do they fit in? With Wasteland and Awaited I got a little slack because the characters were centuries old, “how’s that NA?” Well, the steam level is “in the middle” like NA, but also, my supporting characters are younger, too. And though my main characters range from nineteen years old to eleven hundred in the Wasteland Trilogy, they all look the “twenty-something” age. Clear as mud? **LOL**
In your paranormal romance, Wasteland, the book is told from the point of view of David, a half demon/ half human. What are some of your favorite things about writing from a male POV?
Men are awesome. So different than females, really. I read a stat once, let’s see if I can remember it: Females say like, 20,000 words in a day compared to men who speak a mere 7,000 words. That just amazes me!! To try and write a male character with that statistic in mind was a fun, exciting and sometimes frustrating adventure. But I did it for all three books (Tainted is book three—releases early 2013) and loved it. Another thing I love about writing the male POV was how visual they are. I had to remember that while describing thing. Men are very insightful! Sure, they don’t verbalize everything, but they register almost everything on a visual level. So that was super fun.
What kind of music do you like to listen to when writing?
Sure does vary. I have a few staples such as Skillet, RED, Seether, P!nk. Depends on the scene, my mood and my characters. I have playlists for Wasteland and Awaited on my site if you want to check them out. I have a lot of action in my novels, so the hard rock really helps those scenes flow with its edginess and energy!
What are some of your favorite New Adult books that you could recommend to our readers?
Some might be classified YA or Upper YA but here are a few: TASTE, by Kate Evangelista, Summerland, by Elizabeth Cheryl. I’m hearing Slammed, by Colleen Hoover is pretty good—I haven’t read it yet, but I’m going to have to check that one out for sure. There aren’t a ton out there, so I’m working my way through them as I find them.
What do you see happening in the future for New Adult fiction?
I think people are going to see how appealing it is. Especially those who are looking for something in between the sweetness of YA and the intense steam of Adult romances. I’m so honored to be partnered with a publisher who took the leap and developed their New Adult line starting with my novel, Wasteland. I think it’s only the beginning. There’s a need for NA and we’re ready to deliver it!
Thank you so much, Victoria, for having me here. I’m really glad you enjoyed reading Wasteland. I’m super excited about the Wasteland Trilogy and upcoming Violet Night Trilogy, which begins releasing in October! New Adult is taking the world by storm. I’m so excited!
Thanks for joining us over here at NA Alley, Lynn! Everyone don't forget to enter the giveaway below and check out Lynn's great reads!
“When I started out on this writing journey, it felt like such a far away dream. I constantly asked myself, ‘Really? Me? A writer?’ Then when I was published I still asked, ‘Really? Me? An author?’ Along the way things inspired me, obstacles shot up, and doors both opened and closed…but through my faith, family, and friends, I found motivation to continue on my dream - dreams of something bigger than all of us. Whether it’s writing, music, dancing …”
About the the Author:
- Lynn Rush