I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour for It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland that is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was really excited to also be able to interview the author for this book!
It Goes Like This includes lesbian, pansexual, bisexual, non-binary, Jewish and Black representation.
Congratulations on the publication of It Goes Like This! How has the publication experience been for you?
Thank you! It’s been really lovely so far. I have especially appreciated the support from queer authors and queer readers since its release.
How would you describe It Goes Like This in one sentence?
A year and a half after their breakup, the four former members of a world-famous queer band reunite in their hometown for a benefit concert.
Can you introduce us to the main character(s) of It Goes Like This?
Eva is a student, a songwriter, a secret online fangirl of her former band… and still heartbroken over her ex-girlfriend. Celeste is now a solo singer, with some regrets. Gina left the band to become an actress, but she’s starting to question the trajectory of her ambition. Steph is the only one who returned to the band’s Minnesotan hometown, and even though they remain committed to their family, they’re starting to miss music.
Do you know from the beginning how your books will end or do you let your characters decide their journey?
I find it changes with every book! With this one, funnily enough, I thought I knew where it was going to end from the very start… and then my editor had me change the ending, and I’m so glad! The official ending is much more fitting.
Was there anything that was cut from the book that you were sad to see go?
There used to be a fake-dating subplot! It ultimately didn’t work in the book, so I’m not that sad about it, but as a trope-lover, it was fun to include at first.
Do you have a favorite scene, moment, or quote from the book?
So many! Early in the book, Gina attends one of Celeste’s concerts, and the moment when she leaves backstage to join the VIP area is one of my favorites.
What are three books you would recommend if someone enjoyed It Goes Like This?
THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE, by Rebecca Barrow; LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES, by Jessica Pennington; and YOU’D BE MINE, by Erin Hahn.
What’s next for you? Anything you can share?
I can’t share details right now, but there are more queer teens with ambitions, questions, and crushes coming up.
ABOUT THE BOOK
TITLE: It Goes Like This
AUTHOR: Miel Moreland
GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2021
Content Warnings: primary trigger warning – Misgendering and none of it is done maliciously (although it’s still obviously harmful to the non-binary character) and hospitals / Minor mentions of: biphobia, homophobia, substance addiction, eating disorders/body image, grief/loss of a parent
In Miel Moreland’s heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak.
Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they’ve been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair.
But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens’ band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste’s starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl…of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they’ll discover whether growing up always means growing apart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Miel Moreland writes character-driven contemporary Young Adult novels. Born and raised in Minneapolis, she has a Midwestern heart but wandering feet. When not making pop music references and celebrating fandom, she is likely to be found drinking hot chocolate and making spreadsheets. She currently resides in Boston.