Thursday, March 23, 2017

Guest Post by Serena Kearney, author of Define Us plus Giveaway

Writing New Adult
by Serena Kearney

I will admit. New adult is not the first genre I ever wrote. I actually started off with YA/Sci-fi, if you can believe it. I even muttered to myself, I’ll never be able to write things like contemporary and new adult.
Well, low and behold, I somehow wrote my own new adult series. How did that happen? I ask myself that all the time. It also has helped me grow as a writer, knowing the difference between writing sci-fi and new adult. It takes a different type of imaginations and skills. You would really never know how much of a difference it is until you actually think about it, or do it yourself.
With sci-fi, it can come easy, or hard, depending on your writing style. Your imagination can skyrocket, you can practically create anything you want. Any scenario. Any land. Any world! I find this extremely easy, maybe because I have a big imagination. For some, it would be hard, more complexed to think up new things.
But with new adult, it’s different, almost more real. This can be hard and easy as well, depending. When I first started with the Scarred Bullet series, it seemed harder to me. I had to pause and actually think about my story for a second. Life experiences. What’s in this century? What can you do? Can’t do? Realistic or too much? How emotional did I want it and how far did I want to go?
And instead of using a sci-fi feel, creating enemies, or other worlds. I had to think about my real struggles. My feelings. Other friends that I knew. Other problems. Other scenarios that are part of my life. Part of an adult’s life. The system. The people. The friends. The parents. The struggles.
In the end, it all worked out. Once I had the idea, it spread from there, and somehow, all these characters I came up with, started to have their own story. I needed to get their story out. I needed their ending. And then when I got it, I didn’t want them to stop. I wanted a little part of them to go into the next story I wrote.
So, here we have it, the Scarred Bullet series. All can be read as a stand alone, but are also interconnecting.

Because the real truth… sometimes I just can’t have their story really end.

Define Us
Serena Kearney

(Scarred Bullet, #3)
Publication date: March 17th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance

I’m supposed to be strong.
Until I found I was in a relationship I swore I would never be in.
I didn’t know how trapped I was until Dean Sailer walked into the diner, making me question who I turned into.
Dean reeked of overconfidence. He’s sarcastic and thinks he’s funny.
The worst part is I find myself smiling when I don’t feel like it. He brought out something inside me that I locked away a long time ago.
I wanted nothing to do with him.
I wanted to stay contained in my world.

When tragedy threatens the life of me and my best friend, he’s the one I find myself relying on.
He’s there for me when no one else is.
No matter how much I try to resist Dean Sailer, he seems to delve deeper into a place I thought was gone.
Can I change?Or will I be the definition of what I’ve made myself out to be?
Previous books in the series:

Author Bio:
I am a Leo. Born August 10, living on the east coast. I self-published my first novel, PNEUMA, November 2014, and it’s hasn’t stopped since.
One of my biggest problems was having too much to read. Now my newfound problem; having too much to write and not enough hands to type it out. Not enough brains to put the stories together fast enough. Not enough tea or coffee to keep me awake 24/7.

So, like every normal person, I have to take it one day at a time.
My cravings for sweets keep me going, any sort of cakes (especially red velvet), pies, cookies, and ice cream.
I have a cat named Bongo-Bongo, who loves to get in my way when I’m trying to work, but is too cute for me to fight him off.
And then I have my family, specifically my husband, who puts up with my endless nights, my tapping of the keyboard, my ridiculous imagination, and yet, he always encourages me to believe in myself and follow my dreams.