Hi readers! Today we are joined by Rose Fall, the lovely author of How To Get Your Heart Broken. You can find my full review here!
About the author
A self-proclaimed cynic, Eli is unsurprised by her boyfriend’s betrayal. Yet, its impact goes beyond what she realizes; a cruel bet, an array of secrets, and a thousand lessons not yet learned teach her how to trust again as an unlikely boy shows her a kind of love she never knew existed.
After Eli finds her boyfriend cheating on her, she seeks an escape. She heads to the beach to spend the summer before college with her two best friends. When Eli is unable to move past the betrayal, the girls devise a distraction; a bet about their handsome neighbor. Yet their thoughtless competition goes too far and their friendships are tested as they began to wonder how much they really know about each other and themselves. In the chaos, they manage to learn the truth about love, self-acceptance, and the journey back from rock bottom.
Where did you find the inspiration to write HGYHB?
I started writing this book so long about it’s hard to remember!I guess I wondered what it would be like to take three girls who make some questionable decisions and see if it would be possible to redeem them. I also wanted to explore female friendships, but with girls that aren’t always good friends to each other, even though they love each other.
Have you ever had your heart broken?
Yes and no. I don’t think I’ve had my heart broken in the way Eli’s is. There have been fissures, I think everyone has those, but nothing as devastating as what the girls go through. It’s sort of a deceiving title isn’t it? You would expect me to be an expert on the subject! Sorry, I lied
How did you find writing as different people/from different POV (i.e. in Ash’s diary)?
I really enjoyed that challenge. Whereas Eli is a cynic, Ash is a hopeless romantic. It was fun to get to write both of those perspectives. With Ashton−a lot of times you want to roll your eyes at her, but it’s endearing how much faith she has. Eli is frustrating, but she’s smart and rightfully cautious. I feel like I’ve been both of these girls at different points in time.
Name a song, album or artist you listened to while writing HGYHB?
It’s included in the playlist I made for the book: https://play.spotify.com/user/rosesfall/playlist/1olJRGT7uI0c1Y7vUZJtf2
Is the setting of the book based on anywhere you’ve been or vacationed?
It was inspired by a combination of places. The Outer Banks in North Carolina especially. But when it comes to the house, I was imagining my ideal vacation spot!
How do you overcome writers block?
For me, writer’s block comes from obsessing over something I’m working on, which leads to me being drained. I would say the best thing to do is step away, have fun, and life live. One of the luxuries of being an indie author is that you only have self-impossed deadlines, which are flexible!
Name an amazing author who gave you inspiration to start writing?
One of my favorite books to this day is Millicent’s Gift by Ann Rinaldi. It’s a children’s book, but I’ve reread it even in college. I would say that was one of the first books that inspired me to start writing. It was one of the first times I became aware of all the worlds you could make real through reading and writing.
Thank you again to Rose Fall for joining us for this interview!
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽