2K18 Member Spotlight: Adrianne Finlay
BOOK TITLE: Your One & Only
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2018
About YOUR ONE & ONLY
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?
Adrianne Finlay received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she now lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and their two young daughters. She is an associate professor of English and the Program Director of Creative Writing at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. When she’s not writing, reading, or grading, she’s making soap to sell locally, raising money for type 1 diabetes research..
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR BOOK?
I wrote YOUR ONE & ONLY after reading an essay about the medical ethics of cloning a Neanderthal. The conclusion basically stated that it would be wrong to bring a being into the world with no family, no community, no access to even the food they would have eaten, a being who was completely isolated in the world they’d been introduced to. I thought this would make an interesting conflict in a story. Since I didn’t want a Neanderthal main character, I imagined a future world where humans had evolved in some fundamental way, and then introduced into their society a past incarnation of human, a 21st century boy.
BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Read all the time, and read lots of different books. I read a lot as a kid, and then after college I worked in bookstores for a few years. One of the perks was that we could read anything there (as long as we didn’t bend the spine). I read constantly and somewhat indiscriminately, memoirs, autobiographies, mysteries, thrillers, classic literature. It was a great way to think about and learn about being a writer.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FURRY WRITING SIDEKICK.
I have no pets, but here's a picture of my Shrimp Bubble, which has 4 living volcano shrimp in it. I’ve had it for a year. I used to have cats, but they died, and now I have kids instead. How sad is this story?
WHAT DOES FEARLESS MEAN TO YOU?
Fearlessness is an interesting concept, because there’s no such thing as existing without fear. It’s a trick of the mind to imagine we can. So to me, fearlessness means acting as if we have no fear, and proceeding despite the fear.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEEN?
As a teenager, I read a lot of books, and I liked to write. My high school offered creative writing, and I loved it. I owned red Doc Martens, and would work at a job (candy store, JC Penney) for enough weeks as it took to buy a new pair of boots. Most of the kids I hung out with were in theater, but I wasn’t.
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
Spiders! And generally terrible things happening.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH FEAR IN THE WRITING PROCESS?
By continuing anyway, by trying to learn from mistakes, and by understanding that good writing doesn’t just appear. Nothing is particularly good in the first draft. It requires work and revision.