I am practically bouncing out of my seat with excitement here! This is Ginger Mom’s first author interview (since the blog switch, that is)! And of course, I have gotten myself completely hooked on this amazing woman’s books!
Who am I talking about? Melissa Chambers, author of The Summer Before Forever (you can find my review here) and Falling For Forever (which I just finished reading and will be gushing about very shortly).
How about that interview, huh?
Megan: The first question I always ask (and it’s really my favorite) is have you always wanted to write? And if not, what did you want to be “when you grow up”?
Melissa: I did NOT always know I wanted to write! I guess you can call me a late bloomer. To be honest, I was looking for a passion for a long time. One day I decided to write down a scene I had in my head, and I never stopped! It really is like an addiction.
Megan: Why contemporary YA?
Melissa: Because I never grew up, to be honest! I do read across all genres, and I’ve written several contemporary adult novels, but I always come back to Contemporary YA. There’s something about being a teenager and experiencing first love that is magical in a way that can’t be recreated in adult novels. I just like getting to be a teenager again, even if it’s only in my head.
Megan: Of course, authors read, too. So, do you have a favorite author?
Melissa: Too many to choose! I always say Sophie Kinsella. Her stand-alone novels are my go-to when I need a laugh. I also love anything by Liane Moriarty and Jane Green in adult fiction, and in YA, I love Jenny Han, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Kasie West, and all the Sara(h)’s (Ockler, Dessen, Zarr…).
Megan: Okay, so here I am tweaking the question Jenna asks Miles in Falling For Forever . . . if you were stranded on a deserted island, what three books would you bring with?
Melissa: Oh, man! Okay . . . Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
Megan: If you could branch out into a new genre, which would you most like to try?
Melissa: Women’s fiction, because I love reading it so much. But I’m not sure I’m adult enough for it!
Megan: Okay, last question! Do you have any tips for aspiring authors (like me, someday)?
Melissa: Just start writing! People say to me all the time, “I always wanted to write a book.” I can’t understand why they don’t just do it. I think it seems overwhelming. People think they have to come up with a plot or an outline and it gets too daunting. I think the best thing is to just sit down and start writing . . . see where your story goes. Write the book exactly like you want to write it. Don’t worry about structure and all that the first go around. You can get to all that business later. But for your first draft of your first book . . . just enjoy writing, and I promise you’ll be hooked!
Melissa, thank you so much for doing this interview! I adore your books and can’t wait to read more from the Before Forever Universe (is that the right word? Oh well, we’re going with it!).
Until next time (and perpetually searching for the next great book),