Write the Damn Book Already

Ep 62: Writing Through Grief with Emma Grey

November 01, 2023 Elizabeth Lyons
Write the Damn Book Already
Ep 62: Writing Through Grief with Emma Grey
Show Notes

When The Last Love Note by Emma Grey showed up on my doorstep, I knew we had a problem. A book with a cover that good had to have a story even better within its pages. And I wasn't wrong!

I could've talked to Emma for hours (if not days), and in the latest episode of the Write the Damn Book Already podcast, we discussed:

⭐️ The backstory behind the book and how it came to be, a bit unexpectedly.

⭐️ How long it took Emma to write while “wrangling grief.”

⭐️ Where Emma started writing her book and how that moment it came full circle when Zibby Books offered to be her US publisher

⭐️ Emma's writing process, including how long it took to get her skeleton draft (65K words) and how many drafts she went through before sending it to first publisher in Australia.

⭐️ Knowing when chapters don’t propel the story forward (and how to handle it when you're advised to cut 30K words)

⭐️ Her agent's advice on how quickly to write the first draft

⭐️ Emma's perspective on alpha readers, beta readers, prologues, and chasing 100 rejections

**WARNING: The revelation at the 41:40 mark about what happened with the acquisition of her book will shock you!


Emma Grey is a novelist, feature writer, photographer, professional speaker and accountability coach.

She has been writing fiction since she first fell for Anne of Green Gables at fourteen and is the author of the YA novels Unrequited: Boy band meets girl, Tilly Maguire and the Royal Wedding Mess, the non-fiction title, I Don’t Have Time (co-authored with Audrey Thomas), and the parenting memoir Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum.

Along with her schoolfriend, dual ARIA-winning composer, Sally Whitwell, Emma co-wrote two musicals,

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