Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Guest Post - Writing in the New Adult Contemporary Genre By Sarra Cannon

Guest Post - Writing in the New Adult Contemporary Genre
By Sarra Cannon

Title: The Trouble With Goodbye 
Author: Sarra Cannon 
Release date: May 2013 
Publisher: Dead River Books (self-published) 
Age Group:  New Adult 
Genre:  Contemporary Romance 
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours 
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17656767-the-trouble-with-goodbye

One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.
Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.
With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.
That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.
Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.

Writing in the New Adult Contemporary Genre By Sarra Cannon

Now is such an exciting time to be a writer. And a reader! With the growth of self-publishing has also come the freedom to tell stories without the rules and limitations of a big publishing house. Out of this growth has come the popular new adult category of books. Older than young adults, but not quite adults either, the characters in new adult fiction are learning about what comes next. What really happens after high school? After we move out of our parents' house? It's not like we instantly become adults with a mortgage and a job and a dog or whatever.
For years, there has been this incredible gap. As readers, we were forced to choose between stories of teens discovering love and experiencing life for the first time or stories of adults who'd already made their mistakes and were now looking for something more permanent. But what about those crucial years in between? The years after high school are the years when most people really learn to spread their wings. We experiment and grow and dip our feet into unknown waters. We make mistakes and learn from them. We find out so much about who we are and want we're really looking for in life.
It's about time fiction gave voice to those in-between years, and new adult couldn't have come at a better time. Where YA comes with certain limitations about what's appropriate for younger readers, new adult or NA comes with very few limits. Taboo topics like sex, drugs, rape, and suicide can be explored with raw honesty in a way they couldn't always be in the past. This is what I love most about NA—its honesty.
There's no doubt new adult fiction has struck an important chord with readers. Especially when it comes to romance. I think it has something to do with keeping the real and honest voice of young adult writing and applying it to edgier, sexier themes and experiences. New Adult steps outside the box, and I think all of us are touched by it in some way. We relate to these people. We understand their struggles. We cheer them on as they push past the boundaries of their teen lives. And most importantly, we find hope and meaning in their search for a love big enough to change them.

About the Author:

Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. She is the author of the young adult paranormal Peachville High Demons series, which she first began self-publishing in October of 2010. Since the series began, Sarra has sold over 120,000 copies and recently signed a contract with Sea Lion Books to create a graphic novel adaptation of Beautiful Demons, the first book in the series.

Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband, her new baby boy, and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: www.sarracannon.com
Goodreads:  www.goodreads.com/Sarra_Cannon
Pinterest: pinterest.com/sarracannon/

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