Hey, gang! First, let me just say it’s great to finally have the Alley all to myself. *puts feet on ALL of the furniture and drinks milk from the carton* I’ve watched this space for so long as an enthusiastic fan, it’s kind of surreal to be running the place for the first time.

On that note, a massive ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who extended me a warm welcome. As readers of this blog, your encouragement and support means the world to me. I’ll do my best to bring my own brand of excitement and insight for New Adult every time I take this stage. I hope you’ll share it with me. (AND hang with me away from the Alley blog--you'll find links to my other online haunts after the post.)

Some of you will know me as 'that guy' from the #NALitChat on Twitter. (I am the same 'that guy', by the way.)

For those of you I haven’t met, a little about myself: I’ve been around the online writing community as a blogger for a few years now. I worked as a grant writer for several years prior to setting my sights on building fake worlds. My writing and reading interests are varied.

As for specifics, I’m male. (And I turn 35 this week, incidentally!) I really enjoy science fiction, horror, fantasy, and adventure in the TV, movies, books, comics, and video games I consume. (Any other Battlestar Galactica, Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones fans out there?) I’ve published three New Adult stories; all are of the speculative variety, featuring elements of horror, paranormal, and action-adventure. I----

*record scratch* 

Right about now, I’m guessing some of you might be going down your ‘NA Checklist’ saying, “Wait a tic, this guy isn’t ANY of these things: 1) A woman. 2) A reader or writer of romance. 3) A fan of erotica. 4) College-aged… how the heck DOES he fit into NA?”

Well there’s the rub: NA is more than all of those things. Much more. So much more it’s reinventing itself daily. The passion of readers and the desire of authors, all wanting to immerse themselves in exploring the world of emerging adults, is just too much for any one label to contain.

Many people think NA just suddenly burst onto the scene with a couple of sexy novels and is now some kind of revolution sweeping over the literary landscape like a giant push broom. I believe NA is more of an evolution that has been taking place for a long time. NA is a natural progression of literature, much like the stage of life it draws from.

We don’t suddenly leap from being a 17-year-old with acne and ‘boy problems’, to being a 30-year-old divorcee with three kids and a mortgage. Stuff goes down in between all that. And people are finally demanding to have stories that reflect and represent those years.

And ‘those years’ are as diverse as you and I. For some, that means exploring romance and sexuality. For others, that means seeking out what’s going to define them as an individual apart from their parents. For others still, it means going on an adventure, fighting for survival (both financial and/or literal), or embracing their destiny.

I like to think my joining the NA Alley Blog is a very real and literal reflection of NA’s versatility and progression. NA is for men. NA is for women. NA is for all who want to live, or relive, the formative years of their ADULT lives.








E.J. Wesley resides in South Texas. He holds degrees in psychology and counseling, but prefers to examine the heads of fictional characters over the living ones. He likes his food and his stories spicy, and tries to give a little extra 'kick' to paranormal, horror, and the other genres he writes. In true Texas fashion, he is very neighborly, and enjoys chatting about books, movies, music, and family. He is the author of the Moonsongs books, a series of speculative paranormal action novelettes, with a Texas twist. Say 'howdy' at:  Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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  1. I totally agree that new adult is so much more than just college-aged romance/erotica, and I'm glad that there are other authors writing in different sub-genres in this category. I'm writing a series urban fantasy/paranormal new adult novels, and it does sometimes worry me that a lot of people still seem to perceive that new adult is only for fans of romance. But it's definitely changing, and I hope that we get to see a lot more speculative NA in future!

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    1. Well said, Emma. All we can do is continue to write the stories we'd like to read/tell. I think just putting more variety out there is what's going to broaden the category.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment!

      ~EJ

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  2. LOL.... I knew it was you, EJ from the first paragraph.... I was hoping you with be part of N/A ... Now TWO of my favorite people are here at the alley.... YAY, EJ!!!!

    I enjoyed your thoughts on the subject... especially going for pimpled and 17 to divorced and 30 with three kids. LOL. Happens all the time and those years ARE the LEARNING years.... so who wouldn't want to read about what's happening in their lives.

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    1. Michael, I'm thrilled to see YOUR face in the crowd over here. :D Seriously comforting to see a good friend in the audience on your first day. Think I've got some newbie jitters! lol

      I agree 100%; why wouldn't we want to read and write about those years specifically? They're a huge part of who and what we are. Sometimes for better, sometimes not so much, but that's why they call it living. Right?

      Thanks again for all of your support, and hope to see you chime in on NA more. (Heck, maybe even write an NA story or two!) You've got good thoughts inside that brain of yours, and we can always use more of those in the NA corner. ;)

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  3. Very well said, EJ. Great post!
    (Now get your feet off the furniture. :P)

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  4. But no one was watching! lol

    Thank you, Melissa. And thank you for supporting me here, too. Really means a lot! :)

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  5. ALRIGHT, EJ!!!! It's so much fun to have you around the Alley now!! Great first post.
    And save some milk for me.
    :D

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  6. Thanks Summer! I've only been around for a short while, but already think the world of y'all. Thrilled to be a part of it all. :)

    And yes, I'll always leave the fridge well-stocked for the next person. lol

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  7. Great post, E.J.! While I do love me some romance, it's great to see the other side of NA represented! :)

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  8. "Stuff goes down in between all that."

    Boy, you ain't kidding!

    I'm beyond thrilled that you're bringing a male perspective to NA Alley. I look forward to your posts :-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Faith! Hope I can 'represent' well. :)

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  9. Yes, yes, yes! Well said, my friend. :) Welcome to the Alley!

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  10. Welcome! Totally agree with your thoughts on what NA is and why it's important.

    Also, much love for Battlestar, Walking Dead, & GoT. So good!!

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    1. Thank you, Ashley! I knew someone out there would have excellent taste in television besides just me. :)

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  11. Welcome and well said! I think what you've said here are things people need to know about NA - not only that it's more than romance, but that guys are involved with it too. ^_^ I'm also starting to realize that the book I'm currently plotting might be better suited for NA than YA, but I'll have to think on it more to see. And actually write the thing. Hopefully there will be a market for NA fantasy in the near future.

    Also: Game of Thrones FTW. Please tell me you've read the books. :P

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    1. Thanks, Mason! And yes, I've read them all--twice. :) (He takes so dang long between books I have no choice! lol)

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  12. Happy to have you here, E.J.! Well said!

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  13. Hello EJ! It's nice to see a guy that writes NA as well as appreciating it. I can't wait to check out your stuff (I apologize for the stalking in advance) and I hope you enjoy your time here in NA Alley. I guess I can't refer to you guys as the NA Sisters any more now, can I? :P

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    1. Hi Hannah! Stalk away. :) I'm already having a great time with everyone here, and plan to keep it up.

      You could always refer to us as, "The NA Sisters--And The Beard." :D

      Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to hanging with you more down the road here at the Alley.

      ~EJ

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  14. NA Alley is lucky to have you EJ! Hope you didn't put the milk back in the fridge. :P

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    1. Thanks Elise! I like to think NAAB and I are a match made in some kind of Monty Python-esque, farcical Heaven, where they only read, write, and make off color jokes all day. :)

      And I wiped the rim of the carton on my sleeve! No way a germ could get by that kind of thorough cleaning.

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  15. Welcome once again E.J from a fellow Walking Dead and Game of Thrones fan!

    I think you being here, and becoming one of the newest members on the NA Alley team is a true reflection of new adult, and how - like you said - the category is evolving. Men also have that formative time period between their late teens and late twenties, so why not hear from some guys going through that or who went through that. The women can't have all the fun!

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    1. Thanks Clare! And yes, there's no limitations when it comes to fun being had. :D

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  16. It's pretty cool that there's a male influence on NA Alley now. I hadn't really thought about, since all NA books I've heard of so far seemed targeted at females audiences, but why shouldn't guys read and write in the NA genre? I mean, they also have to live the years between teen-hood and adulthood!

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    1. I think it's cool, too, Rachel! But I'm definitely biased. :D I agree: NA is for all.

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  17. Hey great pic EJ! And awesome post! It's refreshing having a guy in the mix and you're so right NA is everyone and everything. And sometimes peeps dont know what they want til they see it in print or digitized.

    Rock on!

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    1. *puts fist in the air and rocks on* Thanks, PK! :D

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  18. I think it's way more than erotica, too. Great post, EJ! Early adulthood was about so much more.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! And very well-put: It (early adulthood) was definitely so much more. :)

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