I was honored to receive an advance copy of Inconceivable! Even though I spend most of my reading time on nonfiction, memoir and therapy books, I gladly admit I could not put down this romantic novel with a heartbreakingly real infertility twist! I truly relished every word and stayed up late too many nights devouring the book.
QUESTION: Inconceivable! seems to be the great combination of romance novel with a bit of education on infertility. What was it about the novel or even romance novel that pulled you in this direction? And why include the infertility struggle in it?
ANSWER: I love to read novels because I think fictional stories are powerful tools for revealing truths. It’s my hope that my novel will illuminate truths about the infertility struggle that those of us who live it have experienced. Through those truths, I want to raise awareness of infertility and increase compassion for people who experience it. As far as writing a romance…Most infertility stories unfold within the context of a romantic relationship. For me and my husband, it felt like infertility interrupted our “happily ever after.” I think it’s like that for a lot of couples. So, I wanted to have the reader invest in a couple’s romantic relationship first before bringing in the infertility storyline. That’s how it happens in real life: you’re going along just fine with your significant other and then BOOM! You can’t achieve this one thing that you both want so much, the thing that society says is the tangible proof that your relationship is valuable. You feel like such a failure. It’s a deeply personal and painful medical challenge.
QUESTION: What phrase in the book are you most proud of?
QUESTION: Did you write in the order it ended up being published in?
QUESTION: Was there a section you struggled the most with to write?
QUESTION: How did you start and finish writing the book? What are your favorite writing tools?
QUESTION: What do you hope readers get out of Inconceivable!?
QUESTION: What other authors do you enjoy reading, look up to or learn the most from?
QUESTION: How much of your story is in Hatty’s?
QUESTION: What is next for Hatty and John?
ANSWER: I’m really focused on telling people about INCONCEIVABLE! Some days, I want to jump up on a roof with a megaphone and yell, “I have a new novel that deals with infertility! I think you’ll enjoy it if you’ve experienced infertility or if someone you know has gone through it!” I’ve completed a second novel, though it’s different in style, tone, and subject matter from INCONCEIVABLE. I’m doing some revisions on it in preparation to begin querying agents after the first of the year.
In closing, I just want to thank you for reading my book, Justine, and for allowing me to share about my book and personal journey. To your wonderful readers: I love to connect with people who are in the infertility and/or adoption communities, so please get in touch!
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