The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel – {Guest Post – Author Q&A}

Posted August 27, 2017 in features, guest post / 0 Comments

The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel  – {Guest Post – Author Q&A}The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on August 22nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Humor, New Adult, Re-Telling, Romance, Second-Chances
Pages: 400
Format: eBook, Hardcover
ISBN: 1250130379
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A smart, funny, and modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.

Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.

Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago? Because there's nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past . . .

Congrats to Melissa Pimentel on your release, The One That Got Away!  (Released August 22, 2017). 

Today, on the blog, we have a special guest post from author Melissa Pimentel as she answers questions about her novel, her experience on writing two alternating timelines, and about her writing process. Enjoy!

Q&A with Melissa Pimentel

Q:  In one sentence, please describe what your story/book is about.

Ruby Atlas thought she had her hands full as Maid of Honor at her demanding little sister’s wedding… until she finds out the long lost love of her life is the Best Man.

Q:  The One That Got Away is a modern re-telling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. How closely does your novel follow Austen’s classic novel? Were there significant story/plot changes that you made that were different or not in the novel? If so, why? Or if no, why not?

Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel, so I wanted to be true to it as I possibly could. That said, I realized pretty quickly that I would need to adapt the plot for a modern setting. So much of the tension in Persuasion is down to social mores of the time. Anne and Captain Wentworth are beholden to propriety when approaching each other – they can’t just send each other a cat gif or an emoji-filled text message to break the ice. (Not that Captain Wentworth would ever use emojis. Obviously.) With so many of the social formalities that kept them apart removed, the internal factors (hurt pride, embarrassment, fear of rejection) became all the more important. Luckily (or maybe not so luckily…) those feelings are timeless!

Q:  What was your writing process like for writing a novel that alternates between the past/present? What kind of challenges did you face? Any advice for writers who would like to take on alternating time periods?

Argh! It was so much harder than I thought it would be! I wrote the book as it reads – past sections alternating with present sections. I’d never attempted a dual time period story before so I had no idea if that was the right way to tackle it – I still don’t. I suspect it would have been easier to write the past section and present sections separately (!) but there was something satisfying about watching the story unfold in the way that the reader would. My only piece of advice would be to plot it out as much as possible because trying to retrospectively rejig events in a dual timeline is a nightmare. And patience. Lots of patience.  

Q:  When writing do you try to follow/anticipate trends or interests of the readers or try to create/do something new?

Ooh, this is such a good question. I definitely keep the reader in mind when I’m writing. If people are investing their time in reading something I’ve written, I want to give them as much enjoyment as I can. That’s always at the forefront of my mind – is this line actually funny? Will the reader be able to read this bit of dialogue and hear the voices speaking? Have I created enough suspense to keep their interest? That said, I don’t particularly follow trends or try to anticipate what will be the next “big thing” – I just want to tell a story in a way that feels fresh and (hopefully) funny!


Thank you, Melissa Pimentel, for guest posting on Read. Eat. Love. today, and sharing with us more about yourself and your novel, The One That Got Away.  

Readers, if you’re a fan of romance, humor, or Austen re-tellings,, check out this book out!

Happy Sunday!


About Melissa Pimentel

MELISSA PIMENTEL grew up in a small town in Massachusetts in a house without cable and therefore much of her childhood was spent watching 1970s British comedy on public television. These days, she spends much of her time reading in the various pubs of Stoke Newington and engaging in a long-standing emotional feud with their disgruntled cat, Welles. She works in publishing and is also the author of Love by the Book.

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