Tales Of “New Adulthood”

The busy week continues…

…but seeing straightforward passages like that from that classic 1939 detective novel, The Big Sleep, which I had again pulled from my in-laws’ London guestroom bookshelf, got me thinking: I realized yesterday that my previous post might mistakenly lead anyone new here to believe that I write novels only of two centuries ago and three-cornered cocked hats on gentleman and bonnets on ladies and guillotines and George Washington.

Of course those are not for everyone.

So if that is not your reading preference on the beach or by the pool or wherever this (northern hemisphere) summer, and if you consider yourself beyond reading more “YA”, what is called “New adult (NA)” may be for you. With main characters falling between ages 24-30, “New adult” fiction is not generally aimed at readers under age 18:

I had not planned that series to fall into that literary category. In fact, in 2012 when I was first writing it, I had never even heard of it. I have inadvertently, I suppose, written three “New adult” novels.

It is very personal writing to me. It is drawn from many of my own experiences. In them, I also fictionalize family and others.

Because, well, that is what authors do:

[Excerpt from Passports: Atlantic Lives, 1994-1995. On Kindle for iPad. Click to expand.]

However, they should hopefully resonate with just about everyone. “That sort of thing happened to me!” is something I hope a reader may occasionally think.

[Original photos, back cover, Passports: Atlantic Lives, 1994-1995. Both photos by me, 1991.]

I have deliberately written them in an “easy to read” and (I hope) “uncluttered” English.

[Excerpt from Passports: Atlantic Lives, 1994-1995. On Kindle for iPad. Click to expand.]

I took that writing approach because long ago – in the 1990s – I liked to lecture my classes of undergraduate university politics and history students on Long Island, New York in the clearest manner possible. Moreover knowing the novels would be on Kindles possibly anywhere in the world, I wanted the tale to be accessible to international readers who may have learned English as a second language at school in their home countries and who may never have visited the US. I had had more than a few “hilarious” university office discussions with non-Americans about them finding Americans’ mindset so difficult sometimes to understand, and I hoped the novels(s) might – perhaps at times in a lighthearted way – help address some of what I was occasionally asked about.

[Excerpt from Passports: Atlantic Lives, 1994-1995. On Kindle for iPad. Click to expand.]

So if any readers may now and then also *accidentally* learn a few things, well, all the better.

Above all they are meant to have universal appeal. The bottom line is, wherever you are, we are all much the same as we move through our twenties. The novels revolve around mid-twenty-somethings; the likes of that “guy/gal” who utterly wows you; a first foreign trip without your parents running everything; marriage-minded boyfriends and girlfriends; a “crazy” divorced uncle who might be a successful crime novelist and ladies’ man; and parents who groan at your every life choice; and experiencing how the wider world is indeed A LOT more complicated than you probably imagined.

There will be a fourth volume to the tale eventually.

[In the Tuileries Garden, Paris, France. Photo by me, 1994.]

Have a good reading day wherever you are. 🙂