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Blog Tour: The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day (Author Interview)

on August 29, 2016

Today I’m super excited to kick off the promotional tour for The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day. This upcoming contemporary young adult novel features different type of characters which shows diversity in fiction.

I had so much fun reading Ash and Eden’s story which makes me excited for readers to experience the same thing when the book hit shelves this coming September. But before that here’s Julia answering few questions for me. I hope you all enjoy the interview.

Interview with Julia Day

Your previous published novels are under a different name. Why use a pseudo name for The Possibility of Somewhere?

My other books are YA paranormal, and they’re definitely at the sweet end of the spectrum. Since this is my first YA contemporary, I liked the idea of having a different pen name as I write contemporary stories that might not be as sweet.

Is there a special/particular reason for picking Julia Day as a new pen name?

Yes, it’s all about my family. Julia is a mash-up of my daughters’ names. Day is derived from my husband’s name. I couldn’t be an author without their support, and this pen name gave me a way to honor them.

Has your approach to writing changed since your first novel published?

I think that writing is similar in many ways to being an athlete. You practice and train. When you fail, you figure out what you did wrong and go at it again. You rely on coaches (editors). And the harder you work, the better you get. Each time you try something new, your approach has to change.

Is The Possibility of Somewhere easier or harder to write than your other novels?

My first series was a time-travel, so half of the story was set in the 18th century. It took a huge amount of historical research, but I still found writing time-travel easier than contemporary. I think that’s because the past (mostly) stays the same. Once I’ve collected the research, I don’t have to worry about it changing on me.

In a contemporary world, nothing ever stays the same. Technology will not sit still. Education, music, trends, language—they’re constantly evolving. Teens are evolving too and—in many ways—creating the change. As an author, I have to work overtime to get that right.

What techniques do you employ to write productively?

I hate to admit it, but my writing process is pretty chaotic. I’m disciplined in my day job as a software engineer. And if my family needs anything, I’m there. But writing is something that I do best when I feel relaxed and can let the words flow at their own pace.

Racial discrimination is a common theme in fictions, and The Possibility of Somewhere has this theme too. What do you think a novel can accomplish in adding theme like this? Is there a particular thing you hope readers will learn from reading The Possibility of Somewhere?

Any “ism”—whether it’s racism, classism, or sexism—bubbles up from fear and ignorance. When people don’t understand a person who is different from them, they sometimes allow fear to muffle their curiosity. Books give readers a way to experience differences. We don’t have to agree with a character’s choices, but at least we’ve had the opportunity to understand why they made them.

Instead of learning from this book, I’d like for readers to feel. What is it like to be judged for something that’s out of our control? How does it feel to have your love rejected simply because you live in the wrong location? If readers can feel that from this book, it will be enough.

Aside from racism, The Possibility of Somewhere have a strong focus on family. How much does this reflect your own life?

My family is the center of my world. Both of my daughters are in their twenties now and live within a half-hour’s drive. One is in college. The other is working in her first job. They are both such amazing young women, and they still choose to spend time with their parents. I’m so grateful for that.

What’s next for you after The Possibility of Somewhere? Is there any project you are working on or planning to write next?

I’m writing a second YA contemporary romance for St Martin’s. This one takes place during the summer, in a teen theater camp. The main character joins the backstage crew and becomes the reluctant assistant to the guy who runs the show. This book doesn’t have a title yet and should be available in Fall 2017.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia DayJULIA DAY lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two twenty-something daughters and one geeky old husband. When she’s not writing software or stories, Julia enjoys traveling with her family, watching dance reality shows on TV, and dreaming about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.

Find Julia

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Possibility of SomewhereBook Details:
Title:  The Possibility of Somewhere
Author: Julia Day
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: September 06, 2016
Format: Hardcover $18.99 ISBN: 9781250097354, Ebook ISBN: 9781250097361

In her contemporary YA debut, THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE (St. Martin’s Griffin; September 6, 2016), Julia Day uses Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to frame a sweet story about two overachieving high school students who want more than their small hometown has to offer. Ash and Eden are fighting their parents’ expectations, their school social status, and each other for the valedictorian spot, but when they are forced to work on a class project together – something seems to change.

Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he’s admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There’s only one obstacle in Ash’s path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden’s ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college– and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks… When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream – one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

With a cast of characters that feel very real, from an autistic four-year-old boy Eden babysits to the new girl in school who shakes things up, THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE is a look back into the awkward period in high school when the future is in transit. A touching back to school read about first relationships, Day’s contemporary YA debut will have you falling in love.

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2 responses to “Blog Tour: The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day (Author Interview)

  1. Alyssa says:

    I read the ARC of the book too! And it’s just so magical! I love the story so much! I liked the interview, it’s really nice to know that she used a pseudo name for this!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Khayla says:

    nice interview. love all the questions and answers. Thanks for sharing

    Like

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