In case you haven’t heard, Emily Conrad released an amazing book yesterday called Justice. It covers a difficult topic, but it is done in such a beautiful way. You’ll see my review coming next week! Like I mentioned yesterday, it also features a very awesome hero – Jake. He is the type of guy you want your daughter to date. **sigh** I can’t wait to see what my daughter thinks of him! But enough gushing. Emily is here today telling us a great story about her pregnancy book. But shh….don’t tell anyone. She’s never been pregnant!!
The Pregnancy Book Story by Emily Conrad
You might expect me, a writer, to be proud of my bookshelf. You’d be partially right. I do have a stash of books that I’m in love with.
But my bookshelf also has some additions that could spark a few rumors, namely the week-by-week pregnancy guide.
I’ve never been pregnant, and I didn’t want my family getting their hopes up, so I was quick to explain the book’s presence: “I have a pregnant character. Oh, and the baby name books are for naming characters.”
That pregnant character is Brooklyn, the heroine of my debut novel, Justice. In writing her story, I ignored the advice to “write what you know” by including the pregnancy, and on a more serious note, a sexual assault. To bring her story to life, I relied on research. I read a couple of books and dug into online resources.
I also asked my critique partners, many of whom are mothers, to keep an eye out for whether or not I’d written that aspect of the story well. Their responses and ideas enriched the story—lending authenticity to the emotion of Brooklyn’s first ultrasound and adding… oh, wait, I won’t spoil that one for you.
My hope is that the resulting story realistically portrays the aftermath of Brooklyn’s assault and the beautiful but daunting process of becoming a mother.
All of this isn’t to say I used no personal experiences in Justice. I’m a coffee lover, and most of the story takes place in the hero’s coffeeshop. I’ve worked in business, been a mentor to high schoolers, and I have to fight perfectionist tendencies, all of which informed elements of Justice.
Most importantly, I’ve experienced again and again the redeeming power of a God who is both just and present, even in our lives biggest trials.
My hope is that in the area of faith, you can say the same, and that perhaps God might use Justice to inspire you to say it a little louder because when it comes to the faithfulness of God, we have nothing to hide.
About The Book
Jake thought he was meant to marry Brooklyn, but now she’s pregnant, and he had nothing to do with it. Brooklyn can’t bring herself to name the father as she wrestles with questions about what her pregnancy means and how it will affect her relationship with Jake. If Harold Keen, the man who owns the bookstore across from Jake’s coffee shop, has anything to do with it, the baby will ruin them both.
About the Author
Emily Conrad lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves Jesus and enjoys road trips to the mountains, crafting stories, and drinking coffee. (It’s no coincidence her debut novel is set mostly in a coffee shop!) She offers free short stories on her website and loves to connect with readers on social media.
Emily is graciously giving away this prize pack to one lucky commenter! To enter, all you have to do is tell us about your bookshelf. Do you have something on there (like a pregnancy book) that may cause people to wonder? Or, what’s your favorite item on your bookshelf right now? Winner will be randomly chosen from those who comment before 3/13/18, and will be announced in comments. Winner will need to email Emily with a US mailing address within one week. US addresses only (sorry, postage!). Void where prohibited.