New Adult is a unique genre, located somewhere between YA and the more grown up genres we’re all familiar with. It’s about your first real job, your first serious relationship, and figuring how just how this whole adult thing works. Allison Parr is an expert on the New Adult heroine. Combined with the Sports genre, her New York Leopards series has sexy football players who could be the real relationship these new adults are looking for.
Inspiration in the Small Things by Allison Parr
For my latest book, I’ve stolen three different restaurant, two apartments, and one rooftop party. I’ve snagged four outfits, one eavesdropped conversation, and several awful winter storms.
When I’m looking for inspiration on settings, conversations, or even events, I go straight to my largest bank of information: my own experiences. I generally know the bulk of the plot – say girl meets boy next door, confesses love, things get awkward – but when I need a location or a celebration, I find basing them on things I’ve seen can provide a wealth of detail and authenticity.
This is both really fun and really useful; if I’m ever stumped, I just look around or think back to something interesting, and throw it in the mix. If it’s freezing out today, it’s freezing in the scene I’m writing. And if the girl at the café table across from me has a super cute dress, well, that’s showing up on my heroine.
However, fair warning: if you chose this route, don’t be surprised if your friends start texting you madly when they realize you just described your old apartment. Or when they recognize the brief appearance of their ex-boyfriend.
About Imaginary Lines
Tamar Rosenfeld has been in love with New York Leopards linebacker Abraham Krasner since they were twelve years old. She’d always considered it destiny that they’d end up together…until Abe was drafted and she professed her feelings in a moment of blind excitement. The sting of his rejection was like nothing she’d ever felt before, and it’s nothing she’ll ever forget.
Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York’s premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she’s felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.
But destiny has finally chosen to interfere. Just as Tamar’s decided to move on, Abe’s realized she’s the only woman for him. When he confides the truth, Tamar has to decide if she can put her crush behind her, or take a chance on the very man who’s been holding her back all these years.
What readers are saying about Allison Parr:
Not only does Rachael constantly make intresting insights into what it means to be a woman in the twentieth century but she does it with snark! The entertaining dialogue had many laugh out loud moments.
This was a cute story that made me cry and laugh and wish for a happy ending. It’s broadens your horizons and gives you a new perspective on meeting people that seem like they are completely the exact opposite of you. –Amazon review
Sometimes, when I’m about a quarter of the way through a book, I feel like I don’t want it to end because it is so entertaining and because the characters are the kind that I want to spend a lot of time with. Running Back was one of those books for me. –Goodread review