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ARRC2015: concurrent session 1C

31 October 2014

arrc2015_banner_light_200x200Here is the next in our series about the panel sessions at ARRC2015. You can find further details on the convention, including the full program and registration links here.

This week we are talking about…

Concurrent session 1C—Beyond firsts: why we need NA

Coined in 2009 by St Martin’s Press, ‘new adult’ has become a phenomenon in the publishing world, characterised by leads in their early 20s, characters and storylines; it’s angsty, sensual, and a darned good read. But where does new adult fit in the romance world—is it old YA, or young romance, or perhaps a little bit of both?

Join the best and brightest of Australia’s new adult scene—Kylie Scott and Rachel Bailey, Maggie Gilbert and Kelly Hunter—to learn their thoughts on this burgeoning genre. What makes for good new adult, and what’s the appeal in writing post-high school and pre-adulthood? Can new adult be a genre unto itself, undefined by the other genres? What makes it special, and who is the audience? How are the ‘firsts’ brushed aside while embracing the emerging realities of life as an adult?

The panellists

CS1cCJ Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular new adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, CJ is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road). CJ lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia.

Rachel Bailey writes for Harlequin Desire, new adult rom-coms for Entangled Embrace and adult rom-com for Momentum. Her first book was published in 2010, and since then her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, were published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Queensland with three dogs and her hero, and is always trying to scam more time to sit on the verandah and read.

Maggie Gilbert is the author of YA and NA contemporary romance. She has two books out with Escape Publishing–a horsey rural YA, Riding on Air, and the edgy urban NA, This is Now–and is working on another YA title. She lives in rural NSW with her husband and dogs.

Kylie Scott is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Favourite Romance Author of the Year, 2013, by the Australian Romance Readers Association and her books have so far been translated into five different languages. She is a long-time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

UPDATED 13/2 to replace Kelly Hunter with CJ Duggan.

One Comment
  1. Jeanie M permalink
    2 November 2014 8:21 pm

    Oh this looks good! I might have to send my friend to this to report back. Kelly, I love your blurb ‘accidently educated in the sciences’!

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