YVONNE: What inspired you to write Harvest Road?
MELISSA: The characters and the story began to formulate over a year before I actually started writing. Working at Raphael Vineyard sparked the storyline I was creating in my mind, and my imagination really took off from there. After I had my daughter Anabeth, I found myself even more inspired to work on something creative. Plus, I wanted to do something that was just for me.
YVONNE: You wear a lot of hats — wife, mother, marketing professional, etc. How did you make time to write?
MELISSA: Once I set my mind to it, I can be super-determined to accomplish a project. I would write every evening or weekend day when the baby was asleep. If I only filled one page on my laptop during that time . . . that was okay. However, there were some very late nights when I would be completely immersed in the story and be able to complete a couple of chapters.
YVONNE: What did you like most about writing Harvest Road?
MELISSA: It was an outlet. Harvest Road and its characters were my world, and I could do whatever my heart desired with it. My emotions poured into all of it, and my descriptive writing style even took me to another state of mind. It was – and still is – my happy place.
YVONNE: You’ve hosted several book signings. What are those events like for you?
MELISSA: I love, love meeting people and talking to them about my book. I didn’t realize until I started these book signings exactly how much I would appreciate them. I become overwhelmed by the supportive response and the positive feedback I receive. Also, I thought I would be nervous, as I sometimes get with client events, but that’s never happened. I am totally comfortable talking about my own “creation.”
YVONNE: Do you plan to write another novel?
MELISSA: Yes! In fact, it’s in the formulation stage now, and I plan to begin writing it this winter. It will be a follow-up to Harvest Road, including the same characters along with some new ones, all on a different adventure. I can assure those that loved the setting that the characters will return to Long Island among their other travels.
YVONNE: Have you ever imagined Harvest Road on the silver screen? If so, how would you cast the film?
MELISSA: Yes, I have, but I say that in the humblest way possible. In my mind, I had actors and actresses chosen as I wrote the book! That was my way of describing them and giving them personalities. Also, they say, you have to envision something in order for it to come true. That’s held true for me thus far. I can reveal that a few of my cast members include Gael García Bernal as Kyle Murano, Dianna Agron as Ashley Jayden Hayes, and Logan Lerman as Taylor Murphy.
YVONNE: Any advice for an aspiring author who want to start (or finish!) writing a novel?
MELISSA: Feel a true fire in your heart for what you are writing. That’s the element that will help you to be passionate enough to see it through to the finish. Also, that fire will come across to your future readers and make it real for them.
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Yvonne Lieblein writes poetry and fiction from her seaside village home in Greenport, NY. She’s written a novel with a musical soundtrack, The Wheelhouse Café, and is co-creator of theBOOKPROJECT, a novel night out where book lovers meet. Yvonne also brings two decades worth of high-octane experiences as an entrepreneur to her work as a catalyst, compass and champion who helps people define and achieve success on their own terms. You can find her at yvonnelieblein.com.