"An engaging read...full of drama."
—School Library Journal
“Eden will lure readers with her willful refusal to allow poverty and hardship to define or limit her.”
In her contemporary YA debut, THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEWHERE (St. Martin’s Griffin; September 6, 2016), Julia Day uses Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to frame a sweet story about two overachieving high school students who want more than their small hometown has to offer. Ash and Eden are fighting their parents’ expectations, their school social status, and each other for the valedictorian spot, but when they are forced to work on a class project together – something seems to change.
Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted– he's admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There's only one obstacle in Ash's path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?
All Eden's ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college– and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks… When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream – one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?
With a cast of characters that feel very real, from an autistic four-year-old boy Eden babysits to the new girl in school who shakes things up, THE POSSIBLITY OF SOMEWHERE is a look back into the awkward period in high school when the future is in transit. A touching back to school read about first relationships, Day’s contemporary YA debut will have you falling in love.
JULIA DAY lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two twenty-something daughters and one geeky old husband. When she's not writing software or stories, Julia enjoys traveling with her family, watching dance reality shows on TV, and dreaming about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.
Do you give your books their titles before or after they're written?
What is your favorite part about being an author?
I often have a title picked out by the time the first two chapters of a manuscript are done. However, that wasn’t true with The Possibility of Somewhere. I wrote it under a working title. When St Martin’s acquired this book, my editor and I collaborated on what the title should be. She suggested The Possibility of *Something*, and I counter-suggested with Somewhere. We’re both really happy with the result.
I’m writing a second book for St Martin’s, set in a summer teen theater camp. I’m nearly done with the rough draft, and I still call it Untitled #2.Which one do you prefer, writing books or software?
Writing software is easier. The rules are simple. I tell the software what to do, and it obeys. If I write anything wrong, the software tells me how to fix it. And when I’m done, everything works. It’s a great system.
Writing books is so much harder. I can follow the rules, and the story still won’t work. The characters do as they please, and the harder I try to fix the problems, they worse they get. But one of the best parts of writing is that I don’t have to do it alone. I have a wonderful editor and fabulous beta-readers. They often see what I’m missing. They’ll give the perfect piece of advice and, suddenly, the story is waiting there for me, wanting to be told.
I like writing software. I love writing books.Out of all the places you've traveled to, which one is your favorite?
I would have a hard time picking just one—so I’ll give three.
The hardest to get to but absolutely worth it: Antarctica. It took us half a day to fly to South America, and then a couple of days on a ship to get there. But I didn’t mind, because Antarctica was amazing. I could sit on a deck chair and stare at the ice floes and penguins for hours without getting bored.
Easy to get to and completely unexpected: Iceland. This country is only a five-hour flight from New York City—and so much fun when you get there (near and the sun hasn’t set yet!). The landscape is nothing like I’ve ever seen before. I can understand why so many movies are filmed there. The flat, barren lava fields are unique and eerie. I’m happy to say that there is also a capital city with exciting things to do and friendly people.
If you could only go to one of these places, though, it has to be: New Zealand. NZ has it all. Wonderful cities. Beautiful beaches. Breathtaking mountains surrounding gorgeous green valleys. All kinds of sports. Interesting culture. Kiwis are welcoming to visitors, vigilant about the environment, and love showing off their country.
And there are sheep. Everywhere. They cross the roads whenever they want to, and it doesn’t matter if you were there first.Do you have favorite characters from any of your works?
I’m not sure that I can pick my favorite, so I’ll choose the one who hurt the most to write. His name was Sean. The first thing I knew about him was that he had cancer, and that he wouldn’t survive it. It was really difficult to see this amazing character appear on the page and know he wouldn’t have a happy ending.
What is your favorite part about being an author?
Giving a voice to a character whose story deserves to be heard.