Title: The Year We Fell Apart
Author: Emily Martin
Published On: 1/26/16
Synopsis: (Found on Goodreads)
Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.
Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too
About Emily: (Found on her Site )
Emily Martin lives and writes in the Greater Boston area, though she will always call Michigan home. She has a penchant for impromptu dance parties, vintage clothing, and traveling to new places. When not writing, she can be found hiking New England’s peaks, searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate, or baking something pumpkin-flavored.
1) How long did it take you to write your book?
It took almost three years from first draft to final manuscript. This story started as a NaNoWriMo project in 2012, then was selected for Brenda Drake's Pitch Wars in 2013, during which I rewrote about 75%. After signing with my agent, I revised with her before going on sub, then spent the better part of a year revising with my editor!
2) What inspires you most to write?
I draw inspiration from a lot of places. THE YEAR WE FELL APART was inspired in part by my own high school experiences, and the pressures and standards a lot of teen girls face. But anything that heightens my emotions--a memory, a song, a story I read in the newspaper--inspires me to write.
3) Growing up what were your favorite authors/books?
I LOVED Roald Dahl growing up, and in high school my favorite book was I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. (I still adore that book!)
4) Did you listen to music while writing? If so can we glimpse the playlist.
I do! For THE YEAR WE FELL APART, my playlist was very Sia-heavy. I played her song, "Breath Me" about a hundred times while writing the first draft. I also listened to a lot of Radiohead, Florence + The Machine, and Ben Harper while writing this book.
5) If you could be reborn in a different era when would you choose?
Ooh, tough question! As a lover of vintage clothing, I've always been partial to the full skirts of the 1950's. The political climate at the time would be a bit difficult to handle... But the clothesss!