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Friday, September 25, 2015

"Tips for Writing New Adult Fiction" a guest post by Lola Smirnova, author of Craved, a Sequel to Twisted

Today I am glad to share with you a guest post by Lola Smirnova, her bio is below.  

Ambrosia Boussweau.

Cravedby Lola Smirnovais the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted. It was published in August 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon. Genres: New Adult / Suspense




Having been to hell and back, the eager sisters from Ukraine - Natalia, Lena and Julia - decide to retire from selling sex and walk the straight and narrow path back home. But when an old friend calls them with an opportunity to make buckets of ‘easy’ money in South Africa, they find it impossible to refuse. 


Return to the nightlife of the entertainment business brings along all the old familiar temptations - alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. 


Can the girls resist their vices and stay together? Or will this industry destroy their sanity and their family? 


Inspired by real life events, Craved is a fascinating story of addiction, survival and the art of making a living in the sex trade.


About the Author:


Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine. Her novels are inspired by real-life events. They are meant for the open-minded readers who are not afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen. 


Lola’s debut novel Twisted was released in 2014. The book placed as Honorable Mention in the General Fiction Category of The 2014 London Book Festival’s Annual Competition. 


Lola released Craved, the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted, in August 2015. 


Lola has fascinating stories to share about the experiences of women in the global sex industry. Her thrilling tales will surely shock and surprise you, with both the storyline and literary value. 


Lola lives in South Africa, and is currently working on the third book in her trilogy. To learn more, go to



Tips for Writing New Adult Fiction

New adult fiction is a genre of writing which is growing in popularity; this is in no small part due to its ability to catapult its authors from indie darlings who got their break through word of mouth, to mainstream success stories.

If you’re thinking “hold on isn’t new adult fiction just about vampires, werewolves and dystopian futures?” you’d be wrong; new adult fiction is all about issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices.It’s fast paced and lots of fun; and if you get it right as a self-publisher you could be the next big thing.  Here are some tips to making it in the new adult fiction genre.

In new adult fiction the main characters are all 18 – 25; they are young enough to have no responsibilities, but older enough to have sex!  Anyone outside of this age range is relegated to the supporting cast; the quirky Grandma, the workplace mentor, the father figure Professor-type etc.

As most of the new adult fiction fan base is female, it’s best not to describe your heroine in too much detail; feel free to go into every intimate detail about their love interest and their washboard abs and rippling biceps, but leave your heroine as a blank canvass.  This will allow the reader to fill in the gaps and consciously or sub-consciously imagine themselves in that role.  Keep descriptions brief and abstract; a mention of hair colour here, a body hang up there, etc.

One thing you must do is make her likeable; she’s an aspiring actress or frustrated blogger or journalist.  She likes sex, but she isn’t crude or slutty about it.

New adult fiction has an edge to it and successful authors aren’t afraid to tackle the big issues like domestic violence, sexual deviance, marital “issues” and date-rape.  Yes there is always an element of fantasy to the interpretation of these issues, but new adult fiction authors have certainly proved themselves to be willing to give these stories a happy and empowering ending for women everywhere.


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