Today, we are thrilled to be revealing the cover for Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker — coming in May from Bloomsbury. We’re really excited to read Melissa’s latest novel (she’s so great!) — but in the meantime, we’ll satisfy ourselves by oogling her gorgeous new cover:
We also asked Melissa a few questions about her new book. Here’s our exclusive Q&A:
Reading the synopsis for Unbreak My Heart, I love the idea of the dual stories of heartbreak and new love. As a writer, how was it flipping back and forth between the two? Did you write them dually, or individually?
I wrote them dually, but at the start, I was so focused on Clem’s past year experience that I had trouble putting her in the present. That slowly got easier. Later, I realized that’s how SHE was feeling too–at first so bogged down and still reliving the past instead of waking up to the present moment.
What can fans of your work expect to find in Unbreak My Heart? What about new readers?
I tend to write characters who think/brood/contemplate a lot, and this book is no exception. So whether it’s set in the fashion world, in cowboy Texas, at a Hell House or on a sailboat, a book of mine will always have a lot of internal exploration. I do have one little nod to a past book in this one, but it’s tough to spot!
How does the newly revealed cover image tie-in with your idea of the story in Unbreak My Heart?
I love the external in the cover–the water, sky, clouds, sail. They totally fit with how I pictured Clem’s environment. And the way she’s looking out over the waves, I imagine she’s holding the past while waiting for the future. I really love the photo.
If you could “float away” for the summer like Clem, where would you most like to float away to?
I wouldn’t mind spending some time tooling around Southern Spain, near a tiny little beach town called Nerja that I fell in love with a while ago. But I’d settle for a few days out on the water, with twitter, but without a deadline.
Sounds fantastic! Here is the official synopsis for Unbreak My Heart:
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.
Unbreak My Heart hits stores May 22nd!