I was pleased to have Julia Kent do a guest post about switching genres. Julia is a USA Today bestseller and the author of the popular New Adult romance “Random Acts of Crazy“. She’s here today to talk about crossing the genre barrier, and how being known in one genre doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pigeon-holed forever within that one niche. 🙂
Aside from the incredibly hot sex scenes and tension so taut you could string a guitar with it, what do erotica and New Adult romance have in common? Writers like Jacinda Wilder and Mimi Strong crossed over from one genre to the other, and so have I. Plenty of other erotic romance and erotica writers are in the process of that same journey, and the reason is easy to explain: because it’s seamless.
Erotica focuses on the main character’s sexual journey. “Journey” is key here – the character or characters have to explore what their own sexuality means to them in the context of their exploration of life. In the end, the sexual unfolding gives meaning to part or all of their life, and forces them to grow in new ways.
How perfect for New Adult! If you ask 20 authors, 20 agents, and 20 editors at traditional publishing companies to define “New Adult,” you’ll get 60 different answers.
Ask readers and you’ll get one answer: “I know it when I see it – and when it’s good, it’s perfect!” You define the genre now. Readers are eagerly reading books like H.M. Ward’s Damaged, Tara Brown’s My Side, my own Random Acts of Crazy, Raine Thomas’s Everly, Katy Evans’ Real, pretty much everything Abbi Glines writes – and so much more. Maybe it’s because it’s summer and the Kindle is easier to grab when time demands lighten up. Perhaps it’s the amazing covers.
Or maybe it’s because we are so enthralled with the journey that new adults face when their first major life decision stares back at them.