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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Interview:

Why do you write/ support New Adult fiction?

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!




About the the Author:

“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 …”

- Lynn Rush

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  1. Excellent interview Victoria. Thanks for sharing this snippet of your writing life with us Lynn. Your books sound fascinating, and are now on my reading list; looking forwards to diving into them soon.

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  2. Thanks for having me here!!! Love talking New Adult...not to mention angels, demons and guardians!!! :)

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  3. @Clare

    Thanks, Clare. Have a SUPER day, and I hope you enjoy the stories!

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  4. Thanks for coming by for the interview, Lynn! & excellent interview & questions, Victoria.

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  5. Awesome, Lynn and Victoria! Thanks for sharing a bit of your story with us, Lynn!

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  6. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway. :D

    (Also, I'm so happy I stumbled across this blog... I love NA books but had been having trouble finding some!)

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  7. Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Lynn!
    We really appreciate it!

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  8. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I like writing in the male POV too. ;)

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  9. This was an awesome interview - thanks for it, Victoria, and thanks for being an NA pioneer, Lynn! :)

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  10. Wow - what a great interview! Not only did I enjoy reading it, but I learned a few things that will benefit my writing. Woot! :)

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  11. @Juliana Haygert Thanks, Juliana. I love talking NA, so I'm happy to be here sharing my story. :)

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  12. @Nicola Hi, Nicola. Glad you're here. This is a GREAT blog to chat all things NA! Thanks for coming by!!

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  13. @lgkelso YOU BET!! Happy to be here. Exciting times ahead for NA!!!

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  14. @Summer Lane Thanks, Summer Lane! I love your name, by the way!!! I'm thankful my publisher was willing to pub SIX books in the NA category. It's super exciting. :)

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  15. @Melissa Awesome, Melissa. I'm glad to help.

    If you all have any questions, feel free to put them here, I'll be around all day. Love chatting NA!

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  16. @Sharon Bayliss Hi, Sharon. THANKS!! Yeah, there's just something about the male POV that intrigues me!! :)

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  17. @bailey m kelsey Hi, Bailey!! Thanks for hanging out with us today!!!

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  18. Thanks so much for appearing on the blog, today, Lynn! Your interview was fab!

    BTW - I'm sending in my submission for your Midnight Violet cover contest in the next day or so. What a cool idea!

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  19. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway

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  20. @Jaycee DeLorenzo Awesome, Jaycee!!! How exciting. Best of luck! Thanks for stopping by the blog!! :)

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  21. @Mirela You're most welcome, Mirela!! Have a super day!

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  22. Great interview. I look forward to reading this series. Your book covers are intriguing.

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  23. @Natasha Hanova Thanks, Natasha! Yes, along with taking a chance on New Adult, my publisher tried different types of covers--they don't look like romance, but they do have something to do with the stories...I think they turned out pretty well!! :) The feather...that's my fave :)

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  24. Very interesting. I didn't even think about the difference between how much men and women talk until you mentioned it. Then I realized that my female characters tend to talk a lot more than my male ones. Bizarre. @_@ Also, I'm a man who tends to like writing from a female POV, so it's good to see others in the same boat, or at least sailing the same sea.

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  25. @Mason T. Matchak Hi, Mason. True that! When I started paying attention to how the males and females differ in the communication department...WOW. Eyes opened. But I love it. :) Yep, we're in the same SEA!!!!! :) Thanks for dropping by!

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  26. I'm really glad you never gave up writing what you wanted to just because publishers couldn't find a genre to put your work in. Honestly, I don't like idea of genre-placement when it comes to age groups, but I guess it makes sense if you compare really adult content to children's stuff. Saying a book is adult will prevent those who are too young from reading a story with content not suitable for them. But this could get really complicated and I'm getting off-topic from what I meant to say so: What I'm really glad about is that you persisted until this new genre and age group came into being. That is dedication at its finest :)
    Also, a lot of what I write is a mix between YA and adult, and I never wanted to have to censor certain things just to fit into one age group or age characters to fit into another.

    You were the first author who brought to light 'new adult' to me, which I'm very grateful for. And I haven't even read your books yet :S I've just been following you on your blog and Twitter and Facebook and goodreads (oh dear, this sounds stalkerish, haha) since reading the synopsis to Wasteland. Hehe. My to-read list is long, but whether or not I win this contest, I will be reading your Wasteland series soon! And I am looking forward to it :)

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  27. Thanks everyone for stopping by today and Lynn thank you so much for coming. It was so great to have you and thanks for being a NA pioneer with your stellar books :D

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  28. @Courtney N. Hi, Courtney. Thanks for your comment. I'm a firm believer in following your heart--in the end things work out. Thanks for your kind words!!! :)

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  29. @twentysomethingfictionwriter You bet!! It's been super fun!!!! Love what you guys are doing here! :)

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  30. If you can find a copy of Harrison Ford being interviewed on Inside the Actors Studio, you'll get an idea of how to cut down words for men.

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  31. "Especially those who are looking for something in between the sweetness of YA and the intense steam of Adult romances." was my favorite part of the whole interview. I really do hope NA takes off, and thanks for keeping at it!

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  32. @Mark Murata Hi, Mark!! Thanks for this reference!!

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  33. @Leeanna Thanks, Leeanna. I think NA is a long time coming and will take off. It might start with the smaller publishers, like CMP, but they bought six of my NA books, so I do think people are starting to take notice of this category. All in good time. :) Thanks for your support!

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  34. Hey, Lynn. Great to see you here.

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  35. Wow, this is awesome, came here via a link Jessica Park posted on fb, what a great blog, happy to follow, my fav genre! Nice interview, and Lynn, will def be checking out your books! Thanks!

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  36. @Ciara Hi, Ciara. THANKS!! Good to see you here, too! : )

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  37. @Fred LeBaron HI, Fred. Glad you found us. NA rocks!! I'm super excited that's a genre you're liking, because it's taking over the airwaves for sure! Thanks for your support.

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  38. Its very cool that your publisher took that leap and is helping to build the NA market - extra cool that is started with your book!

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  39. I absolutely adore Lynn! I'm so glad we were able to have her over. :D

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  40. Wasteland is a terrific read and I can't wait to read the others!

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  41. @Nicki Elson Hi, Nicki. I know, right? CMP jumped in with both feet!!! Love it!! :)

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  42. @Carrie Butler Thanks so much, Carrie!!! Love this blog. It's just what we need in the NA world. ;)

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  43. @Brinda Thank you so much, Brinda. I'm really glad you enjoyed the story. One more in the trilogy to go.....and it's with Super Editor now. :) **woot**

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  44. Great Interview, I just won a ecopy of Wasteland and I loved it!!!

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  45. This is an awesome interview. It's good to hear about how a new adult author came to be where they were and pluses/downsides to writing the genre. This giveaway is wicked! Fingers crossed!

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  46. @Jalisa Hi, Jalisa!!!! :) Thanks for swinging by. It's nice to know you. :)

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