Lisa O'Donnell

The Young, The New, and the Restless by Rebecca Howard

Do you read New Adult (NA) fiction? Although coined by St. Martin’s Press in 2009, I’ve only begun regularly hearing and seeing this phrase in the past year or so.  New Adult fiction is touted as a way of bridging the gap between Young Adult (YA) and Adult Fiction.  Characters are generally between the ages of 18-26 and are experiencing “new adult” kind of things—going away to college, beginning a career, a serious relationship.

The Voices in My Head by Rebecca Howard

There are characters in fiction that occupy my head, and I suspect you have these too.   Serious readers take their fiction seriously and rightly so.  Fiction can shine a light on different facets of reality and speak to emotional, spiritual and universal truths.  I love it when an author creates such developed and distinctive characters that they remain with you for weeks, months, and even years after you complete a novel.  There are the classic characters, of course, that many people would cite as being indelible—Heathcliff, Pip, Elizabeth Bennett, Jay Gatsby, Atticus Finch, the list goe