I’ve known Beverley Kendall for quite some time now and I’m happy to call her not only a superb author, but also a good friend. When I heard she was writing a New Adult book, I was desperate to get her on Magical Musings and talk about her new book and a new genre. Welcome Beverley to the blog!
LOL. I don’t know if I’m exactly an expert on this genre. But from what I’ve been able to learn, new adult is that once empty chasm between young adult and adult novels. Think of it this way, it’s what happens to Harry Potter after he becomes a young adult 18-22. After high school there’s college or what have you. These are the years that weren’t really covered in romance novels. Readers went from the 16 year-old age range to protagonists starting in their mid-twenties (heroines) to early to late thirties (heroes). New adult is meant to cover that timeframe in this gap.
You’re known for your historical romances, so this is a new step for you. Did you always plan to write contemporary?
Yes, I definitely always planned to write contemporary novels. Actually, it is what I started writing back when I was in college. I never had any intention of writing historical novels. While I loved reading them, I didn’t want nor thought I could deal with the research that went into writing them. In addition, I didn’t even know if I could come up with a “historical” voice. But even after I got my first contract for Sinful Surrender, I always knew that I would go back to my first love and write contemporaries as well.
Tell us a little about When In Paris.
My original idea for the first book in this series was actually the second book, which is a friends-to-lovers tale. As I was getting to know all the characters in that book, I met Olivia and Zach and they hated each other. The opposite of friends-to-lovers, they were enemies-to-lovers. And once they appeared as characters in the first book, they sort of took over and I knew their love story had to come first. Both plots are tropes I absolutely adore so it was just a matter of fleshing out the characters and their character ARCs.
As for the blurb, that’s just an exercise in torture. I agonized over the two paragraph blurb for about three days. I sent it off to my editor and two of my close author friends (Lori was one). I got all their suggestions back, took what I liked and discarded the rest. I then went on to continue to tweak it for another three weeks until I was finally satisfied. That’s when I committed to what would be on the back cover of the print book. Simple right?
What will your next release focus on?
I have two books I’m working on. First is a historical Twice the Temptation, the first book in The Temptresses series but it also continues my first series The Elusive Lords. The second is Those Nights in Montreal, an enovella in my new adult series Language of Love. It follows WHEN IN PARIS… and is Rebecca and Scott’s love story.
Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a single mother and I’m extremely lucky because I’m able to write full-time. In my spare time (of which I have none), I ran The Season website and blog. Last week I made the hard decision to let the website and blog go. Running both was taking up too much time and I really needed to concentrate on getting more books out. Plus, I love writing more than I do playing with code and running a blog. I will miss playing with code though. With running the site out of the way, I’ll be able to spend more time with my son, knit and sew, things I really missed doing when I had so much on my plate.
I want to thank the ladies of Magical Musings for having me, especially my host Lori Brighton. It’s been so much fun. Also, I’m giving away 3 digital copies of WHEN IN PARIS…. Comment and enter to win.