Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Like It Never Happened Blog Tour: Author Interview with Emily Adrian!

Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, High School, Chick Lit, Theatre, Fiction
Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian’s The List, and E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

Tell us a little about Like It Never Happened.

It’s about high school thespian Rebecca Rivers trying to figure out who she is, when all she knows for sure is that she loves pretending to be someone else. It’s about crossing lines and falling for the wrong people. It’s about family, and friendship, and being a girl, and rethinking your assumptions about everyone around you.

Do you see yourself in Rebecca? Did you add traits that you yourself possess?

To some extent! We’re both overly confident in particular ways—and, otherwise, nervous wrecks. We have similar and sort of irreverent senses of humour. We both had a bad time at summer camp. But Rebecca is more sincere than I am. Also, I would be a terrible actress.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write a lot. And when you’re first starting out, don’t worry about form—like whether you’re writing a short story, or a novel, or an essay, or a memoir. Just write what you want to say.

Did this story idea come to you fully formed or did you have to work at it?

I had to work at it for a long time.

What has been your favourite book of 2015?

Probably The Girls From Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe.

What are you currently working on that your readers can look forward to?

A new YA! It’s very different from Like It Never Happened, content wise, but it has a similar voice and a similar balance between plot and theme.

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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 worked as a receptionist while secretly writing books.

Emily currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their dog named Hank. Like It Never Happened is her debut novel.


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