August 4, 2015

Blog Tour: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak – Interview and Giveaway


Hello everyone, and welcome to our stop for

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

presented by Sourcebooks Fire!

We are thrilled to have Ali stop by the blog for a quick Q&A!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.



Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!


Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet): Aspiring photographer Stella Samuel meets Oliver Perry, lead singer for the Heartbreakers, and is offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk? I found my inspiration for The Heartbreakers when I was studying abroad during my junior year of college. I lived with a group of Irish girls, and they all had posters of some British group I’ve never heard of—One Direction. At the time, I was still posting my work on the online reading and writing community Wattpad. A few weeks after moving to Ireland, One Direction fan fiction stories started appearing on the website, and it wasn’t long before there were thousands of them.  I decided to put my own twist on the popular trend and create a story about a fictional band instead of writing about a real one.

Tell us about the main character(s). My first main character, Stella Samuel, is a triplet whose life has been defined by her sister, Cara’s, illness. After four years of being homeschooled and spending time at the hospital, Stella hasn’t enjoyed a regular high school experience. Because of this, she feels like she doesn’t know who she is as a person and struggles throughout most of the story to discover herself. Stella is obsessed with professional photographer Bianca Bridge, whom she views her as a role model, and she loves underground punk and grunge music. My male lead, Oliver Perry, is the lead vocalist and song writer for the world famous band the Heartbreakers. He was born in Portland, Oregon and raised by his grandparents. He formed his first band, which was named Infinity and Beyond, with his best friends JJ Morris and Xander Jones freshman year of high  school. Oliver loves cooking and all things James Bond, and he values family over everything else in his life.


Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love? The scene in Starbucks where Stella and Oliver meet for the first time is really special to me. It was the first scene that I wrote for the book, long before I knew where I was going with the story. I didn’t even know who my characters were at the time, but I had this image in my head of two strangers meeting and feeling an instant spark.


Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why? I had a particularly difficult time writing Oliver’s song to Stella. Lyrics aren’t really my forte.


What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out? Right now I’m working on the next book in The Heartbreak Chronicles series. Currently the book is untitled, but it will be about Alec Williams.

Thanks you so much for having me! I had a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to come back in the future!

[about-author author=”Ali Novak”]


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  1. Naznin Azeez

    Currently I love Boyce Avenue. Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Julie Bickham

    My favorite band is Breaking Benjamin!

  3. Judy Schechter

    Always has been and always will be Bruce Springsteen! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Laura Nice

    Its the foo fighter for me x

  5. Marcy Meyer

    Right now my favorite band would be a tie between Old Dominion and Hozier.

  6. Judy Thomas

    I love Guns and Roses.

  7. Lorraine M.

    My favorite band is Bleachers!

  8. Angelica M.

    Westlife! They’re my all time favorite band. I started listening to their music since I was 8 years old and until now I still do even though they disbanded. :)

  9. CJ Listro

    I loved this book! It was so adorable, just the kind of feel-good teen-daydream book I needed when I was having a bad week. I’M SO EXCITED THERE’S GONNA BE AN ALEC BOOK! I loved him so much. I hope Stella and Ollie make an appearance!

    Sarcasm & Lemons

  10. Rachel B

    my favorite band is Disturbed.

  11. Fi-Chan

    I’ve been in love with Coldplay since forever!

    The book sounds cute!

  12. Summer

    I’ll go very retro on this and say The Go-Go’s.

  13. Linda Trinklein

    Favorite band- Thats like asking to pick my favorite kid!! :D
    Way to many to list, Thank you so much for the chance!

  14. BookAttict

    I have too many faves to list them all……but NIN is definitely near the top of the list!

  15. Deanna

    I can never pick just one of my favorite bands so here’s my top 3: all time low, twenty one pilots, and a day to remember :)

  16. Chelsea Hatfield

    I’m not sure if you count One Direction as a “band” but I also like All Time Low, The Neighbourhood, Maroon 5, 5SOS and The 1975. (:

  17. Julie Waldron

    I like Fall Out Boy.

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