Thursday, February 1, 2018

{Blog Tour} YOUR ONE AND ONLY by Adrianne Finlay—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Your One and Only
by Adrianne Finlay


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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• Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
• Pub Date: February 06, 2018
• Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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by Andrianne Finlay

TEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOUR ONE AND ONLY


1.    I wrote the first draft of the book from May to August while I was on a summer break from teaching

2.    I wrote probably 90% of the book at my local coffee shop. I used a sign on the table that said I was happy to share.

3.    I wrote some of the book in the mountains of Virginia where we didn’t have any internet. I was with some other writer friends, two poets and a playwright.

4.    Jack is one of the only characters I’ve written whose name didn’t change at any point. He was always Jack. I chose the name because Jack is such an “everyman” name, and since he’s the last real human in existence, in a way he represents all of humanity.

5.    The working title of the book referenced the Bob Dylan song, “Gates of Eden.”

6.    The title I ended up with, YOUR ONE & ONLY, came when I’d been brainstorming titles for about a week and losing hope. Then I was listening to a radio station in the car that my kids had picked and I asked myself what the title of the book would be if it were a pop song.

7.    The last line of the book is an allusion to both The Giver and Paradise Lost.

8.    An early draft had Neanderthals in it. In the second draft, I took them out. It was probably a good call.

9.    While I was writing, at some point I borrowed a blank paper from the coffee shop and used a ballpoint pen to draw a map of Vispera so I could keep track of where everything/everyone was. I’m not especially artistic, so it’s not beautiful, but it was handy and I kind of enjoyed drawing it.

10. The clones make genetically modified food, including fruit with images or faces on        them. I got the idea after reading about a Chinese company that grows pears that look like babies. If you do a Google image search for “baby shaped pears” they’ll pop up, and you’ll know what I had in mind when I wrote that detail in the book.

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Originally from Ithaca, New York, Adrianne Finlay now lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and their two young daughters. She received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University, and is an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

She is also an avid soap maker, and sells handmade soap locally to raise money for type 1 diabetes research.

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Huge thanks to Adrianne Finlay for her guest post today!

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