Hi Folks! I’m Brandi Leigh Hall, and I write Sweet NA Paranormal stories with romance, twisty plots, a wee-bit-o-magic, and a whole lotta heart and humor. And besides the fresh & breezy writing style in my debut series—the other thing that makes it so different—is the focus on family. The love story is secondary.

So much of New-Adult fiction revolves around the “experimental” years—and getting out from under the proverbial thumb of controlling families. Which happens to be what many 18-26 experience. But what about those of us who have a support system we cherish and wish to remain close to? Or those who aren’t jumping into bed with bad boys, pushing our sexual boundaries to the limit?

As much as I LOVE reading such freeing stories, it’s not how all of us choose to live those crucial, character-building years. Some of us blossom later. Which is exactly why writing “sweet” New-Adult fiction called to me. I’ve always been someone a bit more conservative than most (in life, not humor!), with an old-fashioned heart who deep down still believes in those Jane Austen worthy, HEA romances. Granted, that could be why I still haven’t found “the one”, but it doesn’t keep me from holding out hope.

And I know there are PLENTY of folks out there who do as well.

I enjoy creating the type of sweet, romantic guys you pray your daughter’s fall in love with—and strong, independent, female characters that would make any mother proud. Even with the snarky ones.

But more than anything, I wanted my “feel-good” series jam-packed with a supportive family, willing to do whatever it takes for those they love, while still being refreshing, funny, emotional, fast-paced, and suspenseful. We all have tons of family issues we’d like to forget, so doesn’t it feel great when you can read about the type of family you’ve always dreamed of having?

Other New-Adult authors have books out with a similar focus on family, like Denise Grover Swank's Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mystery, Book 1), and Kimberly Rose's Truth In Wildflowers (Truth Series Book 1). And SJ Pajonas shared with me her next book has a huge focus on family as well. There are tons of others, too. So “family focus” DOES seem to be creeping into the New-Adult landscape. As someone who used to feel like an oddball for writing a NA series about a “sweet” family of do-gooders, and not smexy times, I couldn’t be happier to see others who share my passion for family.

To me, our support system dictates so much about who we become as an adult. 

In fact, my own relationship with my mother didn’t evolve into a true friendship until I reached those fragile NA years. And whether your family is blood related, one who welcomed you into the fold with open arms, or just great friends who became your family through a mutual bond . . . we would be incomplete without them.

For the most part, the family in my series is (loosely) based on my own, even down to the occasional “cheesy” dialogue. But let’s face it—in real life—we always roll our eyes at the cheesy things people say. For many, that’s just part of our dorky sense of humor. *raises hand in the air with a grin*

We’re not always eloquent with those we love.

We don’t always say or do the right thing, at the right time.

And we bicker with our family like we’re still 12.

It’s honest.

And that’s what New-Adult fiction is all about. Honesty. I love how it spans so many genres—and heat levels—while allowing writer’s the freedom too keep things authentic to this developmental period in our lives. And yes, you can have stories with paranormal elements, while still focusing on “keeping it real”. I know, it’s practically a contradiction, right? But isn’t reality sooooooo much easier to swallow if it’s sprinkled with a dash of magic? It’s certainly how most children’s fairy tales are told (and by the very family I speak of).  

So what do you think, does New-Adult have a place for family focus? And aside from “sweet” New-Adult having behind closed doors nookie, do you ever wish you could read more family-based stories that restore your faith in the genuine goodness in people? 

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  1. Absolutely! I was super close to my family during my NA years, even when we lived hours apart. I'd love to read more family-supported stories. :)

    Great post, Brandi!

  2. Thanks, D A and Carrie. I'm hoping to see much more of it in the years to come. It does the heart good...lol.

  3. Oh, we agree! These are the types of books we write, too--sweet with the focus more on the family relationships.

    Thanks for posting this. We thought we were fighting against the tide all by ourselves. :)

    1. Awe, I'm happy to hear that, ladies. I honestly believe we have an audience out there. We just have to be patient and give them a chance to find us. :)

  4. Good point, Brandi. I like to see family members in stories too.

    1. Thanks, Lynn. Families in stories make it seem so much more real.

  5. I LOVE seeing strong family bonds in NA! I'm at that transitional age right now and my relationship with my family members is a huge part of my life, so I've been making the bulk of the plot in my current WIP to do with familial relationships. Love this post. It's nice seeing more support groups like that in NA!

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  7. I write sweet NA, too, and am always so excited to find other authors who do the same! I love when there are supportive families included in stories. Not everyone has to have a tragic past with a broken family. There can be plenty of drama with loving families, too!


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