In Which I Interview Myself for The Nervous Breakdown

The Nervous BreakdownThe Nervous Breakdown is an online community full of great reviews of books and movies, author interviews and original essays, and all kinds of cool content. As a writer, my favorite feature is their self-interview, in which authors interview themselves. Often authors do fun things like taking on different personas for interviewer and interviewee or asking inappropriate, off-the-wall questions, and/or use it as a chance to talk about topics that haven’t come up in other interviews or other things they find interesting.

I’ve been a fan of these for a while so it’s such a pleasure to get to do one myself to celebrate Hand Me Down‘s rebirth in paperback. I’m pretty proud of this interview, actually, and it was tons of fun to work on. So I hope you’ll check it out. I start by calling myself a chicken and a liar, and it gets better from there. I also talk about forgiveness and Christopher Pike and seeing my flasher ex-stepdad on the local news.

You’re such a chicken.

Excuse me?

And a liar.

Well, I am a writer. But this is a strange way to begin an interview. Can’t you be nicer to yourself?

Why didn’t you just call your book a memoir, chicken? Were you too scared to put yourself out there and be honest?

Hand Me Down isn’t a memoir. It’s a novel.

But isn’t it true?

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The Nervous Breakdown has also posted an excerpt from Hand Me Downchapter one in its entirety. Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “In Which I Interview Myself for The Nervous Breakdown

  1. Romanza Sorensen says:

    You are a kick! I love the self-interview! I figured it was mostly true because I know a relative of yours. But since I don’t know her that well, I didn’t make any presumptions about her based on your book. 🙂 She’s an OK lady and I love getting to know her better even though I’ve known her for years.. .not because of your book but because we have mutual friends we all used to work with. Anyway, love the book, love you – keep it up! Manza On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 8:13 PM, Melanie Thorne

    • Melanie Thorne says:

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked the book! But I’m also glad you didn’t make presumptions; I definitely made some stuff up, so not everything is 100% accurate. Thank you for writing to let me know you liked the interview and the book! It’s always great to hear from readers. I will try to keep it up! 🙂

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