Book Title: Glimpsed
Author: G. F. Miller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.
Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures.
But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vibha crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she’s not getting the whole picture?
Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity’s opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?
G.F. Miller can write 80,000-word novels, but ask her to sit down and write 250 true and meaningful words about herself and she is likely to have an existential crisis. Who am I, really? She ponders. What do I want to be known for? Does anyone even read the back flap or visit author websites?
But eventually she will pull herself together and tell you that…She married her college sweetheart and is mom to three littles who routinely make her heart burst and her head explode (it’s a messy business, love). There are puppies big and small residing at her house (you’ll be seeing a lot of them if you follow her on Instagram). She’s been to a dozen countries, but not nearly as many as she would like. She loves learning all the things. She cries at all the wrong times. She makes faces at herself in the mirror. She believes in the Oxford comma. And she’s always here for a dance party.
While the stories she has brewing in her soul vary wildly from one another, there are three things they will always have in common: love, snappy dialogue, and happy endings.
I am so excited to host G. F. Miller on A Court of Coffee and Books today! Thank you so much, G. F. Miller, for stopping by and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Glimpsed, out today!
1. Congrats on your young adult book debut! What was your inspiration forGlimpsed?
Glimpsed was the book I wrote as a mental vacation after writing something very deep and heavy. I was exhausted from pouring myself into this difficult topic. So I said, “Okay, now I’m just going to make myself laugh.” I had so much fun writing Glimpsed. And I loved exploring—in a really whimsical way—the question of “What does it mean to truly help others? How do we engage with people who are struggling without imposing our own will on them or diminishing their dignity?”
2. What has been your favorite part of being a debut author so far?
Being a debut author is pretty wild. There are lots of great things about it—like my book baby finally meeting the world and getting lots of love! I had so much fun writingGlimpsed, and now I get to share that fun with readers. It’s the best! But to be honest I’m way more comfortable alone in my room with a book than “branding” and “marketing” myself. Like, people want to interview me? I’m not even cool. That part is kinda weird.
3. What was your favorite part of your writing process?
I love the free-fall creativity of drafting. I love getting to know these new characters and falling in love with them. And I get a little giddy to find out what’s going to happen to them and how they’ll react. I’ll be real honest—I’m drunk on power at that drafting stage. I can do whatever I want! I can bend fictional people to my will!Mwa Ha Ha! If it doesn’t work out, who cares? I can cut it later! But then I really enjoy revising, too. I love shaping that first draft and polishing it until it’s as close to perfect as it can get. That’s the stage when you find the little gems and perfect word choices and realize where you messed up. In real life, you never get a do-over—but with fiction, you have this magical revision stage where you can make everything just right. I even love getting feedback! (It helps that my critique partners and editing team are the total bomb.) Every stage of critique and editing made Glimpsed stronger and more sparkly.
4. If you could spend one day with Charity, what would you do (besides granting desires)? Are there any places you both would visit?
Along with being a fairy godmother,Charity is a high school senior heading to college, where she’s planning to design a personal image consulting major for herself. TBH, I would probably try to convince her to practice image consulting on me. True story: my eight-year-old once sat me down and told me, “Mom, you usually look like a hobo. The rest of the time, you look like a total nerd. You really disappoint me.” So, yeah, if I got to hang out with Charity for a day, I’d enlist her services as a personal shopper and style consultant. Also, ice cream. We’d go out for ice cream.
5. If you were a fairy godmother, what would be your favorite type of wish to grant?
I love seeing people reunited. Whether the separation was geographical or emotional, reunions are one of the best things in the world. I think I would go around helping people who are searching for their birth parents, lost loves, prodigal children, soldiers trying to get home… I know that’s sappy, but don’t judge. It would be flipping amazing.
6. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I live in a land of mountains and canyons—and lots of good hiking. My family recently hiked a trail that crisscrossed a mountain stream, and as we were coming back down the mountain, we passed a group of people hiking in. The conversations went like this:
Them, looking wiped: Are we getting close? How much farther?
Us: You’ve still got a long way to go, and the path gets tougher up ahead, but don’t give up—it’s worth it!
That’s the same thing I’d say to anyone starting their writing and publishing journey. Hang in there!
7. Is there anything else you would like to let the readers know about your book?
Fandom is a huge element of GLIMPSED. Specifically, Star Trek fandom. You might not be a Trekkie when you start—and you don’t need to be to follow the plot—but you just might be shopping for Star Trek t-shirt by the end!
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Prize: Win a finished copy of GLIMPSED by G. F. Miller [US/Canada Only]
Starts: January 5, 2021
Ends: January 12, 2021
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