GCC presents Melissa Walker

The GCC is well and truly waking up and over the next couple of months I’ll have loads of great authors visiting here, but today it’s all about Melissa Walker and her new book Unbreak My Heart. I’m so excited because I’m a huge Melissa Walker fan and this book looks totally gorgeous (plus the cover is adorable).

Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook where Melissa and her publishers have come up with a brilliant competition with an iPod Nano up for grabs.

Unbreak My Heart

The year that broke her heart. The summer that healed it. A dual love story.

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.

1 How did you come up with the idea for this book?
I suffered a friend breakup and I always knew I wanted to write about that experience. So painful! This is how I framed it–the emotions are similar to my own during my BFF breakup.

2 What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?
One that spring to mind is last weekend at the Rochester Teen Book Festival. SO MUCH FUN! Here’s more about that:


3 It’s Oscar speech time! Who are the three people that you would most like to thank for helping you write this book?
Thanks to my mom and dad (have to!) for encouraging the writing bug I always had. And thanks to my ex BFF, for paving the way for this story. It was cathartic to write.

 4 Describe a typical writing day
I write 1000 words before lunch when I’m on deadline! Then I usually relieve the baby sitter and hang out with my 10-month-old daughter for the afternoon. It’s a balance, and I love it.

5 Tell me one strange random fact about this book.
My parents did the exact same sailing loop that Clem and her family do on this trip! I mined my dad’s emails for details.


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