In case you aren't aware, the other me, Judith Graves, is also co-publisher of Leap Books, LLC and acquisitions editor for our YA/NA novella line, SHINE. I'm always on the lookout for manuscripts. Here are the details if you have a story you'd like to submit.
Leap Books SHINE: E-Novella Line for Young Adult & New Adult Fiction
Shine – open to both agented and unagented submissions
- strong, polished writing
- engaging / authentic voice that will appeal to the target audience
- dynamic characters readers will identify with and root for
- commercial, entertaining stories with heart
- powerful world building
- an exciting plot with romantic elements (does not have to drive the story)
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's timeless classic.
And now . . . here she is!
Today, I'm featuring a very prolific Alberta author, Nicole Luiken. I've had the pleasure of meeting Nicole at several events and I'm always impressed with her smarts and experience in this industry.
On to the questions!
1. You have nine novels published for young adults. Quite the accomplishment and I know you have more in the works. How has your writing process changed from your first book to your current project? Or is it the same?
I wrote my first book when I was thirteen, after being inspired by reading Guide to Fiction Writing by Phyllis A. Whitney. The book detailed step-by-step how to write a novel: plot it out, write an outline, do a first draft, let it rest, revise, submit to a publisher. For the most part, this is still my pattern.
What can I say about world-building? World-building is a third task that writers of SF and fantasy take on. In addition to an interesting plot and fascinating characters, SF/Fantasy writers must provide a cool setting.
invented a genetic super-species. People fly in aircars, and there are space colonies and beanstalks. I also invented Historical Immersions, which are a cross between historical reenactments and reality shows. I gave my world an environmental crisis in its near past, which resulted in the change of political borders. I made a few social changes: a license is required to have children, and people indebt themselves to the government for post-second education and have to work the debt off.
Last Christmas break I went on a new adult fiction reading binge to get a handle on the genre. I discovered, that like any other genre, it has its tropes - you can check out my list of them here. It's powerful to know the tropes / cliches of a genre, especially if you're attempting to write within it. ;)
My new adult reading list grew throughout the year and I discovered titles that drew me in, had me recommending them to friends, made me fall in love, or laugh, or cry, or were so damn good - I even re-read them. But most of all - I learned a ton about what works for me within this genre - and that I was surprisingly comfortable with a wide range of "heat" levels. Some of my favs were downright dirty reads and others remained on the sweet side.
So...in no particular order...here be a few of the standout new adult titles I read in 2014:
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Losing It by Cora Carmack
Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre
Game of Love by Melissa Foster
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Beautiful Bastard by the writing team known as Christina Lauren
Losing Logan by Sherry Ficklin
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
Love, In English by Karina Halle
Escaping Reality by Lisa Renee Jones
Real by Katy Evans