Author Chat with Jillian Cantor (The Code For Love and Heartbreak) Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Jillian Cantor author of
The Code For Love and Heartbreak.
Read on for more about Jillian and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Jillian Cantor!
Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from The University of Arizona. She is the USA Today bestselling author of ten novels for both teens and adults, including most recently, IN ANOTHER TIME, which was a March 2019 Indie Next pick. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Jillian currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons. You can find out more about her here: www.jilliancantor.com.
Meet The Code For Love and Heartbreak!
From bestselling author Jillian Cantor comes a smart, edgy update of Jane Austen's beloved classic Emma.
Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma's sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers...those you can count on. (No pun intended.)
Emma's senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far they can take her. When she and George, her Coding Club co-president, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born—a matchmaking app that goes far beyond swiping, using algorithms to calculate compatibility. George disapproves of Emma's idea, accusing her of meddling in people's lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.
Emma's code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other and her own feelings defy any algorithm? Emma thought math could solve everything. But there's nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love.
~ Author Chat ~
- What gave you the inspiration to write this book? I’ve always loved Jane Austen’s Emma and I’ve long wanted to write a retelling. But what inspired me in terms of making my Emma a coder and making this a STEM focused retelling was watching years and years of my kids in robotics tournaments. I loved watching how much the teams knew about robotics and tech and how they worked toward competitions, so that was my inspiration for having my characters be in a coding club.
- Who is your favorite character in the book? I love Emma, of course, because she’s the main character, and she’s so brilliant in so many ways but also sometimes really struggles to connect with other people (and as an introvert myself, I get that.). But I also really love Jane! Jane seems so unlikeable at first, especially in Emma’s eyes, but she has a lot of layers. Her gruffness comes from a place of deep insecurity and she’s pretty loveable once you get to know her.
- Which came first, the title or the novel? The title! Which has never happened to me before. Usually I struggle to find the right title and don’t have one until midway through the first draft, and sometimes the title even changes after I’m finished with the book. But as soon as I had the idea that I’d write an Emma retelling with my Emma as a coder, The Code for Love and Heartbreak came to me. It was the title before I even wrote a word.
- Do you have a favorite writing snack? I love to have a cup of coffee (or 3!) when I write in the morning, which is usually my best and most productive writing time. I don’t snack so much while I’m writing but more when I get up to take a break. Popcorn is always a favorite!
- Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now? It’s tough to say just one thing, because I’ve learned a lot. But patience is a big one for me, in terms of both the writing and publishing. I think my best writing comes through a long process, lots of revisions and lots of editorial input and collaboration. So just learning to be patient with myself and the process, and realizing that getting a book right takes time and a lot of revision.
- What do you like most about the cover of the book? I love the font for the title! It’s so eye-catching and I think it incorporates the perfect feel for what the book is about too. I also absolutely love the colors.
- What’s up next for you? I have an adult historical novel called Half Life coming out in March 2021. It’s a novel about Marie Curie, but it’s told in two timelines: one, following her real life story and the other following the woman she might have become if she’d made one different choice in her early 20s. So it’s kind of Marie Curie meets Sliding Doors.
- Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book? There is an audiobook, which will also be out this fall!
- Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising? Revising for sure! Drafting often feels like something I just have to push myself through so I can get to the fun part of fleshing out the characters and adding details and really making sense of the plot. Revising is where I get to dig in and do the more interesting work and I love seeing everything come together.
The Code For Love and Heartbreak
By: Jillian Cantor
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: October 6th, 2020
Three winners will receive a copy of The Code For Love and Heartbreak (Jillian Cantor) ~ (US Only)
*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*
Very well written post and very helpful to me. I wanted to read more posts like this great.
gun mayhem 2