Hello Tegan, and welcome to One Book at a time! I am so excited to have you!
Let me begin by saying how much I LOVED your book, Inconceivable, where did you come up with the concept for this book? Thank you, Bethany, for your kind words about INCONCEIVABLE. It was a project of passion and love for me because, like Hatty, I experienced infertility. It interrupted my happily ever after and forever changed me. My husband and I tried to conceive for about five years. We went through many of the same medical procedures the characters face in the book. Eventually, we became parents through adoption. Having worked as a journalist for many years, I thought about writing my story as a memoir. But there was one problem: journalists learn to avoid putting themselves in their stories, so the idea of writing about myself was a stretch for my reporter's brain. I actually tried it a couple of times and it was disastrous. Around the time Prince William married Kate Middleton, I wondered what it would be like for them to experience infertility. And from that thought, the storyline for INCONCEIVABLE was born.
If there was a movie adaptation in the works, what actors/actresses do you see filling the roles?
I love this question because I'm a HUGE movie buff and it would be a dream come true to see my book adapted for the big screen. I think Alison Brie would make a great Hatty. She played Trudy, Pete Campbell's wife, on Mad Men, one of my favorite TV shows. For Prince John, I'm torn between the very British Matt Barber (Atticus from Downton Abbey) and Liam Hemsworth. Matthew Lewis (remember Neville Longbottom?) would be great for Henri and Sasheer Zamata (current SNL cast member) would be fabulous as Tilda.
When not writing or plotting out your next book, what do you like to do for fun?
I have three young children, so I love to do things with them--go see a movie, do a craft, or have them help me in the kitchen. I really love to travel, and I've been very fortunate to get to go all over the world. Meeting new people and places really is exciting for me. I also enjoy watching movies or TV with my husband. Because we don't have a ton of time, we're very selective in choosing the shows we watch. Some of our favorites include Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Survivor, Modern Family, and House of Cards.
When you get a chance to read, what is your favorite genre?
I've thought about this because people often ask me which genre I prefer, and I don't think I can give a solid answer. I read across many genres including romance/women's fiction, chick lit, historical, speculative, contemporary, young adult, a mystery/suspense once in a while, and an occasional horror/paranormal novel (mostly Stephen King).
What is your favorite book this year?
Eek! Another very difficult question. I've read some really great books this year. Because it's going to be impossible to pick just one, here are four of my favorites: Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Keire, Missing Pieces by Meredith Tate, The Deathsniffer's Assistant by Kate McIntyre, and Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant. I'm happy to say that these are all indie authors, and I've really loved supporting and reading these and other fantastic indie authors this year.
I hate that our interview has come to an end, lastly, Other than writing and books, what other PASSIONS do you have?
I'm really a passionate foodie. It took me a long time to develop my palate, but once I did, I've really enjoyed sampling so many foods, especially ethnic cuisines. I'm a HUGE fan of Ethiopian and Thai food. Adoption is another passion for me. While adoption provided a happy ending for my family, I never lose sight of the fact that it came from a place of loss: our loss of having biological children, our kids' loss of their birth families and birth cultures, and the birth families' loss of these precious little lives. It's amazing to me that out of such chaos and sadness, love can bloom. I don't think adoption is the right "happy ending" for all infertile couples, but I'm always ready and eager to talk to anyone who's considering adoption, especially after going through infertility.
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Tegan will donate half my royalties from this book to Baby Quest Foundation, which gives grants for fertility treatments to people all over the U.S.
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