Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Unbreak My Heart Blog Tour: Interview with Melissa Walker

Hi everyone!! Today on the blog, I am participating in the Blog Tour for Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker. She was nice enough to do an interview with me for this. I will first give you the info on the book and then move onto the interview. My review will go up on blog tomorrow, so be sure to stop back for that.

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 240

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart? Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

 Interview with Melissa Walker

Hi Melissa! Thanks for doing the interview!!

How did you come up with the idea for Unbreak My Heart?
I got dumped by a friend once, and it was a painful experience that I always knew I wanted to write about. When I started really thinking about those feelings, these characters came to me and I wanted to tell their story.
Are any of the characters based on real life people? 

There are definitely parts of this book that are taken from real life, but it's highly fictional too. That's true of all my books. I will say that I have done some "mirror talking" with a friend, like Clem and Amanda do, and that I had a photo of a friend's brother (hot redhead) on my desktop as a model for James.
Why did you choose to write YA? 

Because of the readers. Totally true. They are the best, most passionate, most enthusiastic and energetic group and I count myself among them because I'm a total fangirl reader.
Do you have any routines you stick to when writing, or any special place you like to write? 

My new favorite place is a tiny cafe in Brooklyn where I can sit in the window. Here's the (rainy) view from today (attached photo).
I know that a lot of authors use music as an inspiration when writing. Are there any certain songs or artist that you were inspired by or listened to while writing Unbreak My Heart? 

Oh yes. I had an inappropriate mix made for me one summer. Inappropriate because it was from, let's say, a "taken" party. He made a mix for me though and I wore it out listening to it. Not cool, I know. But yes, I re-played a lot of those songs as I wrote, to get me back into that mix of emotions. Some of those include songs that made it into the book, like "Must I Paint You a Picture?" by Billy Bragg.
Are you currently working on any projects you can tell us about? 

No, but I'm working on projects I can't talk about yet because I'm still unsure of them. I always have an insecure phase while I'm writing. It's a scary moment full of doubt and revisions and scribbles. Sorry!

How long did it take you to write
Unbreak My Heart? 

It took about five months to do the first draft, and then I revised for a month and worked with my editor on getting the sequence of events right (the flashback thing was challenging). Overall it took about a year.

Do you plan out your books before you write, or do you figure it out as you go?

I outline, chapter by chapter, very briefly before I start. But then characters go all crazy and lead me off course. Sometimes that works, and sometimes I have to reign them in!
If you could meet one author, who would it be? 

Sylvia Plath. I read a diary entry of hers recently, from when she was 17, and I just longed to be sitting with her, talking.
Random questions

Favorite snack?
Salt n Vinegar chips + Coke

Favorite color?

Green (in a soft mossy shade)

Favorite food?

This changes all the time. Right now I'll say: Cheeseburger with American Cheese.

Favorite season?

Spring in the South.
Favorite movie?
Rear Window
Favorite office supply?
 This is hard! I love, love, love office supplies. Maybe sharpies in rainbow colors. But I'm also a huge post-it fan. I mean, how genius are those?
Thank you so much for stopping by! Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just a thank you for having me! 

You can find Melissa at the following places:

WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Again, my review for Unbreak My Heart will be up on the blog tomorrow. Hope you can swing by. :)


  1. Unbreak My Heart sounds heartbreaking but hopeful. "Unbreak my heart... say you'll love me again..." I can't help but start singing Toni Braxton's song when I read the title.

    Nice interview Amy! Favorite office supply!? Haha-love it! I personally like sort-quik - comes super in-handy when you have a stack of papers that need to be sorted/filed + no finger-whetting. ;)

    1. I'm a pen addict. I have pens and sharpies like you wouldn't believe. Oh, and little notepads. I go through a lot of those. I jot down notes all over the place.

  2. This is a great inerview, I'm looking forward to your review tomorrow!

    The Cait Files

  3. Great interview, Amy! It's amazing how many of us love supplies. Nerds!

    Thanks, Lauren. I had managed to keep that song out of my head, then you go and do that! ;-)

    1. Lol!! Right?! Damn you Lauren!!! Yes, I think that most of us bloggers are obsessed with office supplies too. Notebooks and pens are my downfall. ;)

  4. I am really excited to read this -- thanks for the great interview...

    And OMG yes --- I love stalking the aisles of Staples...

    1. RIght?! Me in Staples is like a kid in a candy store. I am a friggin nut case. I practically drool over all of the millions of different sharpies!! Love sharpies, especially the sharpie pens. I always have them on hand.

  5. I think I would very much like to be friends with Melissa. If for no other reason than to sit on a front porch during spring in the south and eat salt and vinegar chips and drink coke together. I can't wait to see your review tomorrow!

    1. I know, she is a girl after my own heart. I love salt and vinegar chips, though I would drink Dr. Pepper instead of Coke.

  6. Oooo this is one I've wanted to read since the first time I saw it. Nice interview Amy.


    1. Thanks Val. It was a good book. I didn't love it, but I can see how a lot of people really will.

  7. YA reader ARE the shizz!!! I saw this one on Netgalley it looks really good and Melissa sounds super fun and sweet!

    1. Yeah we totally freaking rock!! I wish I had loved this book. It wasn't as fun and sweet as it seemed like it would be. It was kinda a downer to be honest lol. I did enjoy it, but not as much as I wanted to.


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