Name: Erin McCahan
'10 Book Title: I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU SOMEONE ELSE
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Favorite Bit of Writing Advice: When you're stuck, delete the last three pages and start from there.
Favorite and Least Favorite Part of Writing:
Favorite: working alone but feeling like I've been with people all day.
Least favorite: convincing people I do have a job
Outline or Let if Fly?: More a framework and letting it fly within those boundaries.
5 Things About Me:
1. I have an abiding fear that someday this country will officially switch to the metric system, and I'll never again know how tall I am or fast I'm driving.
2. At some point during Georgian- or Victorian-era movies, I get completely distracted thinking about what people really smelled like then. And how come no one in these movies ever gets cramps?
3. I've been married 11 years this April -- no kids, sadly -- and my favorite time of day is evening when my husband comes home, and we hang out in the kitchen and talk while I cook.
4. I think, if you insert a monkey into any Hemmingway novel . . . instant comedy.
5. My dad died a few months after I was born, and it's strange now what little things make me cry about him. Doesn't happen often. Doesn't last long. And I really don't mind the tears.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Bronwen Oliver doesn't just want a family. She has one of those, and there's nothing terribly wrong with them apart from bickering grandparents, an image-obsessed mother and a brother she describes simply as Jesus. But there's no natural sense of connection between Bronwen and her family, leaving her with the belief -- and the hope -- that she was switched at birth, that she was never supposed to be Bronwen Oliver but someone else entirely.
When she begins dating college senior Jared Sondervan, she finds herself thoroughly embraced by the loving family she has always wanted and does not hesitate to say yes when Jared proposes on her 18th birhday. Plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her junior year of college become plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her freshman year of college. And a wedding so soon isn't exactly what Bronwen wants. But Jared is. And his family is. Or so she thinks.
Before Bronwen can determine what she truly wants, she must first determine who she truly is, and the answer, she discovers, is only partially what she thought it was. She wasn't switched at birth, but she's also not Bronwen Oliver and hasn't been for a very long time.