I'm excited to be apart of the blog tour for The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour. Today, I have a guest post by the author. The New Adult genre is really popular at the moment and I wanted to know Ingrid's view on why that is and also why she chose to write her book in that particular genre. There is also a chance to win some really great prizes, but first a little more about the book in question.
During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she's determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.
The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie's best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to "do onto others as they've done unto you." Setting the example, Jessica's next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.
What the friends don't know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he's not a jerk. He doesn't play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl's friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.
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Naturally, as an author, there are other themes, other firsts that I'd like to explore. However, they aren't appropriate or relevant for YA. As New Adult became popular and I started reading a few of those books, I found that they have some of the elements I so much enjoy in YA. Mainly the discovery of adulthood and the discovery and redefinition of self.
Soon after venturing into the NA genre as a reader, my writerly brain started churning with ideas for stories involving older characters who had certain challenges, challenges which made them fit perfectly into the NA genre.
The idea for The Guys Are Props Club was such an idea. It deals with two young women who are stuck in the past and seem unable to move on. Previous heartache has left one of them fearful of taking any more changes with men, while her sorrow has made the other one vengeful and has warped her sense of justice—thing that lead her to form a man-hating club. As the concept assaulted me one afternoon, I knew immediately the themes would be better suited for a New Adult story rather than Young Adult, and this is what led me to give the genre a try.
I hope your blog followers take a gamble on my new book. Thank you so much for being part of this amazing blog tour, Petra! Best wishes.
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