Sophie Jordan isn’t just a great friend of mine, she’s a very talented author. Most of you know her for her YA New York Times best-selling Firelight series. But she has also started a new series called The Ivy Chronicles, and the first book, Foreplay, is available today. Unlike Firelight, this series is New Adult. What does that mean? Well, I’ll let Sophie explain that in detail, but basically, it means this series isn’t meant for all of you. It’s for those of you who are a little older. I was lucky enough to read the first book in her series, Foreplay before it’s release, and I loved it. So,I asked Sophie to share a little about Foreplay with us.
Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.
Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…
Sophie and I sat down together so she could answer a few of my question about Foreplay.
1. Your newest book, Foreplay, is described as “new adult.” How does new adult differ from young adult, and what is your target audience?
Sophie: My target audience is 18+. New Adult features a hero and heroine typically between the ages of 18-25. That means the setting is often college … just because that’s where a lot of 18-25 year-olds happen to be. It’s an exciting time of life to write about. It’s really the first time the heroine is engaging in a relationship with a guy that really matters. There is no safety net/parents to fall back on. It’s probably the heroine’s first grown-up relationship. Her mistakes are bigger … emotions are bigger, more intense. And I love that! Love writing BIG stories with BIG emotions.
2. You started your career as a teacher. Do you think that experience helps you to relate to young/new adults better? If so, how?
Sophie: I think so. I definitely heard (and saw firsthand) my share of teenage anecdotes! Plenty of fodder for fiction. 🙂
3. Tell us a bit about your lead character, Pepper. What is she like?
Sophie: Pepper is a hybrid of me and all my college friends rolled into one. So fun to write!! She’s very identifiable — a girl who is finally coming out of her shell and experiencing the world and life as an adult.
4. Your NYT best-selling Firelight series involved a pride of dragons. Are there any paranormal elements to Foreplay?
Sophie: No, no paranormal elements. It’s just fun, realistic straight-up contemporary fiction.
Foreplay is currently available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Indie Bound. And as a special treat, Sophie said I could reveal her new really cool book trailer for Foreplay. I hope you enjoy it, and I also hope those of you that are older read Sophie Jordan’s Foreplay.