I’m a HUGE fan of Emery Lord’s and am so honored to be apart of her epic blog tour. Emery is a talented YA writer, and her new book When We Collided (available today!) is an incredible new addition to the contemporary book world.
Read below for Emery’s insights about how she sees herself in her characters.
When We Collided Blog Tour
About When We Collided
Title & Author: When We Collided by Emery Lord
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Description:“Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.
Vivi is in love with life. Charming and unfiltered, she refuses to be held down by the medicine she’s told should make her feel better. After meeting Jonah, she slides into the Daniels’ household seamlessly, winning over each sibling with her imagination and gameness. But it’s not long before Vivi’s zest for life begins to falter. Soon her adventurousness becomes all-out danger-seeking.
Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah’s love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn’t enough?”
About Emery Lord
Emery Lord is the author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes. Visit her online at www.emerylord.com and on Twitter at @emerylord.
Guest Post from Emery Lord
I was very “Vivi” as a kid and even high school—creative and energetic and outgoing, every emotion worn on my skin. This is maybe silly to say, but I cringe at and admire the girl I was in equal measure. After college, I became much more like Jonah—partially due to, like Jonah, a year of intense grieving. I’m introverted, I deeply dislike being center of attention, and I prefer having a routine.
But one of the personal joys of writing this book was realizing I still had that bright, unselfconscious voice and perspective somewhere in me. It appeared immediately and completely when I went to write Viv. Like the girl who was full of wonder and whimsy had been waiting.
True to Gemini form, I think Vivi and Jonah represent two different parts of me. And ever since I started writing the book in 2013, I’ve been better about balancing those parts of myself: the Vivi-like wonder and the Jonah-like pragmatism. It’s the Jonah part that establishes a schedule and cleans my house and thinks deeply about things. It’s the Vivi part that scraps the plans & flies a kite in the park instead, plays with my baby niece without glancing at any screens, wears things that make me happy even if they aren’t practical.
I guess what I mean is that my Jonah qualities are helpful for living a grounded, stable life. My Vivi qualities are good for making sure I enjoy it.
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