TITLE: Sincerely Emiline
GENRE: Contemporary YA
When the parents of rebellious 16 year old Emiline resort to a
non-traditional punishment of switching roles with her for a week in
order to teach her a lesson about bad behavior, she learns the
importance of truthfulness. But when a party “game” turns tragic,
Emiline struggles with the realization that revealing a dark secret
will not only save her dying friend, it will ultimately cause her best
friend banishment by the girl's family.
I was conceived during a game of Scrabble.
To clarify any possibly grotesque images that just popped into your
mind, my name was conceived using spare Scrabble tiles. You know,
right before normal people quit the game for lack of an intelligent
Sixteen years ago, during a raging blizzard.
I suspect the naming was Amy’s stellar idea. She’s my mother. Amy is
all about random creativity and has a Pinterest board that won’t quit.
Calling my parents by their first names tends to irritate them, so
naturally I do it every chance I get these days.
John, my father, threatens to ground me when I call him by his first
name, but he never does. Amy definitely wears the pants in that
So I envision the naming thing went down something like this:
Amy propped up in front of a cozy storybook fire in the living room.
Feet up. In my mind John has eyebrows so I’m assuming the cozy fire is
either one of those click-on versions or Amy built it. John is not
exactly the handyman type. In fact, the only thing Amy allows him to
change is his underwear.
I envision Amy to resemble a mythological Medusa, red hair twirled up
in those bright bendy hair things from Walmart- the kind that make
your hair all spirally. Of course, back then she was blown up to the
size of the QE II because, as she tells it - she was ten months
pregnant with me.