And the winner is… MP! Bookish Awards: It took how long for Emery Lord to write ‘When We Collided’?! plus WIN the book!

Emery Lord’s gorgeous third book ‘When We Collided’ is up for Book of the Year in the MP! Bookish Awards and we’re so pleased!


‘When We Collided’ is a gorgeous story of two messy hearts, two messy heads and a whole lot of love and we’re SO excited to get to chat about it with Emery.

We’re so pleased that ‘When We Collided’ is up for Book of the Year. How do you feel to have been nominated? I feel absolutely chuffed! ‘When We Collided’ has really found some amazing UK readers, which makes me so happy. My dad is English, and a lot of my family is there- so it’s really meaningful for us that I get to have a story on shelves with you all!


Tell us a little bit about the process of ‘How We Collided’ – how long did it take, did you have any funny habits while writing it? The first draft was quite quick- written over a summer- but the editing took well over a year, as I wanted lots of feedback. My funniest habit was that I made myself write Jonah’s chapter’s early in the morning before I’d had coffee, and I wrote Vivi’s chapter’s after I was (very) well-caffeinated.

What’s your top tip for aspiring writers? Read widely, and protect your wonder!

What’s your favourite book of all time? Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Perhaps tied with The Handmaid’s Tale :)


For those who are struggling with you to vote for, why should ‘When We Collided’ be their choice? Oh, goodness. I have nothing but respect for the other books nominated, and I’d love to see readers vote with a book that really spoke to them. If that happens to be ‘When We Collided’, I’m truly honored that my little love story with a side of depression found a place in their hearts.

And we wouldn’t be MP! without a little giveaway! We’ve got 5 copies of this gorgeous book up for grabs.

To enter: follow @maximumpopbooks, RT the following tweet and fill in the form. Simple!


This competition is now closed! Congrats to the winners @bookendsendings, @mavrachang, @foureverhannah, @Lexi4AussieBoys, @Pretenna.

Have you voted in the MP! Bookish Awards yet? There’s still time! VOTE NOW.

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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