A Way Back to You by Emily Gray Clawson – Interview & Giveaway

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emilyAuthor Emily Gray Clawson

Emily Gray Clawson describes herself as an author, mother, and youth mentor. Born and raised in Utah, she is passionate about her faith and great books and will share her love of both with anyone who will listen. Emily began writing at the age of seven, creating homemade picture books that she peddled from door to door. She self-published her first novel, Things Hope For, and is collaborating with Jennifer Graves on a book entitled A Sister’s Witness: The Powell Family Tragedy. With her husband, Richard, Emily founded two youth leadership programs, Handmaidens of Virtue and Mastering Knighthood. Trained in vocal performance in college, she has enjoyed including aspects of her training in this book. Emily and Richard are the parents of four children and live in Taylorsville, Utah.

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TV or Movies?

Yes, please! I only watch on my tablet so it has to be something available easily online but I love stories in all forms.
Hot or Cold?

Cold, for sure. I am a wimp when it gets really hot. I live by my air conditioning vent.
Black or White?

Night owl, or early bird?

I’d prefer to be neither but I find myself awake at two a.m. too many times to be called anything but a night owl.
Print or Ebook?

Print. I read ebooks almost exclusively for two years but I’m back onto print books at least 90% of the time now. You can read about why at http://www.emilygrayclawson.com/2013/05/20/how-i-fell-in-and-out-of-love-with-ebooks/
Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate – as if there were any other flavor.
Regular or Diet?

Regular. I am violently opposed to artificial sweeteners.
Coke or Pepsi?

Coke. Wait, no, Pepsi. Never mind, no colas or sodas of any kind BUT I NEED A COKE! Sigh.
Horror or Romance?

Romance, romance, romance!
Action or Drama?

Pizza or Pasta?

Hmmm. I have Celiac Disease so unfortunately, neither.


Skittles or M&Ms?

M&Ms are chocolate. We’ve already discussed this. 

Sweet or Salty?

Together they are perfection.

Summer or Winter?

So tough. I love the summer but hate the extreme heat. I don’t mind the cold but I hate the gray, dirty snow and smog. I’m going to say Spring.

City or Country?

Country – within twenty minutes of the city.

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter

Gum or Breath Mints?


Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?

Plan ahead but be cheerfully flexible

PC or Mac?

PC – if I had more money I suspect that would change

Beach or Pool?


Shoes or Sandals?

I don’t believe in shoes. Toes were meant to wiggle. If I’m not barefoot I’m wearing sandals.

Cats or Dog?

Allergies, so neither.

Apples or Oranges?


Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook. I’m on Twitter but not nearly as much.

Introvert or Extrovert?

Extrovert. Just TRY to make me be quiet. I dare you. Unless, of course, I’m reading a great book then I just . . can’t . . . be . . . bothered. Shh. I’m reading!


a way backA Way Back to You

What would you do if you were given a second chance?

Annabelle, whom nearly everyone calls Anne, has been stuck in the past for two years. Numbed by grief over her husband’s unexpected death and overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising their three young children alone, Anne agrees to let a friend take the kids for the weekend while she tries to get some much-needed rest at her parent’s home.

But when Anne wakes up the next morning, she is suddenly sixteen again. And it just happens to be the worst day she spent as a teenager.

High school the second time around brings unforeseen changes and frustrations, but remembering that her future husband, Mitch, has just returned from a mission and is living on the other side of town gives Anne hope. Getting Mitch’s attention (for the second time) is more complicated than she could have imagined, but Anne discovers she is stronger than she believed possible—and there just might be a future for her after all.

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  1. Rita Wray says:

    I love the premise of the story and can’t wait to read it. I enjoyed reading about why you went back to reading print books. I love print books, there’s something about holding a book in your hands while reading.

  2. Thank you for your spotlight! The questions were super fun to answer and I appreciate your help in spreading the word about A Way Back To You!