Ask the Author: Miel Moreland
What would you like readers to know about you?
Like the characters in my debut, I grew up in Minnesota but have since lived on both coasts. I consider still myself a Midwestern writer at heart, no matter where else I call home. But the most essential thing to know is that writing nuanced and ultimately joyful queer stories is fundamental to me.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
IT GOES LIKE THIS is about the four former members of a world-famous queer pop band. A year and a half after their messy breakup, there’s a devastating storm in their hometown, and they reunite to perform at a benefit concert. For Eva and Celeste, this reunion is especially fraught—because Celeste broke up with Eva on the same night as the band fell apart. Ultimately, it’s about discovering whether growing up always means growing apart.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I feel that I have been writing my way toward this novel for my entire life: music, fandom, sapphic romance, and the Midwest—I wrote so many words with some of these elements until this particular iteration came to me, and it just fit instantly. IT GOES LIKE THIS was finally the culminating, uniting story for all of them.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
So much of this book was an utter joy to write, but one of my favorite scenes was one that came to me very late at night, when I was trying to fall asleep. Those scattered lines became an argument that happens about two-thirds of the way through the book, in which Eva stands up for herself in a way that wasn’t really present in the drafts I’d written previously.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
This is a hard question to answer! I’ve always been a voracious reader and have wanted to be a writer since I could hold a pencil. As an adult, I also have a different perspective on some of the books or authors that specifically inspired me when I was a bit younger.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
I’d advise the two Rs: read and revise. In particular, read in your genre to learn about what structures, pacing, and so forth are typically required—and to become familiar with what conversations are being had about certain tropes. Figure out what you have to add to those conversations. I’m going to assume that if you want to become an author, you’re already writing. Keep that up! But you also really need to seek feedback (and revise with an open mind) before you query.
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