Welcome to another day of New Adult August! We’re talking about all things New Adult throughout this month, and you can find out what we’ve shared so far and what to expect right here!
One of the preconceptions of New Adult is that it’s all about sex. Two characters are off at college, meet each other, have a rocky start, start spending more time with each other, have a lot of sex, fight and then make up.
But S. Usher Evans is here today to say that New Adult is MORE THAN THAT! While there are books like that, she asserts that NA should be considered in a different light. She says it better, so over to her…
More Than Sex
Thanks to Dani and BAMF for allowing me to come chat with you guys today. I’m here on behalf of all the folks who write NA because they’re drawn to the age group, not because we’re writing about quivering members (although, c’mon, that’s a perk).
New Adult is one of those age categories (just like YA, it’s not a genre) that everyone gets wrong. When most people think of NA, they think contemporary romance, college-aged girls finding themselves and the hot guy from calculus. It usually has themes of starting a career, figuring oneself out as an adult, all of that. It does borrow some themes from YA in that it’s usually more character-driven than world-driven. Most people will say NA is NA because it features (more) graphic sex than YA, although that distinction is blurring as of late.
To me, though, a NA story is about that strange period after you leave the nest when you realize that no one actually knows what they’re doing. You make a ton of mistakes and you make a fool of yourself, but eventually you learn and get better. Some of these mistakes do happen in the bedroom, but not all. It’s about the overall experience of that time of your life.
With the exception of my October release, all of my books fall into the New Adult category. They all feature 20-somethings trying to figure out life and love and career in the context of space or fantasy worlds. Although the Madion Trilogy does feature some lovely romantic scenes, my space pirate series Razia doesn’t for the first couple books, mostly because the MC is too gun shy to get that close to anyone for the first few books. But even without the sex, the books are NA, because they feature NA themes.
Double Life, the first book in the series, is an ode to my early-to-mid twenties, where I was struggling to figure out who I was in the context of my career. Like Lyssa, I had plenty of older men telling me I wasn’t allowed at the table (and like Lyssa, I told them to pound sand). We both experienced starts and stops and missteps while we found our footing on our own. For Lyssa, she has a healthy dose of ego and insecurity making things worse for her, but who amongst us can say that hasn’t been the case?
To wrap up, NA, like YA, is a really hard thing to pin down, especially when you get out of the real world into speculative fiction. But if a book has NA themes and doesn’t have graphic sex, it’s still an NA book. Just with less quivering members.
S. Usher Evans’ Latest ReleaseThe Island by S. Usher Evans
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on April 26th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
Amazon ♡ Chapters ♡ TBD
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.
When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.