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Val Emmich

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Dubbed a "Renaissance Man" by the New York Post, Val Emmich is a writer, a singer-songwriter, and an actor. His first novel, The Reminders, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection and his follow-up, Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel, based on the hit Broadway show, was a New York Times bestseller. He's had recurring roles on Vinyl and Ugly Betty, as well as a memorable guest role as Tina Fey's coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on 30 Rock. Emmich lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. ...more

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Val Emmich Thank you so much! Please check out my first book, The Reminders, and look out for my follow-up YA book next year.

So...I deal with anxiety every sing…more
Thank you so much! Please check out my first book, The Reminders, and look out for my follow-up YA book next year.

So...I deal with anxiety every single day but it is getting better, slowly. I started psychotherapy a year ago and it's helped a lot. (Fun fact: I started going to therapy as research for writing the novel, because I wanted to know what Evan was feeling in those sessions, and then I stuck with it.). I also recently started medication for what is a larger mood disorder that I have. I've always been apprehensive about medication but I'm giving it a try. It's too early to tell if it's working.

Lastly, having a support system helps. A friend to hear you out. Parents, sometimes, although they can be a source of more anxiety. Even a pet helps, I find. Oh, and art: books, music, film, whatever.

Perhaps it will bring you some solace to hear that I am getting past it and you can, too. "The me I am is not the me I was." Hang in there. (less)
Val Emmich You're very kind, thank you! The inspiration to write part of the book from a child's perspective came, in 2013, from being a new father and spending …moreYou're very kind, thank you! The inspiration to write part of the book from a child's perspective came, in 2013, from being a new father and spending time with my first daughter. Seeing the world through her innocent eyes reignited an innocence and playfulness in me. But my daughter is not Joan. I don't know exactly where Joan came from. Certainly she shares many of my own concerns about life and the world. But I don't possess her gift of memory, so she's not completely me. Over the course of writing, she took on a life of her own and I'm thankful--that was the goal. (less)
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“I do stupid things when I'm nervous, which means I'm constantly doing stupid things.”
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“I wish that everything was different. I wish that I was a part of something. I wish that anything I said mattered, to anyone. I mean, let's face it: would anybody even notice if I disappeared tomorrow?”
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