J.A. Redmerski chats about The Edge of Never and the New Adult genre.
For readers who are new to The Edge of Never how would you describe it?
The Edge of Never is a coming-of-age story about two people who are lost in the world and meet by chance on a Greyhound bus. It’s about living in the moment, discovering one’s self, facing turmoil in one’s life and having someone to share it with, and it’s a story about fate and true love.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book?
Mostly, it was inspired by own fascination and dreams of traveling across the world.
Why will readers love Camryn and Andrew?
I think a lot of readers can live vicariously through Camryn and Andrew, just as I did when I wrote the book. They say and do things that I know many readers really want to do on some kind of level, but are either too afraid of change.
I love the cover of the book, is that how you imagine Camryn? Did you have any famous people in mind as you wrote Camryn and Andrew?
Thank you! I did not have any famous people in mind while writing the book, but that came after it was published because it was something everyone wanted to know. Even though I mention Kellan Lutz in the novel, I didn’t really imagine Andrew looking like him at all. That was simply Natalie’s character stating what she thought. But anyone who’s read the book already knows that Natalie seriously over-exaggerates! 😉
Your novel deals with quite difficult and explicit issues, did you find any of it challenging to write?
None of it was really challenging for me to write, but the ending was very emotional for me. I know a lot of people say they cried reading it. Well, I definitely cried writing it!
How did the title come about?
I played around with words for about two weeks before I finally came up with the title. I just really thought it fit with how Camryn set out with it in her mind that she would never fall in love, or never do or say certain things, yet Andrew made sure she did.
Is there a message you want readers to take from the novel?
My message to readers would be never to let the monotony of everyday life let what kind of life you could really have, pass you by. Go out into the world, take some risks, step out of your comfort zone and breathe the fresh air. Don’t say stagnant in the same place all your life because that’s what society expects of you.
What is the toughest test you’ve faced as a writer?
I think it would have to be finally being accepted as a serious one. It took me years to break in to the scene where people actually knew who I was. I’ve been writing since I was thirteen and I guess it finally paid off. It just goes to show that you should never give up on what you want to do. Ever. It might take years, but you’ll get there.
Are you happy to be called a New Adult writer?
I love the New Adult genre. It’s fresh and unique and offers a much larger perspective about the lives of adults between the ages of 18 and 26 that Young Adult and Adult novels have never really shown.
What attracts you to writing New Adult fiction?
I like the freedom. I like being able to write about adults in a ‘younger’ setting. New Adults are still in their party phase, the time in their lives when they set out on their own to become mature, but are still having fun while doing it!
What do you think has encouraged the recent success of New Adult fiction?
It’s no secret that self-published books are what really seemed to draw the most attention to the New Adult genre. Beautiful Disaster, Easy, The Vincent Boys, The Secret of Ella and Micha, and of course, The Edge of Never, were books (of course not all of them though!) that stuck out and helped draw in the New Adult crowd.
Which other New Adult authors/books would you recommend?
The ones I mentioned above were all fantastic books!
What advice would you give to any aspiring writers wishing to write New Adult fiction?
Read as much New Adult literature as you can and familiarize yourself with it. And try not to make your story too much about sex by overly using detailed sex scenes. I’ve been worried that some readers are becoming confused when they read a New Adult book that is really more like Erotica. Yes, there is detailed sex in a lot of New Adult books, but there is a huge different in NA and Erotica!
Where do you see New Adult fiction in five years time?
I see it much more pronounced than it is today. Readers LOVE the new genre and they express their need for it more every day.
Which books have most influenced your life?
That would be Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice – completely different from what I’ve been writing today, I know, but the two books definitely had a huge impact on my writing life.
I believe there’s a forthcoming sequel, The Edge of Always – what can we expect?
It’s a continuation of The Edge of Never. I wanted to make sure that readers got to see everything that happens in Camryn and Andrew’s life together. But also there will be more of what readers loved in the first book, too: their banter, steamy sex scenes and of course, a road-trip.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I’m working on two books, the second book to my series In the Company of Killers titled Reviving Izabel and a brand-new New Adult/Contemporary Romance standalone novel titled Song of the Fireflies. That one is a spinoff of characters introduced in The Edge of Always and yes, Camryn and Andrew make an appearance. 🙂
And finally, Andrew encourages Camryn to try new experiences and to move out of her comfort zone. What one thing would most push you out of your comfort zone?
For Camryn, it was a lot of unfortunate things that happened in her life so closely together. She just needed to get away. For me, it could be the same, but I’ve always been terrified of getting stuck in my comfort zone, so I’m easily swayed to shake it up a bit. 😉
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone – including herself – when she decides to leave the only life she’s ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish. Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together – or destroy them forever?
J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER, lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead.