For the past couple of months I have been working on my branding. I am getting myself ready to publish a short story at the end of September and I really want to succeed. So this is a little of my branding story.
When I was nineteen I started having problems at home. I moved out when I turned twenty-one. I moved in with my best friend at her parents house and shared a room with her and her giant asshole Alaskan Malamute. I found house-sitting jobs whenever I could, but when the relationship soured between us, I had nowhere to go. I didn't want to sleep in my car and I definitely didn't want to go home. I was working two part-time-just-above-minimum-wage jobs and making okay money, but I had no idea how to even look for a place of my own.
I was lucky enough that one of my clients at one of my jobs reached out to one of my coworkers and told me I could stay with her until I found somewhere to go. When I got to her big beautiful house, I was exhausted with anxiety and sadness. She fed me, tucked me into one of her kids' old bedroom and gave me WATER FOR ELEPHANTS to read. It was the first time I had read a book for a long time, and I have always been an avid reader. But I couldn't find books about people my age. They were either older, in their thirties, or young and unrelateable in my current life struggles.
When I moved into my first apartment, I started writing Chasing Stars, the book that I wanted to read during that time in my life. It was about a year later when I read my first published New Adult book by Abbi Glines and I was in love. Reading that book, and the love and support and encouragement from my boyfriend, now my husband and father of my children, made me realize that I could do that too. So I started my journey of writing to publish.
Now, ten to fifteen years later, there are New Adult novels everywhere and I love it. Most of them are romances and some people still don't take it seriously as a genre. I don't think I can change that, but I do know that I take it seriously, and I see a wealth of opportunity for story-telling in the genre. And I love thinking out of the box as far as the niche goes.
So that's my origin story. What about you? When did you first fall in love with Adult or New Adult romances?
PS I just started a reading group where I would love to shower romance fans with sneak peaks, giveaways and lasting friendship. I'd love to see you there. Here's the link: