Well...maybe not exactly, but it did get me thinking about all the people who have to work outside in weather like this. Construction workers, fruit packers, mechanics, farmers. You get the idea. And that (if you can follow my strange line of thought here) got me thinking about New Adult stories. Where I live, a lot of kids get their first jobs working in a shed, packing fruit. That's a first job. New Adult is all about those special firsts. First jobs, first houses, first loves, first tastes of independence. But pretty much everybody knows this by now. There's a lot that's said about New Adult fiction. Some of it's true. Some of it's not so true. In the end, it all comes down to this: New Adult is about growing up for the first time and seeing the world in an entirely new way.
The fact is, there are so many things you can do with New Adult! You've got yourself a character who has the adventurous spirit of youth and the freedom of an adult. Put those two things together and your story can go pretty much anywhere. I was recently asked where I saw New Adult going in five or ten years. It's just like any other category. It's going to go everywhere. Science fiction, historical fiction, dystopian adventure, post-apocalyptic adventure, fantasy. You name it. Like YA, NA will be an umbrella for tons of books to hang under. Right now, there are a lot of romantic New Adult novels out there, but there are adventure novels, science fiction novels and historical fiction novels popping up, too. It won't be long before we see New Adult marked on the shelves at places like Barnes and Noble...!
Is my book NA?
Something else that I get asked a lot is "How do I know if my book is New Adult?" And that's a fair question. How do you know if your book should be classified as NA? Basically, if your characters are between the ages of 18 and 26, you've got a NA main character. Out of high school, but not quite "grown up." (although there are some people that are completely mature at that age...but let's not get nit-picky here!) Slap that character into any story or genre and you've got yourself a novel. See how easy it is?
What about crossovers?
True, New Adult and Young Adult sometimes intersect, and it has nothing to do with the age of the characters. My own novel, State of Emergency, is a New Adult novel, but it's appropriate for Young Adult readers, too. But the story and the characters are still very much New Adult.
So I guess the question I want to pose to you is this: What makes a New Adult novel "New Adult" to YOU? Is it the age? The content? I'm just curious, because I know what makes it New Adult to me. What do you think?