Thursday, May 10, 2018

0 Emily Adrian, author of THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, on the difficulty of writing a polished manuscript before knowing if it will be published

We are so excited to have Emily Adrian stop by and tell us more about her latest novel, THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

Emily, what was your inspiration for writing THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE?

I took a lot of inspiration from my own life at Audrey’s age, which was not entirely conventional or straightforward. When I was about sixteen, I was deeply unhappy at my high school; I ended up dropping out after my sophomore year, getting a GED, getting my first job, and moving out of my parents’ house. Having so much independence at that age meant figuring out who I was, and what I wanted, very fast. When I was writing about Audrey facing some of those same challenges, I often thought back to that intense chapter of my own life.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

This will be my second published novel, but it was the fifth manuscript I finished. Before my debut in 2015, I wrote two novels that were never picked up, and in between my debut and THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, I wrote another that hasn’t yet been published. Definitely the hardest thing about being an author is having to write polished, book-length manuscripts before you find out if you’ll ever see the book in print (or if you’ll ever get paid for it!).

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

My writing ritual changed dramatically between the day I started writing THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE and the day I finished it. Halfway through the process, I got pregnant, had a baby, and moved from a big city in Canada to a rural town in the states. Before my son was born, I worked in my apartment and in libraries and coffee shops all around the city of Toronto. Now, I write at home while my son naps. It can be frustrating to have so little control over my own schedule, but it’s extremely satisfying when the baby wakes up just as I’m finishing a scene!


The Foreseeable Future
by Emily Adrian
Dial Books
Released 5/8/2018

Audrey's life has been planned out for her since she was born, and now she's supposed to attend Whedon College in the fall, where both of her parents work. But Audrey has a different plan in mind: She's not going to attend college at all. She's going to earn some money and move to Seattle, the city she's loved since she was a child. And the best way to earn that money is by working the night shift at the local nursing home.

Seth O'Malley works there, too, and a romance quickly blossoms between them. But things get complicated when Audrey saves the life of Cameron Suzuki, Seth's ex. A video of her performing CPR at the beach goes viral, and suddenly, Audrey's wanted for TV interviews and newspaper articles. And just when Audrey starts to love life at the nursing home--and life with Seth--Seattle comes knocking. Does she follow the path she set out for herself, even when it means leaving behind Seth and the cast of quirky patients she's come to care for? Or does she embrace a future with Seth--at least for the foreseeable future--at the cost of abandoning her dreams?

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Emily Adrian was born in 1989 in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Portland State University, she moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she spent seven years writing books, wondering the city, and wrangling a large dog named Hank. As of 2017, Emily and Hank live in Ohio with Emily's husband, Dan, and their son Wesley.


Have you had a chance to read THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE yet? How do you motivate yourself to get to the end of a project? What do you find the most fulfilling? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Charlotte, Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Anisaa, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

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