Continuing with our New Adult Stars week (scroll down to see the Jennifer Echols, Monica Murphy, and Abbi Glines interviews), we have Allison Rushby on the blog today!

Allison is the author of a new adult e-serial put out by Big Six publisher St. Martin's Press called The Heiresses. This is an amazing historical NA set in the roaring twenties about a set of triples who go on a mad dash to fight for their inheritance.

I met Allison on Goodreads last year and she is such an awesome cheerleader for new adult! She's going to be discussing NA, her publishing method, and has offered some stellar swag themed from her e-serial.

Now, for the interview:

Why do you write New Adult?

I think it's just a fascinating time in life -- a time that's difficult to bridge and often scarier than any other change you've been through. You don't necessarily feel like an adult, but you have sudden adult responsibilities (working, studying in the kind of way where no-one cares if you go to classes or not, maybe being a parent if you have children early…). Everyone has a different experience and everyone deals with that experience differently. There are endless story-telling opportunities!

Why did you choose traditional publishing via agent and publisher to publish your work? Did you run into any roadblocks while querying your college-aged protagonists?

The Heiresses was a bit of a different publishing experience for me as my agent approached me and mentioned St Martin's Press was actively looking for New Adult ideas that could work in serial form. I had the basis of an historical idea that I'd been thinking about for years and the timing was great as Downton Abbey (set in a similar time period) was really taking off. Thus, The Heiresses began to take shape very, very quickly, without any roadblocks whatsoever. I'd love to say all my ideas pull off so easily, but unfortunately that's not quite true (I sold my first chick-lit novel out of the slush pile and agent-less in 2000 and have many a manuscript in my bottom drawer)!

Allison :-)
You write historical New Adult. Can you tell us more about your genre and why you chose to write New Adult characters within that story world?

As it happens, when I first had the idea for what would become The Heiresses, there was no such term as New Adult. The idea itself meant that the story required three 18-ish year-old heroines (they needed to be able to inherit money, be of marriageable age, live away from home and be generally young and fabulous in 1920s London etc.), so it simply happened to fall into the New Adult genre naturally. As for the world, I've always adored reading about London in the 1920s and it's a perfect fit for the New Adult genre -- the years between WWI and WWII were a very heady, unstable time to be young in England, with death looming and a 'live for the moment' motto.

Thanks for stopping by NA Alley, Allison!

About the Author:

Having failed at becoming a ballerina with pierced ears (her childhood dream), Allison Rushby instead began a writing career as a journalism student at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Within a few months she had slunk sideways into studying Russian. By the end of her degree she had learned two very important things: that she wasn't going to be a journalist; and that there are hundreds of types of vodka and they're all pretty good. After several years spent whining about how hard it would be to write a novel, she finally tried writing one and found it was quite an enjoyable experience. Since then, she has had nine novels published. She keeps up her education by sampling new kinds of vodka on a regular basis.

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  1. Sooo excited to read about Allison's project/series. Such a cool concept... and I'm kind of a Downton fiend, so this REALLY makes me happy. :)

    Great seeing new and imaginative ways NA is being created and marketed. Congrats Allison!

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    2. Love Downton so much! I was very lucky -- when I was living in Cambridgeshire and writing The Heiresses, I actually got to crash Bampton -- the little village where they shoot the outdoor scenes for Downton Abbey. As they were currently filming, all the Downton signs were up (for the hospital etc.) and there was bunting up for a 'special occasion' (won't say for what -- don't want to spoil it for anyone!). It was amazing. Is great to be back in Australia, but I miss having London so close for research purposes, that's for sure!

  2. YAY! Historical fiction NA - loving it :-)

    1. I'm hoping to see more and more on the shelves soon, Faith!

  3. I also write historical, primarily about young people, though I'm so hesitant anymore to specifically label it NA or YA. I'm wondering if Allison had any of the same qualms, either within herself or from other people, since the whole concept of young or new adulthood is so relatively recent and a person of that age, till about 30-40 years ago, was basically considered a full adult or miniature grownup and not in a distinct life stage. I just don't see a lot of true historical NA or YA these days to know for sure.

    1. Hi Carrie-Anne!

      The label wasn't an issue for me as the serial was bought on proposal by St Martin's Press, who coined the term New Adult. Thus, it was labelled right from the very start. While the concept of young/new adulthood is new, my characters are still going through all the kinds of problems and situations you find in contemporary New Adult. They're navigating adult relationships, sex, responsibility etc., thus I think the label fits really well!

  4. Sounds like a cool idea for a serial :) (yeah, I'm a Downton Abbey fan!)


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