I Wanted to Write a Fast-Paced Comedy: Emma Jane Unsworth on her new Novel, Adults

I Wanted to Write a Fast-Paced Comedy: Emma Jane Unsworth on her new Novel, Adults

Thank you so much! I am so excited to have it come out in Australia and can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks. X

Please find some questions below for the Better Reading Feature on Adults:

 Adults is a satire on our age of self-promotion, a tender look at the impossibility of womanhood, a love story, and a riot. Can you tell us a bit more about the book?

It’s about a woman in her mid-thirties whose life is falling apart hut she is trying desperately to make it look like she’s holding it together. She doesn’t feel she is very good at being an adult. It’s a comedy, with dark bits. I hope it makes you laugh more than it makes you cry!

What inspired this novel?

Being a woman in my mid-thirties whose life was falling apart… No, not entirely. Well, a bit. I wanted to write a fast-paced comedy about mothers and daughters, female bodies, friendship in your thirties (and how it often changes dramatically), and how tricky it can be to be comfortable on social media.

What do you hope the reader will take away from this book?

I hope they’ll laugh, and feel a little less lonely. I hope they’ll enjoy an alternative ending for a female character than what a romcom usually offers. I hope if they find social media tricky then it will help them laugh at the ridiculousness of it sometimes.

Both your previous novels have won awards, and of course Animals is now a film. Did you feel any pressure writing this book?

Yes, of course I wanted to write something that fans would like. A novelist is nothing without her readers. I also wanted to write something that felt fresh, and that challenged me as writer. I’m so grateful for how well Animals did and that it got made into a film – it was such a dream come true – and I’m grateful that has brought new readers to me! I hope people enjoy Adults.

You wrote the screenplay for Animals. Did that process have an impact on the process of writing this novel?

I think learning how to write screenplays has made me a better plotter. Structure has never been my strongest point, but scripts are so strict when it comes to turning points and beats, I now pay so much more attention to those things when I’m writing anything. I also included some little sections in script form, as a nod to my new line of work, but also because Jenny mum Carmen is a failed actress, and in a way the whole book is about performing, and how we all perform to the people around us. What happens when we stop? What happens when we forget how to stop?

What’s your daily writing routine like, and what are you working on at the moment?

I write three days a week full time at home while my son is at nursery. I also love writing on trains, but my favourite place to write is in a motorhome going round the countryside – or ideally the Scottish Highlands. No internet, no distractions, just mountains. Bliss!

At the moment I’m working on the TV adaptation of Adults and a memoir about post-natal depression because I had that quite badly after the birth of my son and I couldn’t find anything to read about it, so I want to put something out there that’s honest and helpful and hopefully even a bit funny.

 

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            Publisher details

            Adults
            Author
            Emma Jane Unsworth
            Publisher
            HarperCollins
            Genre
            Fiction
            Released
            20 January, 2020
            ISBN
            9780008334598

            Synopsis

            Jenny is unloved, unemployable and emotionally unfiltered. Her long-suffering friends seem sick of her and whilst her social media portrays her life as a bed of roses, it is more of a dying succulent.Adults is what you want it to be. A misadventure of maturity, a satire on our age of self-promotion, a tender look at the impossibility of womanhood, a love story, a riot. And Emma Jane Unsworth is the only voice to hear it from. Adults is excruciating, a gut punch of hilarity and a book laden with truth that you will read again and again.'DAZZLING' Marian Keyes, ‘HILARIOUS' Dolly Alderton, ‘TENDER' Jessie Burton, ‘MAGNIFICENT' Daisy Buchanan, ‘INCREDIBLE' Candice Carty Williams, ‘MOVING' Laura Jane Williams, ‘BRILLIANT' Nikesh Shukla, ‘I LOVED IT' Sam Baker, ‘PAINFULLY TRUE' Kate Davies
            Emma Jane Unsworth
            About the author

            Emma Jane Unsworth

            Emma Jane Unsworth is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her novel, Animals has been adapted into a film, for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2019. She also writes for television and various magazines.

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