Novelist Emily Conrad releases her debut book Justice today. Emily is my poetry buddy and friend, and this interview is the first time we met face to face, sort of…virtually. Justice is fabulous for so many reasons, my favorite ones being: 1. Emily is a master of writing romantic tension and dialogue, 2. She tackles tough topics with grace, 3. This book is set in a quaint small town coffee shop and I could smell the deliciousness the whole time I was reading.
I also love that Emily was totally up for talking on a screen. Hearing the heart of an author and listening to their voice can connect us to their work and deepen our experience with the story.
Emily and I chat about…
- What a yodeler had to do with her getting into writing.
- The premise of Justice and how she used classic storylines from the Bible to help structure it.
- Her foreign exchange student from China.
- Falling for her heroes and uncooperative characters.
- The mashup of coffee shops and a historic bank building that came together to be her main setting in the book.
- What success as an author means to her.
- How God’s plans were different than hers for the book.
- How she stays inspired as a creative.
- What it was like working in her brother’s food truck in the name of writer-ly research.
- And much more!
Hear Emily Conrad’s heart behind her novel Justice in the full video interview HERE. (The video freezes for a few seconds at 1:26 but stick with us.)
Connect with Emily at her blog.
Now for the giveaway…
Because Justice is set in a coffee shop, Emily is giving away a bag of salted caramel coffee to one randomly-chosen person who leaves a comment on this post by 3/11/18 at 12:00 AM CST.
COMMENT: Would you rather read for an hour in a coffee shop or take a walk around a lake?
The winner will be announced in a comment on this post on 3/12/18 and will need to email Emily with a valid mailing address within one week. U.S. Addresses only. Void where prohibited.
Holy coffee beans, I can smell the java already!