No one seems to say care about it lately, but there is still some reaction whenever I mention the genre of most of my books.
"New adult? As in stories with lots of sex, club party, and drugs?"
My answer is the same each time. "No, of course not!"
It’s been on my mind for a while now but I never really put a time to write about what I'm writing. Today, I’m in mood talk about it.
If I were to tell about my writing, I'd say that I write steamy love stories, not erotica. I can’t stress this enough whenever I toughen up and contact contemporary and NA reviewers. I know there’s a little difference between the two, but that small distinction makes a big difference for me.
Forgive me if I’m wrong, but based on what I heard and read around, I get the impression before that most readers think that New-Adult is almost equal to stories filled with sex. Well, I don't deny that, because NA is all about young people who just became “legal” and they probably want to experiment a lot and well, sex might be a bit dominant. In the society we lived in, that’s what most people have denied from the most as they grow up, after all. However, I brand a many of the books I release as NA because of the main characters’ age. The heroines are usually between 18 up to 25 years old, and the heroes 19 and up, the time when they are generally become independent from their parents.
To quote one of RT Book Reviews' post:
“…If a novel's driving force is the sex between the hero and heroine, or if sex is somehow the central theme of the novel, you'd call it erotica — or "erotic romance" or "erotic thriller" or whatever subgenre you'd like it to be…”
The central theme of my books are the conflicts and emotions between the characters. But of course, the fact remain that sex is also a type of emotion. Still, sex isn’t what keep my stories going, which is for me what erotica story does. I’ll take one of my newest re-released contemporary books, What Took You So Long. Some readers to think that it will be full of sex because of Milky’s decision, but no, it’s not. If a reader bought the book expecting to see Luke and Milky banging each other on every chapter, they might be disappointed.
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