Gayle Forman gets personal while explaining the inspiration behind I HAVE LOST MY WAY!
If I Stay author Gayle Forman is back with another crushing-yet-reaffirming YA contemporary novel! The new novel is called I Have Lost My Way and follows three teens– Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel– as they collide in Central Park in the midst of their individual tragedies and join together to help each other out.
EW shared an interview with Gayle Forman in which she opened up about her intense struggle with writer’s block and her personal relation with the character in this new novel.
My last YA novel, I Was Here, was published in 2016 but I wrote it in 2012. In the intervening years, I’d tried, several times, to write a new YA novel but nothing felt urgent or authentic. I hit the wall on eight different novels. I’d start something and be all gung-ho but then I’d get deeper in (and in some cases, all the way in, with a draft) and lose faith. I became convinced I couldn’t write anymore. Which was terrifying on multiple levels: Writing is the thing I love, the thing I’ve always done, even before I knew I wanted to be a writer. It’s how I work things out. It’s also how I support my family. And something I’d assumed I’d be able to do for a while longer at least. But now I couldn’t. It was like I’d lost my way. That’s what I kept saying to myself. “I have lost my way,” and that brought me to Freya, who’d also lost her way, and then to Harun and Nathaniel. Each of their stories begins with that same line: “I have lost my way.”
Along with the earnest discussion with the author, the magazine also uncovered the gorgeous cover design for the novel!
I Have Lost My Way is out on March 27, 2018. You can pre-order it now via Amazon.
Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together, they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be.
Told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives, Gayle Forman’s newest novel about the power of friendship and being true to who you are is filled with the elegant prose that her fans have come to know and love.