J Lynn, author of Wait For You, talks about having fun writing New Adult fiction.
Can you tell us a bit about Wait For You?
It’s about Avery Morgansten, who is trying to escape her past, leaving her old life behind to attend college. She just wants to make new friends and fit in for a change, but she finds this very overwhelming at times. Enter Cameron Hamilton, the campus hottie, who is going out of his way to woo her over with his undeniable charm and his mad cooking skills. Suddenly, Avery finds herself falling for him, but she’s not sure that she can let the past go and allow herself to trust again, especially when the past seems to be catching up to her.
Where did you get the inspiration for the novel?
I came up with the idea for Wait For You while I was taking a shower. Even though I had another book that I was planning to work on, I decided to start writing Wait for You that same night because I was so excited to write Cam and Avery’s story.
What three words would you use to describe Cam?
Gorgeous, charming, and understanding
What three words would you use to describe Avery?
Awkward, shy, and strong
Avery has been through a very traumatic experience, did you find any of it particularly hard to write?
I didn’t find the scenes particularly hard to write, but I knew when I was writing Wait For You that Avery’s experience can be a very sensitive topic to address. I wanted to handle it appropriately in the book. I tried to approach Avery’s situation carefully, but I also wanted Avery’s reactions to be realistic.
Have you finished with Avery or Cam or can we expect to see them again?
You will see them again in Trust in Me which is Wait For You in Cam’s POV. You also get to see quite a bit of both Cam and Avery in Be With Me which is Jase and Teresa’s story. Since Cam is Jase’s best friend and Teresa’s brother, you can be sure that Cam and Avery make plenty of appearances.
What message do you want readers to take from the novel?
I would love for readers to finish Wait for You with the feeling that it’s possible to open yourself up to someone and learn to trust again after a difficult experience just like Avery realized from her relationship with Cam.
What do you wish you’d known about publishing before becoming an author?
I would like to have known that publishing is a whole lot of hurry up and wait.
Previously, you’ve written mainly romance and paranormal fiction, why did you choose to write New Adult? Was it fun?
The first NA book I wrote was Frigid, and I was actually approached by Spencer Hill Press to write an NA book for their new line. I really enjoyed writing Frigid, so I was very open to writing more NA. When I came up with the idea for Wait for You, the characters and their story fell into the NA genre.
What were the challenges of the genre?
I think the biggest challenge with any genre is keeping it fresh.
It’s quite a popular genre at the moment, why do you think that’s the case?
NA books highlight the transition from the teenage years to adulthood. I think readers enjoy books that follow this transition because it’s usually a time for enjoying new experiences, making mistakes and really just learning who you are without the constant supervision from adults. It’s such an interesting time that it makes for great characters and situations.
Which new adult authors/books do you enjoy?
I really enjoyed Foreplay by Sophie Jordan and Losing It by Cora Carmack.
Which writers inspire you?
Ritchie Cusick, Rachel Vincent, and Jana Oliver
Do you plan on writing any more New Adult fiction?
Yes, I’ve already completed Trust in Me and Be With Me. I’m also writing another book in the Wait for You series and a companion novel to Frigid.
You write young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Armentrout and new adult romance as J Lynn – is it important for you to keep these two elements separate? Do you feel like two separate writers?
The reason that I use both names is to distinguish between the content of my books. For YA, I use my real name. For Adult and NA, I write using my pen name. J Lynn symbolizes a more mature book. However, I did use my real name for Obsession even though it isn’t a YA novel. Since Obsession is a companion novel to the Lux series, it made sense to use the same name instead of using my pen name.
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago — an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe — please God — make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself. Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so … so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.