Author Chelsea M. Cameron on her motivation to write New Adult fiction

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New Adult.

The category (or not, according to some) causing Twitter wars between writers, agents and editors. The thing that nobody can really nail down as a thing.

Before I can talk about why I decided to write in this genre, I have to talk about what it is. Or at least what I think it is. For me, New Adult is that period of time after high school and before full adulthood. Think ages 17-27. Ish. It has all the angst of adolescence, but with the added bonus of adult decisions and adult repercussions. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t get much better than that for drama.

College was one of my absolute favorite times. Someone once told me that it was like a sleepover every night, and it was. I could eat cake for breakfast if I wanted, I could go to class when I wanted, I could see who I wanted. It was almost complete and total freedom, for the first time in my life. I was still young, though, and I screwed up. Except, this time my parents weren’t there to fix my mistakes for me. You break it, you buy it.

My New Adult books, including My Favorite Mistake, are my love letter to that breathless, giddy time in my life. Writing New Adult gives me a chance to explore my younger days and maybe make a few mistakes that I wished I would have made.

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Editor’s Note: We hope New Adult fans and those curious about the genre will check out My Favorite Mistake, now available as a Harlequin HQN ebook. If you want a closer look at the New Adult genre, read the Q&A with Carina Press editor Angela James and Harlequin editor Margo Lipschultz.

Two secrets.
One bet.
Who will break first?

Taylor Caldwell can’t decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome, blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he’s a tattooed, guitar-playing bundle of bad boy. Maybe that’s why Taylor’s afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn’t want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it’s too late.

Hunter himself has been burned before, but Taylor’s sexy laugh and refusal to let him get away with anything make her irresistible. Determined not to be kicked out of her life without a fight, Hunter proposes a bet: if she can convince him she truly loves or hates him, he’ll leave the apartment–and leave her alone. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the less she hates him, and the more she moves toward love.

But when the man behind Taylor’s fear of giving up her heart resurfaces, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.

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