**Thank you to Random House Canada for providing me with a copy of Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey for this giveaway!**
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Elizabeth is Missing by now – it’s a brilliant novel written by debut author Emma Healey and is centered around Maud, an 82-year-old woman who believes her best friend Elizabeth is missing. There’s only one major problem: Maud is extremely forgetful due to her dementia. Click here to read my spoiler-free review of the book, and here to join the Elizabeth is Missing Blog Search!
I was lucky enough to be invited by the book’s publisher, Random House Canada, to have lunch with Emma Healey this afternoon. I was so excited that I was able to attend because, as you probably know, I absolutely loved the book. It was such a pleasure to hear her talk about her writing process and how she was able to tap into the mind of an 82-year-old.
Elizabeth is Missing took Emma five years to write, and the inspiration for the novel came from her grandmother, who briefly thought that her friend was missing. Emma told us that as an only child, she would sit quietly and listen to her adult family members talking among themselves during visits and she attributes those conversations to her ability to write more mature voices. She also mentioned that she found it challenging to write from the perspective of someone her age because, ultimately, comparisons would be made to her own life. By writing about 82-year-old Maud, no one would wonder if the story was linked to her personal life and past.
I found all of this to be so fascinating and it made me want to re-read the book again already! I was so happy to hear that Emma already has a loose idea for her next novel – I will definitely be looking out for that. For those of you who have read Elizabeth is Missing, did you like it? Why or why not? And for those who haven’t read it or have read it but don’t own it, here’s an opportunity for you to win a signed copy!
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1. No purchase necessary
2. Open to residents of Canada only
3. Please do not cheat on the tasks, I will be checking them once a winner has been chosen
4. If a winner is picked and their Twitter account only has giveaway entries, I will choose again. I want the winner to genuinely enjoy these books!
5. Have fun and good luck!