Part of that comes from knowing who my audience should be. Butterman Travel is NOT a YA story. Reason being, more mature content. That being said, it's not an X rated novel either. My heroine is 18, and she's making her own choices, some of which aren't always wise.
Some of her choices were questioned by a couple beta readers, which I totally understand. But what I kept in mind was, those beta readers were not 18. By the time we reach a certain age, we should be able to say we'd never make the same mistakes we did back then. Oh, to go back in time and knock some sense in our 18 year old brains, right??
But here's the thing. I remember what it was like being 18, and although that age group is far from being ignoramuses, they're still entering a brand new world of having the freedom to make their own choices, and not always being smart about them. It's part of the growth process. And it's how we learn and become the wise ones later in life.
Probably not all 18-25 year olds make as many stupid mistakes as I did, but each person has different degrees of recklessness and adventurous spirits, and depending on that degree, some readers won't be able to relate to certain actions that some characters take. But that's why we read, right? To escape, and live vicariously through characters.
I'm almost 40. *shudders* Can't believe it. In November I turn the big 4-0. But I didn't write Butterman Travel for my age group. I wrote it for that new adult stage, and I know that it'll be relative to readers of that age group, and that's because my characters behave at that age level. Now, I'm not implying it's all about making bad choices--on the contrary, my main character is better at following the rules than I ever was. But there are instances in my story when a reader my age would probably say aloud, "No don't do that, what are you thinking??"
And that's because I believe a reader aged 18-25 will relate. I understood this early on with the uniqueness of some of my story scenes, which involve some explicit drug use, and I didn't want an editor to tell me it'd be a bad influence on young readers. Why? because I wanted my characters to make bad choices sometimes, and learn their consequences, because that's what being 18, 19, 20 is all about.
I told the story the way I thought it should be told, and I used character action that felt very real to me, regardless of how it may be frowned upon.
And I don't think New Adult readers are ill-equipped to handle it. They probably face harder situations in real life all the time. So I'm trusting the readers I wrote this story for, and that's because I feel I know my audience. If it offends anyone, then I know it's because they can't relate, and that's okay. Others will. And they're the ones I wrote the story for.
On a side note, sorry I skipped NA Thursday yesterday. I had to push it back a week, so it should be up again next week. If you have an NA book you'd like me to feature, email me.
Today I'm featuring a new release by Ashley Chappell ca;lled TILT, and it releases on October 11!
Check out her awesome book trailer:
Two years ago, teen goddess Trotter saved the entire pantheon of Realm from a dark god bent on revenge. Her battles led her into fantastic and dangerous worlds where she discovered new friends and family as well as new foes. She also discovered the extraordinary secret behind her birth that her parents had kept hidden for centuries: Trotter had been marked by Chaos himself.
Now, cast out from Realm by the very gods whose lives she saved, her refuge among the humans on Aevum has been destroyed as the world is tilted violently from its sun. Trotter will stop at nothing to save the world and the people she loves, but winning this fight will force her into a choice that may mean giving up the only home she’s ever known.
TILT is the second book in the Dreams of Chaos series which has been hailed by reviewers as "Darker and more enchanting than the Heroes of Olympus Series."
FREEBIE! As part of the upcoming book launch festivities, ALICE WILL: Dreams of Chaos #1 will be FREE on Amazon for Kindle from 10/11 – 10/14! Get your copy here: http://amzn.com/B00A6YW5C6
Find Ashley on her website
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by and say hello to Ashley! But before you go, how do you feel about knowing your audience? Are you confident in that? Have others questioned it? Do you think it's important to "tell it like it is," or do you prefer characters to behave more like they "should," instead of how they probably, "would?"
Also if you haven't already, be sure to join the party for my cover reveal on Oct.16th. Click on the top picture in my sidebar and book your time trip today! :D