New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20 angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. We're kicking things off with J.A. Redmerski's tale of a girl who gambles with her future to forget her past, The Edge of Never.
Tell us a little about The Edge of Never.
The Edge of Never is the story of two lost and damaged souls who find friendship and love and learn about the frailty of life when they meet by chance on a Greyhound bus. As they learn more about each other and themselves, they form a tight bond that later proves unbreakable. My aim with the story was to make people understand that there's more to life than the monotony of everyday routines, but also that there's true love out there for everyone, even in the unlikeliest of places. You just have to have an open mind and don't let it pass you by when you see it because you're afraid of change.
Which scene from the story is closest to your heart?
A scene in The Edge of Never that really hits home with me was when Camryn's best friend chose her boyfriend and his word over Camryn. Something similar happened to me and I lost my best friend because of that.
An excerpt from the scene:
How did this happen? Years of inseparable friendship—I cleaned up after the girl’s stomach bug, for Christ’s sake!—and she tosses me out like a moldy leftovers. She’s just hurting, I try to tell myself. She’s just in denial right now and I need to give her time to let the truth sink in. She’ll come around, she’ll dump his ass and she’ll apologize to me and drag me back to The Underground looking to find both of us new guys. But I don’t really believe anything I’m saying, or rather, the less rational, wounded part of me won’t let me see past the angry red.
Can you elaborate on how this scene ties into your own past?
I had a best friend who I grew up with and we had known each other since we were kids. One night when I was about twenty-three, I went out to a nightclub with her and her boyfriend. I was their roommate at the time. Well, at the club, her boyfriend made a pass at me and the next day, I told her about it. Things didn't go down as harshly as they did with Camryn and Natalie in The Edge of Never, but needless to say, that was the end our long friendship. They stayed together and I moved out of their house and that was pretty much the last time I ever saw her.
Ah, the complications when love and BFFs intersect. We can relate. Do you have a story similar to J.A.? Let us know in the comments below. And make sure to pick up a copy of The Edge of Never, available digitally and in print now. And visit the RT Daily Blog all week for more from Forever's New Adult authors.