Writing New Adult
With each age group comes a different set of rules, but writing new adult is not much different from writing young adult or adult. As a writer, you have to understand your audience. That’s the key to switching between age groups and writing in different genres. The first manuscript I ever wrote was a young adult fantasy novel. I still haven’t published the book because I switched from fantasy romance to sports and contemporary romance writing.
Shifting from young adult to new adult was easy for me because I read all age groups and all genres. As a new adult reader, I was comfortable with writing about college life because I went to college and had the fraternity life experience and everything that goes along with attending a big university. In Corrupt Me, my main character, Luca Marchese, is the son of a Mafia boss and the president of his fraternity. I was able to make a fraternity house and the men who are part of the fraternity feel real, as if you were on a college campus, because I based some of it on my experiences and have known my fair share of frat boys. I wanted to portray the characters in the book the way I saw my own friends, who at first seemed like the stereotypical frat guys until I had gotten to know them.
I took Mark Montgomery, a character from Corrupt Me who was a member of the fraternity, and gave him his own book called Teach in my new City of Sinners Series that releases on April 5th. I created a fictional campus in Philadelphia in Corrupt Me, and that campus will continue to be the setting for all of my books set in college. I plan to write a baseball and football series around the characters introduced in each of these books that will stem from the fictional setting I created. Writing new adult books comes naturally to me, but I think it all depends on an author’s experiences and what they feel comfortable writing.
When I started Corrupt Me, I wrote 45,000 words of the first draft in one weekend. I changed a lot of the story and the character development over time, but I was so at ease with writing about a college campus that the words flew onto the page and the same thing happened with Teach. The next three books in the Philly Corruption Series are not centered around the college campus since Luca’s brothers are several years older than him and members of the Philadelphia Mafia. But readers will see glimmers of the campus and the area around the school that I created based on a combination of Temple University and UPenn.
Overall, I believe writing for new adult readers is about comfort level, experience, and understanding your audience.
Corrupt Me and Parker are both available now to read for free through Amazon with Kindle Unlimited and also available in paperback. If you like steamy professor-student taboo books, Teach comes out on April 5th. Thank you for having me on your blog.
(Face-Off Series #1)
Publication date: February 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Former collegiate athlete and successful sports agent, Charlotte “Coach” Coachman, is a straight shooter who has a very strict policy—no dating clients. The loves of her life are coaching little league basketball and managing the careers of her players, leaving no room for men.Coach hasn’t met an athlete she couldn’t handle and a deal she couldn’t close—until she meets Alex Parker—the NHL’s most notorious bad boy both on and off the ice.
Alex is the best defenseman in the league, breaking records along with hearts. He’s made a name for himself as a womanizer, and after a scandal involving the owner’s granddaughter, Alex is traded to Philadelphia. Still reeling from the loss of his father, Alex is on a downward spiral, drowning himself in booze and women, until Coach takes him under her wing.
She might be attracted to the sexy hockey star, and certainly not immune to his charms, but Coach can see that Alex needs her help, and coaching players is what she does best. Now that the lines are blurred and the passion between them is too strong to deny, Coach has to decide if Alex is worth making an exception to her rules.
Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she's not reading, writing, or blogging, she's obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.
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