We Are Living In A Young Adult World

People ask me all the time how I can write both adult paranormal erotic fiction and young adult urban fantasy.  I used to just answer that I was interested in both types of worlds but lately I’ve realized that—minus the sex—there isn’t that much difference between the two. 

Adults are consumed with young adult things, particularly in fiction, to the point where one of the top selling books of this year that is highly erotic (and yes I’m talking about 50 Shades of Grey) was originally written as fan-fiction for Twilight starring Bella and Edward. 

Why is this?  I think because in this day and age the stories that we are telling for our young adult heroes are not sugar coated in sweets and candy.  There is a place for that, of course. I’m a mother of young children, I would never want them to be exposed to things too quickly, but let’s face it, teenagers, today, are very mature. They know things that I believe I did not have a clue about when I was that young.

It really says something, I think, that the same books that are interesting to sixteen year olds are fascinating for their mothers. I scrambled out to see the first Twilight movie with five other women the day it came out.  I have spent evenings discussing The Hunger Games on date nights with other couples. 

But, I guess I really should be talking about my own work. If I’m not careful I’ll get on a soapbox I can’t get off of.  So, my Warrior series, particularly Subversive, the third book in the series, takes a lot of hard looks at Rachel and the world in which she lives.  Is anyone really who she thinks they are?  How can she live when she has to question everyone’s motives and, at what point, will she be old enough to form her own opinions on what the truths in her world will be? 

These are all topics that were relevant to me when I was a teenager and are, in different ways, still topical for me now. But, I guess its not strange since it seems to me more and more that we are living in a young adult world. Or maybe they’re just living more in our. 

Guest post by Rebecca Royce. As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

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In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

Rebecca will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a digital copy of Initiation: The Warrior Book 1 to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  One randomly drawn host will win a $50 Amazon GC.

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  2. After looking over your other books on your website, it seems to me that this series, The Warriors, required a lot of world rebuilding. When you are busy creating new creatures and environs for your books, how extensive do you plot them? For instance, one author I read often has a map of the village where her fictional family lives pointing out key locations mentioned in the stories. What materials/resources do you use to keep track of everything? Some authors use Excel spreadsheets, others use white board.

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  3. YA books do seem a lot more multifaceted and adult than they did when I was in the market for them. (Usually, when I was a teenager, it seemed like a YA book was like a kid's book with some extra death or sex themes thrown in.) Yours sounds excellent!


  4. My daughter and I are reading many of the same books these days. We swap recommendations & discuss the books we have both read. It's a wonderful time for readers.


  5. Love the sound of this book Im having a grea time following along on the tour.Have a great weekend


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