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Story Crush: Q&A with Melissa Kantor, Author of MAYBE ONE DAY, Plus Giveaway

Posted by on February 27, 2014

MAYBE ONE DAY sounds beautiful, albeit poignant and heartbreaking. Today, as the official blogger for MAYBE ONE DAY in HarperTeen’s Story Crush Tour, we’re thrilled to have critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor as a guest on IceyBooks. We asked Melissa some questions about herself and her latest, and we’re all too eager to share it with you. Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end, courtesy of HarperTeen!


IceyBooks: You’ve authored quite a lot of books. Is there any way MAYBE ONE DAY stands out from the rest?

Melissa Kantor: Maybe One Day feels very different from my other books. First of all, it’s much darker. All my other books are romantic comedies, but this book is about life and death; the stakes are much higher. I still think (I hope) there are funny scenes in Maybe One Day, but it’s not a happily-ever-after kind of book. Also, in real life, I curse like a sailor, and there’s cursing in this book but none in any of my other books. Zoe, the snarky main character in Maybe One Day feels much closer to who I really am. Uncensored.

IceyBooks: Many novels are inspired by one sentence or question, was there one that sparked MAYBE ONE DAY?

Melissa Kantor: One day I had lunch with my friend and former editor, Helen. We were talking about book ideas (she’s a writer now too), and she said, “It’s time for you to write about death.” She meant because my father had died a few years earlier and I’d never put anything like that in oneof my books. I was like, “Yeah, right.” I mean, it was a beautiful sunny day. Who wanted to think about death? But that moment stayed with me, and I spent a lot of time over the next weeks and months thinking about how it would feel to tackle death in a book.

IceyBooks: Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of MAYBE ONE DAY?

Melissa Kantor: I don’t have a favorite line that was cut from the book, but I can say that the original title, which at the time I loved, was changed. The book was going to be called There Are No Cheerleaders in Heaven (why is a very long story), and Olivia and Zoe were going to be cheerleaders. The problem was I couldn’t write a cheerleader. I tried for a long, long time, and I kept failing. So, obviously, when the characters and the story changed (they’re now former ballerinas), the title had to change. The funny thing is that I thought the original title was great, and I was sure my editor was going to be pissed when the book went in a different direction and the whole cheerleader thing landed on the cutting room floor. But when I told her what was going on, she said, “You know, I never really liked that title.”

IceyBooks: Say MAYBE ONE DAY is being adapted to a movie – who would portray your main character?

Melissa Kantor:  I am sooo out of the loop on teenage movie and TV stars. I could see Dakota Fanning playing Olivia. The narrator might have to be an unknown—I feel like it would be a Daniel Radcliff thing. You know, the director’s somewhere and he runs into a friend of his and the guy’s daughter is with him and the director’s like, “She’s perfect!” (At least, that’s how I heard Daniel Radcliff got cast as Harry Potter.)

IceyBooks: Give us the three:
Movies you can’t wait to see:

Melissa Kantor:
1. Divergent
2. The Fault in Our Stars
3. We Were Liars (oh please let it be made into a movie!)

IceyBooks: Random facts about you:

Melissa Kantor:
1. I still have a BlackBerry (am I the only person in the world without an iPhone?)
2. When I was a teenager my hair was straight (it turned curly when I was about fourteen)
3. I wanted a retainer when I was in fifth grade, but the dentist said I didn’t need one. So I spent a lot of the year with an unfolded paperclip tucked up onto my teeth

IceyBooks: Books you can’t wait to read:

Melissa Kantor:
1. the next City of Bones book
2. the next book in the Wolf Hall series
3. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (lately I’ve been obsessed with John LeCarre)

About the Author

Melissa Kantor is the author of Confessions of a Not It Girl, an ALA Booklist Best Romance Novel for Youth in 2004; If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?, a YALSA Teens Top Ten Pick in 2006; The Breakup Bible, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee in 2007; and Girlfriend Material. She is a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her family.

Find Melissa on her Website | Twitter | Goodreads
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  1. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while! Tried to win a copy on Goodreads. I’ve heard so many great things about it, I can’t wait to read :)

  2. Haven’t had a chance to read the book yet but I’m looking forward to it. I especially like books about serious issues and this sounds like a good one. Thanks.

  3. I haven’t read this yet, but I really want to! I’ve heard great things about this, and I could really use the tears. :P

  4. I haven’t read Maybe One Day, but I’m definitely looking forward to hopefully soon! This book really sounds interesting and amazing! I hope it gives me the #feels :]

  5. It’s on my to read list! I’m very looking forward to reading Maybe One Day. I heard such great reviews. Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  6. I have not read it yet but it is definitely next on my TBR list. I heard I will need plenty of tissues. It looks and sounds incredible and I am so excited to read it. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  7. I can’t wait to read this book; I’ve heard nothing but amazing things.
    Also, Melissa, I still have a Blackberry, so don’t feel bad! It’s ancient and falling apart but I refuse to get rid of it. AND a bunch of girls (including myself) used to do the same thing with paperclip retainers. I’d totally forgotten about it and I had a good laugh when I read that.

  8. This is definitely on my TBR! I really want to see how these two characters develop their friendship and I have a feeling it’s just going to break me!

  9. No I haven’t but I have added it to my list. This sounds like a book that tackles a new story line for you and I am so glad that you decided to share it with us. Also thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  10. I have not read the story, but I really want to. A few months ago, I read a different “bucket list cancer story” as I like to call them since they seem to be a trend right now, and unfortunately didn’t enjoy it even though I really wanted to love it, but this one sounds much more suited to me so I really would love to get my hands on it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I haven’t read it yet, but after seeing the blurb . . . I’m DYING to read it! I may have to buy it before I can win anything at all!!

  12. I haven’t read Maybe One Day yet, but would really like to. It seems that a lot of the contemporaries that I read are on the lighter side; I really need to get into a good feels kinda read, and this one sounds like it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I want to soooo bad! And I do in fact think that Maybe One Day sounds better than There Are No Cheerleaders in Heaven. :P

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