Saturday, September 10, 2016

0 Julia Day, author of THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE, on experimenting with what you do well

We're excited to have Julia Day with us to chat about her novel THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE.

Julia, what scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

Before the book begins, Eden had gone on a date where the guy attempted an assault. He picked the wrong girl, though, because she fought him off and escaped. When her new friend Mundy mentions rumors about the date, Eden has to relive the whole horrific event. Although she’d stopped the jerk before he succeeded, the humiliation lingers on. I had something similar happen to me in my twenties. I thought I had dealt with the issues, but feeling Eden’s pain brought it all back. I had to start and stop the scene several times because it ached so much to remember.

A scene I loved writing was Eden’s second date with Ash. He takes her ice skating. He’s an expert and she’s never tried—but she’s so competitive that she won’t give up until she’s mastered the skill. It was so much fun to watch them banter, argue, and learn to adore each other even more.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Just write. Write all the time. And it doesn’t really matter what you write. Good writing can appear in many forms. Short stories. Poetry. Blog posts. Email messages. Fan fic. Experiment with what you do well. Keep working on things that you don’t do well. Enjoy the process of turning your ideas and passions into something others can read. And don’t second-guess yourself. The more you write, the more you’ll sharpen your writing voice. That’s what you need most to be published—an amazing voice telling stories in a way that is uniquely yours.

What are you working on now?
I’m writing a new YA contemporary romance, set during a summer musical theater camp. The heroine and hero are both on the backstage crew, creating the magic that lets the actors shine. She’s an assistant to the director, and he’s the stage manager (the person who really runs the show.) I’m still immersed in the research for this book. A local high school has agreed to let me observe their teen conservatory, so I’m gathering a lot of fun details for how a theater camp works—as well as some great, dramatic ideas for plot twists.


The Possibility of Somewhere
by Julia Day
St. Martin's Griffin
Released 9/6/2016

Ash Gupta is having an amazing senior year, hanging out with his tight circle of friends and cranking out the grades his wealthy, immigrant Asian-Indian parents expect. A model student in every way, Ash is on track to earn every school honor there is... except one. It looks as if valedictorian will go to the anti-social, foul-mouthed girl who has been a thorn in his side throughout high school, and that’s just not a part of Ash’s—or his parents’—plan.

Eden Moore’s biggest goal is to escape the poverty that haunts her family. When she’s not babysitting a special needs boy, managing the high school website, or attending classes, she’s studying her ass off. Her perfect GPA should be enough to win her the class valedictorian title, and with it, an endorsement for the full-ride Peyton Scholarship. Eden’s sure this is her chance to get out of her dead-end town and her trailer-park life for good, until she discovers that the arrogant, rich Ash also wants the title and the scholarship that will come along with it—for the prestige.

To both of their surprise, when Eden and Ash are forced to work together on a school project, sparks fly. As they spend more time together, antagonism changes to romance. They start a secret relationship, even though they’re on opposite sides of nearly every social hierarchy their friends and families can imagine—race, class, social status.

Can they put all that behind them and start something real?

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Julia Day was born in Tennessee, raised in Mississippi, and now calls North Carolina her home. She has two twenty-something daughters, one old husband, and too many computers to count. When she’s not writing stories or software, she’s traveling to distant places or watching dance reality shows on TV.

The Possibility of Somewhere is Julia’s first YA contemporary romance. She also writes YA paranormal as Elizabeth Langston.


Have you had a chance to read THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE yet? Has a personal experience made it difficult for you to write a scene? Do you enjoy the process of turning your ideas and passions into something others can read? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Shelly, Martina, Anisaa, Sam, Erin, Susan, Michelle, Laura, and Kristin

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