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Everything You Need To Know About THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD Author Emily Henry

Once you manage to pick yourself up off the floor after laying eyes on its stunning cover, you’re in for a world of time-bending, bittersweet feels with The Love That Split the World. Following the story of Nat’s last summer before college in her Kentucky hometown, it’s a mix of apparitions, paths left untaken, and a beautiful boy under the lights of the football field. Here today to tell us about the mind behind the masterpiece is author Emily Henry!


Name: Emily Henry
Novel: The Love That Split the World
Available: January 26, 2016


Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? This changes on occasion but K.A. Applegate and Madeline L’Engle have been super close to my heart ever since childhood, and A.S. King and Leslye Walton both became new favorites in 2015. And of course J.K. Rowling will always be Queen. I don’t know if I’ll ever love another series as much as I love Harry Potter.What’s your favorite thing about your book? The structure. I like how most of the book is spent looking at these individual pieces of the story and how everything ties together toward the end. And the characters. I’m really attached to them.If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Katniss Everdeen. We might not have that much in common but she would keep us alive. If death isn’t really on the table then maybe I’d take one of the Weasley twins or someone a little more ridiculous.

Where do you write? On my couch, facing windows. It’s incredibly hard for me to write if there are no windows, which is unfortunate because window’s can also be incredibly distracting.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? I just asked my husband who my favorite heroine of history was and he said “Beyoncé.” I know there are other heroes and heroines who’ve made more practical contributions to history, but art and pop culture are also so integral to shaping the world, and I regularly find myself thinking about how Beyoncé helps shape our world.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? Constantly. And this might’ve been the best.

What is your favorite season? Fall.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Except it would be real. So what I’m saying is Hogwarts. I’d teleport to Hogwarts, but in the known universe.

Do you have any writing rituals? Stumble downstairs at 7ish AM, drink a cup of coffee while catching up on the Internet, pour myself another cup of coffee and stare at the screen until I’m ready to write. Keep staring off and on until around 5. I usually draft in bursts, so when I’m writing something new, I’m doing pretty much nothing else. The house gets disgusting, friends don’t know where I am, and meals are substituted with the handfuls of marshmallows I grab as I pass through the kitchen for more coffee. It’s bad, and wonderful.

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Being loved by and loving a handful of people very, very well in a beautiful place, surrounded by donuts that taste great but won’t affect our health whatsoever. I think writing gives me an unequaled sense of fulfillment–that I’m doing what I’m best at and what I’m meant to do–but for contentment I really need to feel like I’m loving and being loved well.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? My first inclination is to say Beyoncé because she’s my favorite, but it might actually have been Brian Wilson, who is my husband’s favorite. We’d just watched the biopic about him, Love and Mercy, a few days before, and seeing a person who so profoundly changed music and recording–and who’s been through so much–was deeply affecting, plus it was just a great crowd. It’s fun to see people from older generations acting like Directioners at the sight of their fave. It felt really special to witness that. He’s definitely a living legend. To be fair, so is Beyoncé. Tie?

What are you currently working on? Another romance-heavy genre bender that explores questions about grief and loss and the meaning of life, and other REALLY FUN STUFF LIKE THAT!


Thanks Emily, we can’t wait to hear about your next novel!

Start reading The Love That Split the World here!

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