Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Your One & Only (Adrianne Finlay)

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Hello! Today YABC is hosting the blog tour stop for Adrianne Finlay's 
 
Your One & Only
 
Read on for more about Adrianne, an interview, and a tour-wide giveaway!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Adrianne Finlay!
 
 
I received my PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, I now live in Cedar Falls, Iowa with my husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and our two young daughters. I'm an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa and the Program Director of Creative Writing. I teach creative writing, composition, and literature classes. One of the really fun classes I teach is Adolescent Lit, where we read some of my favorite authors: Lois Lowry, S.E. Hinton, Robert Cormier, Laurie Halse Anderson, Walter Dean Myers. I change this list up a lot by adding new releases and various titles just to keep things interesting. Because I don't have enough to do (ha ha), I also make soap, lotion, and lip balm with my partner Rachel under the name Semisweet Soaps. We sell our products locally, raising money for Type 1 diabetes research.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Your One & Only!
 

Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?


While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

 

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YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I came up with idea after reading an article about the ethical implications of cloning a Neanderthal. It talked about how, even if we had the capability, it would be morally irresponsible, because the resulting being would have no connection to our modern world—no community, no family, no culture. I was drawn to the idea of a story about a character so out of place, the only one of his kind. Instead of writing a Neanderthal clone, I imagined a future world where humanity had evolved in some fundamental way, and then that world is introduced to a 21st century human.

 

 

YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel came first! It actually had a different working title, a reference from the Bob Dylan song Gates of Eden, but I wanted the title to be punchier and more compelling. I struggled for about a week, and then one day I was riding in the car with my five and seven year old listing to the radio station they’d picked. I started to think, what would the title of my book be if it were a pop song? That’s when I came up with Your One & Only, which is perfect!

 

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

One thing I’ve learned, and for everything I write seem to have to re-learn, is to not make things easy for my characters. Sometimes I’ll find I’m sympathetic to them, and I feel bad for them, and I just want thing to work out. But of course, that doesn’t lead to change, tension, or action, all things necessary for good storytelling. So I have to suck it up and make my characters suffer, and then make them suffer more.    

 

 

YABC:  What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love that it conveys both the romance of the story, and it’s science fiction elements. The hearts are symbolically romantic, but the center heart is breaking apart, exploding actually, and the strands of DNA inside let you know that the love story will be unique and complicated.

 

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?

I can’t wait to read The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton. It’s the kind of culturally relevant, world-building science fiction that I like to read, which also happens to be the kind of science fiction I like to write. I’m also looking forward to Alexa Donne’s Brightly Burning, which is Jane Eyre in space. I can’t think of anything cooler!

 

 

YABC:  What was your favorite book in 2017?

It came out in 2015, but I just read and loved N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. It has everything I enjoy in science fiction—intricate world-building, great characters, twists, and mystery.

 

 

 

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

There’s a scene where Jack feels betrayed and used. It was emotional to write because Jack’s whole life he’s always been an outcast. He wants to be accepted by the clones, and they never really accept him. It was sad to let him be happy for such a brief time, and then to break his heart.

 

YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

That’s a hard questions, because there are things I love about both. When I’m drafting, when it’s going well, it feels like reading a great book. I’m excited to see what happens next, and enjoy inhabiting the world of the book. But I also love revising, and I’m pretty good at it. I especially like cutting things, both scenes and words, that aren’t necessary or don’t add to the story. Sometimes while drafting, writers spell everything out simply because they’re figuring the story out as they go. That’s the kind of stuff that needs to be edited out later. Digging out the skeleton of the story feels like it makes the story clean and precise.

 
 
 

YABC:   Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

Yes! With my partner Rachel, I make soap, lotion, and lip balm and sell it locally to raise money for type 1 diabetes research. Rachel’s son Henry was diagnosed with type 1 when he was three years old, and together we’ve raised thousands of dollars for the JDRF, The Bionic Pancreas, and Beyond Type 1.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Your One & Only

By: Adrianne Finlay

Publishing Date: February 6th, 2018

Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers

 

 

 

 

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 Three winners will each receive a copy of Your One & Only (Adrianne Finlay)

  

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/29/2018- YA Books CentralInterview

1/30/2018- Angelic Book ReviewsReview

1/31/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

2/1/2018- LILbooKloversReview

2/2/2018- Savings in SecondsReview

Week Two:

2/5/2018- Books and LaddersGuest Post

2/6/2018- Read. Eat. Love.Review

2/7/2018- BookHounds YAInterview

2/8/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview

2/9/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview

 

 

 

 

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Dianna G. on Monday, 29 January 2018 19:31

My kids and I were talking about the ethics of cloning....I think this is a very relevant topic in today's world. Really like the cover and the idea of having parts of a whole.

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My kids and I were talking about the ethics of cloning....I think this is a very relevant topic in today's world. Really like the cover and the idea of having parts of a whole.
Mindy on Monday, 29 January 2018 22:36

I really the concept of this book!

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I really the concept of this book!
Kara S on Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:05

I read a review where this book was compared to the work of the late and great Ursula K. Le Guin. WOWSA! That must feel good as a writer! Cheers, Kara S

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I read a review where this book was compared to the work of the late and great Ursula K. Le Guin. WOWSA! That must feel good as a writer! Cheers, Kara S
Penny Olson on Saturday, 10 February 2018 23:38

The cover is really cool. I find the story very thought provoking and interesting.

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The cover is really cool. I find the story very thought provoking and interesting.

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