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!
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)!
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:
1920s Themed Scarf Giveaway!