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Austen’s ‘Emma’ Gets a #timesup Feminist Twist in Watson’s New YA


ST. PAUL, MN, September 12, 2019 – Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the January 21, 2020 release of Off Script by Kate Watson. Off Script is Watson’s latest young adult contemporary novel, a Hollywood-tinged feminist retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma. It is a companion novel to Seeking Mansfield and Shoot the Moon.

More about Off Script:
The summer after her first year of college, teen starlet Emma Crawford returns home to Manhattan to prepare for the role of a lifetime—and play career matchmaker to her friends. When Emma’s search for an assistant leads her to the wide-eyed Brittany Smith, Emma sees the big screen in the girl’s future. And because Emma knows best, she’s sure that steering Brittany onto the right path is all she needs to do to make her a star—even if Brittany doesn’t know it yet.

Emma’s plans start to unravel, however, when professional soccer player Liam Price re-enters her life. Not only is Liam her former best friend’s older brother, but he’s gorgeous, smart, and has no problem pointing out the (totally exaggerated) flaws in Emma’s plans. But as Emma comes in close contact with the darker side of Hollywood, she starts to question the glamorous world she’s always known and realizes her role in it needs to change—if she can find the courage to go off script.

Kate Watson is a young adult writer, wife, mother, and the tenth of thirteen children. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the US and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has also lived in Israel, Brazil, and the American South, and she now calls Arizona home. She is the author of Seeking Mansfield, Shoot the Moon, and Lovestruck. Off Script is her fourth novel.

Off Script by Kate Watson

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