We want to welcome Melissa Pimentel to our blog!
A little book info and some cool Q&A !!!
About the Book
A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.
Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren’t.
Ten years later, Ruby’s single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There’s barely time for a trip to England for her little sister’s wedding. And there’s certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years.
But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can’t help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago. Because there’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past…
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Oh, god. The internet! Sometimes I think about putting one of those internet blockers on my computer but I know that I’d find a way around it. It would be like every time I’d delete a guy’s number only to hack my own phone, MacGyver-style, at 2am that night after a bottle of red. Anyway. The internet is the distractor in chief, but I’ve fooled myself into thinking that the twenty minutes I spend looking at random Instagram accounts/dog photos is somehow enabling my creative process. (It’s not.)
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m not really friends with other authors, but my best friend is an editor, and she has helped my writing immeasurably (actually, she’s helped everything in my life immeasurably. Love you, Katie!). Whenever I get stuck, she’ll coach me out of it. I’ve learned patience from her, for sure.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Read everything you can get your hands on. Be open to ideas. Don’t force something if it’s not working.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I’m lucky enough to have a day job that I really enjoy, so I’d keep doing that, though I definitely wouldn’t know what to do with my nights and weekends if I didn’t write. Probably watch even more television.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I stopped writing after my teens for a long time, so I think I’d actually give the advice to my twenty-something self, which would be: Keep writing. I think there’s a self-consciousness that creeps in when you get to a certain age, and I wish I hadn’t spent so long not writing anything for fear of writing something bad.
What’s next for you?
My third novel, JENNY SPARROW KNOWS THE FUTURE, has just come out in the UK so I’m taking a little breather before diving back in. I already have something percolating, though…!
About the Author
MELISSA PIMENTEL grew up in a small town in Massachusetts in a house without cable and therefore much of her childhood was spent watching 1970s British comedy on public television. These days, she spends much of her time reading in the various pubs of Stoke Newington and engaging in a long-standing emotional feud with their disgruntled cat, Welles. She works in publishing and is also the author of Love by the Book.
Buy Links: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250130389