I went out on a limb and decided to try my hand at New Adult writing. I understand that New Adult (NA) and Young Adult (YA) though wildly popular, are not a genre but an age group. Young Adult is considered the teenage years and New Adult the college years and beyond of the protagonist. As a retiree I found more than a few challenges when writing about this age. However, somethings never change, even if they change how they are done.
My suspense novel involves a young girl growing up in a blue collar family working with her mother in a flower shop. She then goes to college and works part time in a law firm. She has a lot to learn and develops a thicker skin along the way when she runs into rude and sometimes dishonest co-workers while she juggles school and friends. A friend becomes a boyfriend, and the bad boy she had stars-in-her-eyes for in high school transitions from a bully to a rapist. The world is not always as we conceive it when we are young. And life is not always fair.
Erin is not only hard working she is brilliant and school comes easy. Relationships, not so much. Her father died when she was young and left a hole in her life. Her mother had to take on the role of both parents and being young herself, she and Erin sometimes grew up together. But they loved each other and would do anything for each other.
Aunt Toni, her mother’s sister, became a lawyer and her life seemed so much more glamorous to Erin than her mother’s that Erin strove to be like her. Erin wanted that type of life for herself. But she was unaware of the sacrifices Toni made along to the way to become who she was.
Now someone in the small town of Mansfield is raping young women and Erin knows who it is. He hurt her once when she was young. She just needs to prove it to everyone around her while juggling school and work before it happens again.
Blooming Justice is my latest work in progress and is nearing completion. I can’t wait to show it to you