June 11

A Way Back to You by Emily Gray Clawson (Author Interview)


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a way backA Way Back to You

What would you do if you were given a second chance?

Annabelle, whom nearly everyone calls Anne, has been stuck in the past for two years. Numbed by grief over her husband’s unexpected death and overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising their three young children alone, Anne agrees to let a friend take the kids for the weekend while she tries to get some much-needed rest at her parent’s home.

But when Anne wakes up the next morning, she is suddenly sixteen again. And it just happens to be the worst day she spent as a teenager.

High school the second time around brings unforeseen changes and frustrations, but remembering that her future husband, Mitch, has just returned from a mission and is living on the other side of town gives Anne hope. Getting Mitch’s attention (for the second time) is more complicated than she could have imagined, but Anne discovers she is stronger than she believed possible—and there just might be a future for her after all.

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emilyAuthor Emily Gray Clawson

Emily Gray Clawson describes herself as an author, mother, and youth mentor. Born and raised in Utah, she is passionate about her faith and great books and will share her love of both with anyone who will listen. Emily began writing at the age of seven, creating homemade picture books that she peddled from door to door. She self-published her first novel, Things Hope For, and is collaborating with Jennifer Graves on a book entitled A Sister’s Witness: The Powell Family Tragedy. With her husband, Richard, Emily founded two youth leadership programs, Handmaidens of Virtue and Mastering Knighthood. Trained in vocal performance in college, she has enjoyed including aspects of her training in this book. Emily and Richard are the parents of four children and live in Taylorsville, Utah.

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Is this your first book or have you published before? A Way Back to You is my first traditionally published book. I have two other books out that I self-published for the LDS Young Women market –  the Of Great Value Series.
Are you working on anything else? I have ADHOS,  Attention Deficit—Oooo, Shiny!  So I skip around a lot. I always have multiple books in process at a time. I work on one until I get to that ugly “I hate this book!” part and then skip to another. I do this juggling act and then find I've finished three books all at the same time. That being said I do have a fun Women's Fiction in process. I can't say too much about it, only that I absolutely LOVE the main character. She's witty and sarcastic and vulnerable and all sorts of things that make me love her. I also am in the process of plotting a romantic YA speculative. We'll see what adventures await me there.
Do you have any advice for authors wanting to publish? Don't give up. Don't ever give up. Learn to do that thing you hate to do and just keep trying. If you don't stop learning and you don't stop trying you WILL make it.
What is your favorite writing snack?  Chocolate (of course) and fruit. I also never say no to good homemade chips and salsa. Mmmmm.

What gets you in the mood to write? Reading, movies and good writing music.

What made you want to write this book?
I was laying in bed one lazy winter morning, thinking about High School. I had a crush on the same boy for years and years. I started thinking, “What would I do differently if I had it to do all over again? How would I treat the people in my life?” That is where the idea started. It morphed from there into something totally unrelated to my life but the spark of that first crush still remains in the pages.

I think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast? 
Good gluten free pancakes with bacon and hashbrowns  – all calorie free. Hey, you said “perfect.”

Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?  My immediate reaction is to say the 1950s. I think there’s an innocence about that time that is very attractive. And the CLOTHES! Sigh. But I don’t like to get caught up in a grass-is-greener mentality so I’m going to enjoy my smart phone and central air conditioning and call it good.
Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book! Heart-pounding romance that’ll make you cry!

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