Jul 4, 2018
Emily Giffin is the author
of eight New York Times bestselling
novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof,
Love the One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The
One & Only, and First Comes Love. Her most
recent novel is All We Ever Wanted. Her books have been
translated into thirty-one languages, with over eleven million
copies sold worldwide. In addition, five of her novels have
been optioned for film and are in various stages of development.
Her first novel, Something Borrowed, was released as a
film in 2011, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John
Krasinski. Emily practiced litigation in New York for several
years before being published. She earned a bachelor's degree
in history and in English from Wake Forest University and a J.D.
from the University of Virginia School of Law.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the
life and career of a best-selling novelist.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Emily describes who she
is and what her novels are about.
- She considers the role of
class, race and privilege in her current novel.
- She explains how higher stakes in her life are
influencing her writing.
- Emily addresses whether she is projecting a
- She answers whether she feels like a character
in her own novels.
- She considers whether her commercial success
limits her as a writer.
- Emily talks about the pressure she feels in
her career and the sentence that strikes the most fear in her
- She discusses whether melancholy is necessary
for good art.
- She reveals the epilogue she changed in her
- Emily shares what's on her mind when she can't
- She talks about how a formative childhood
experience shapes her writing.
- She identifies the character in her novels
whose childhood most closely mirrors her own.
- Emily shares what she thinks about when she thinks about
Wake Forest University.
- She explains what she learned as a law student
that informs her work as a novelist.
- She talks about her life as a lawyer and the decision
that changed her life.
- Emily discusses the profession she thinks she
would be really good at practicing (other than being a writer) and
whether she writes characters as types.
- She shares what she wants more of in her
- She answers whether she can imagine a protagonist of hers that
is alone and fulfilled.
- Emily reveals what matters most.
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