Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Sharing joys with Emma Noyes...plus a book giveaway

Credit: Magdalena Iskra
Today we are pleased to welcome Emma Noyes to CLC. We are celebrating the publication of her debut adult novel, Guy's Girl. We enjoyed getting to know Emma and gearing up for Halloween with her. Thanks to Berkley, we have one copy of Guy's Girl for a lucky reader!

Emma Noyes told her mother she wanted to be an author when she was six. She grew up in a suburb outside Chicago and attended Harvard University, where she studied history & literature. She started her career at a beer company, but left because she wanted to write about mermaids and witches—eventually publishing her first YA fantasy series, The Sunken City. She now lives in Chicago with her Swedish boyfriend and miniature Pomeranian. 

Visit Emma online:
Website * Instagram * TikTok

Ginny Murphy is a total guy’s girl. She’s always found friendships with boys easier to form and keep drama-free – as long as they don’t fall for her, and she doesn’t fall for them. She and her best guy friends have stuck to that. But then she meets Adrian Silvas, the only one who’s ever made her crave more, and Ginny begins to question her own rules. 

Piece by piece, Ginny and Adrian begin to fall into something intoxicating, something dangerous. Ginny threatens to destroy the belief Adrian's held ever since witnessing his own mother’s heartbreak: that love isn’t worth the risk. For Ginny, the stakes could be even higher. Letting Adrian get close could mean exposing a secret she’s long protected: her disordered eating.

"Emma Noyes' stunning adult debut is raw, real, and an emotional page-turner that will stay with you long after the last page. This love story is a must read."
—Krista & Becca Ritchie, New York Times bestselling authors

"Heartbreaking and romantic, Guy’s Girl is a beautifully written and authentically raw story about the human journey through trauma, self-exploration and self-love."
—Samantha Young, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

"Emma Noyes completely captivated me with her spectacular debut! Guy's Girl is an honest, no-holds-barred look at life as a twenty something struggling to find love and find herself. Noyes deftly handles incredibly tough topics with care and sincerity, culminating in a sparkling work of fiction that I could not stop thinking about. This one stuck with me long after I finished the final page!"
—Falon Ballard, author of Just My Type

In one sentence, what was the road to publishing like for you?
You know the movie Mad Max: Fury Road?

How is Ginny similar to or different from you?

Oh, this is hard. Because Ginny goes through so many of the things that I’ve also experienced, there was quite a bit of blurring the lines between fiction and reality for this book. We’re alike in the obvious ways such as recovery from eating disorders and finding it easier to make friends with guys rather than girls, but there was quite a bit of fantasy that went into creating her character, too. When I wrote her ending, I was writing the ending I also wanted for myself (and that I certainly hadn’t found yet).

If Guy's Girl were made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?
I love this question. I think about it all the time. My dream Adrian is Timothee Chalamet, without question. Ginny is a bit tougher—maybe Elle Fanning? I loved The Great so much. She’s astonishing in it. Additionally, I would write myself in as an extra in the Hungary scenes so I would have an excuse to go back to Budapest. Tehe.

Which TV series are you currently binge watching?

I am always, at any given moment, either fully or sort-of watching The Vampire Diaries. Since it’s autumn right now (aka vampire season) and my fiancé is a good sport, we’re already on season five.

Share a funny Halloween memory with us.
Here’s one: In a closet in my childhood home, we have a life-size gorilla costume that my brother John always wore for Halloween. Once he was old enough to stay home and give out candy instead of trick-or-treating, he used to put the gorilla costume on and sit completely still next to the front door, pretending to be a decoration. Then, when kids drew near and reached for the doorbell, he would leap up from his chair and scare the living daylights out of them. It was hilarious to watch. 

What is your favorite candy to receive on Halloween?

Reese’s cups!!! 

Thanks to Emma for chatting with us and to Berkley for sharing her book with our readers.

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Rita Wray said...

When my kids were little, I took them out to trick or treat. We went by my daughter's friend's house, there were decorations on the front lawn. My daughter saw one dummy laying there and she kicked it. We didn't realize it was her friend. lol

traveler said...

Halloween was such a great time when we were young. We walked through the neighborhood on our own each year. The decorations, goodies, and walk was memorable. No cars, no worries, just fun.

Toni Laliberte said...

One Halloween when my youngest son was around 5 years old, after trick or treating at probably 10 houses, looked at me and said, "I have enough candy. Can we go home now?" He didn't really get the concept of trick or treating. Lol! As he grew older, he still really didn't like it, but he did it. It just struck me as so funny for a kid to want to stop trick or treating and go home. 🤷‍♀️

Jess R said...

When I was 10 I was sitting on my teenage babysitters kitchen counter helping her make popcorn balls. She grabbed a bottle of corn syrup out of the cabinet next to where I was sitting and accidently whacked me in the mouth...knocking out my front tooth!!! It happened to be on a weekend so I made the most of my missing front tooth and was a hillbilly for Halloween..missing tooth and all!

diannekc said...

On Halloween we couldn't wait to get home to go trick or treating. We would be gone for hours and stop home to unload some of the candy and go back out. So different than now days and our parents have to go with us.

Lisa D said...

We live in a neighborhood where a lot of people don't open the door to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, so as kids we used to go trick-or-treating the night before Halloween and it worked really well as no-one would be expecting us!

Mary Preston said...

At one Halloween party EVERYONE dressed up as witches. It was brilliant.

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