All We Ever Wanted


Airdate: July 4, 2018

Emily Giffin is the author of eight New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, and First Comes Love. Her most recent novel is All We Ever Wanted. Her books have been translated into thirty-one languages, with over eleven million copies sold worldwide. In addition, five of her novels have been optioned for film and are in various stages of development. Her first novel, Something Borrowed, was released as a film in 2011, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski. Emily practiced litigation in New York for several years before being published. She earned a bachelor's degree in history and in English from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.    

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the life and career of a best-selling novelist.  


  • Emily describes who she is and what her novels are about.

  • She considers the role of class, race and privilege in her current novel and how higher stakes are influencing her writing.

  • She addresses whether she is projecting a role and whether she feels like a character in her own novels.

  • Emily talks about the pressure she feels in her career and the sentence that strikes the most fear in her heart.

  • She talks about how a formative childhood experience shapes her writing and the character in her novels whose childhood most closely mirrors her own.

  • Emily explains what she learned as a law student that informs her work as a novelist, her life as a lawyer and the decision that changed her life.

  • She discusses the profession she thinks she would be really good at practicing (other than being a writer) and whether she writes characters as types.

  • Emily shares what she wants more of in her life and whether she can imagine a protagonist of hers that is alone and fulfilled.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Something New

To Learn More About Emily


  • What struck you about Emily's comments?

  • How have the stakes changed in your career?

  • What choice created new possibilities for you?

  • What do you want more of in your life?

Photo credit is Emmanuelle Choussy.

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.