Wednesday, August 24, 2016
JESSICA GUNN: A chat about the expanding category of New Adult fiction
Jessica Gunn is the author of New Adult science fiction and fantasy. She’s the author of the Atlas Linked series and her short story, The Balloon Thief, came out a few weeks ago in the Brass Moon Anthology. I’m so delighted to have her here. GYRE, the first book in her series was one the best NA novels I read last year.
There are a lot of readers and fellow authors out there who aren’t familiar with what the term New Adult (NA). What is it exactly?
New Adult is a category featuring books about protagonists aged 18-24, but can also reach as high as 29, depending on the book and the characters. It’s a category about characters who are just figuring out adulthood, but don’t know enough yet to be good at adulting. Think first careers, first intense relationships, first leading roles, quests, spaceships, etc.
As a writer and avid reader of NA, how have you see it change over the last year and where do you see it going in the future?
I’ve seen a lot more diversity, which I love, and I’ve seen the speculative fiction side grow. Both of these changes are amazing and need to continue into the future! As for the actual future of NA… I’m not sure. It’s such a weird category that changes constantly.
Beyond the age of the main character, what do you think the difference is between adult and NA science fiction and fantasy?
Oh—in science fiction in fantasy? You twisted the normal question on me! :)
I think the biggest difference across all genres, but especially in sci-fi and fantasy, is that NA characters know who they are as people but they have no idea how to fit that into the world they live in, or how to handle life’s first big responsibilities. They know better than to play with fire, but they do it anyway and then wonder why they got burned despite being doused in kerosene when they lit said fire in the first place.
Your series epitomizes NA specific. What other books do think are solidly in this category?
Your book! :D
But really, especially in the speculative fiction genres:
· The Alliance Series by Emma L Adams
· Artificial by Jadah McCoy
· The Endure Series & The Evolution Chronicles by Starla Huchton
· Unethical & Foolproof by Jennifer Blackwood
· One Night by A. J. Pine
Could you tell us a bit about what you have coming up in the future?
The next Atlas Link Series book, LANDLOCKED, is out on September 12th, followed by a novella called DRIFTWOOD in December :) I’m excited. LANDLOCKED has some of my favorite moments from the series, and DRIFTWOOD might have dinosaurs—I love dinosaurs!
Jessica Gunn is a New Adult author and avid science-fiction and fantasy fan. Her favorite stories are those that transport the reader to other, more exciting worlds. When not working or writing, she can be found binge-watching Firefly and Stargate, or feeding her fascination of the ancient world’s many mysteries. Jessica also holds a degree in Anthropology.
To catch up with Jessica, follow her on Twitter (@).
Chelsea didn’t try to teleport. All she wanted was to play the Battle of the Bands show. But after accidentally teleporting onto classified Navy vessel SeaSatellite5, all she’s rocking is the boat. Once it’s sorted out that Chelsea’s not a threat, SeaSat5’s top scientist offers Chelsea a position on the crew as an archaeology intern. Dr. Saint studies people with powers, believing them to be descendants of Atlantean refugees, except Chelsea’s powers are beyond anything on previous record.
While great for everyone else onboard, the miracle of Chelsea is Trevor’s worst nightmare. The same girl who’d given him a brief lifeline to sanity three months ago literally fell from the sky, under a mile of ocean, and onto the very station where he’s employed. Making matters worse, Trevor’s family are Lemurians, Atlantis’s enemy, and Chelsea’s presence is unpredicted—a wrench in an already unstable situation. But Trevor wants no part of his family’s war. The only thing he wants is Chelsea, Atlantean or not.
Days into Chelsea’s sudden appearance, SeaSatellite5 uncovers Atlantean ruins and a massive artifact cache, placing its entire, hundred-man crew in the crosshairs of an ancient war. There are those who want the Atlantean relics inside the ruins destroyed, and only Trevor knows the treasures for what they really are: Link Pieces, tools used by the ancient civilizations for their time-travel war.
With lies and shifting alliances abound, Chelsea and Trevor will have to think fast in order to save the station. If they don’t, the Lemurians will seize the artifacts and Atlantis will be destroyed forever.
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