In 2008, Jojo Moyes was doing what many moms do every afternoon—driving her kids home from school. But on one of those drives, she heard a story on the radio that she couldn't get out of her head, and it became the inspiration for her best-selling novel "Me Before You."
Eager fans have been awaiting the June 3 release about Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke), who takes a job as a caregiver to Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker who is confined to a wheelchair after an accident. The once-active Will has given up, but Lou is determined to make him want to go on.
The best-selling English author, who also penned the screenplay for the film, noted in the Washington Post that penning the screenplay adaptation of her novel “was difficult, but really, really interesting. I loved the collaborative quality of it, though not all writers feel this way. It was wonderful being on set with the actors and the director, seeing which lines were working. It was the most invigorating experience I’ve had in years.”
We sat down with Moyes and director Thea Sharrock to talk about how to inspire mothers to tell their stories and how love changes you through parenthood.
While Moyes might still drive her children, 18-year-old daughter Saskia and 15- and 11-year-old sons Harry and Lockie, to school, she weighs heavily on what types of stories she wants to tell.
"The stories I like to tell are those where there are gray areas," Moyes says. "There are no easy answers. That's what message I want my kids to take. Everything I write, I put through a filter of 'What would my daughter take from this story?'"