Thursday, February 2, 2012

Melanie Milburn - I Love You More Than Chocolate - Author Interview

My thanks to Melanie Milburn for stopping by Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways for an author interview about her book, I Love You More Than Chocolate.

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
I love chocolate, but I love my children more. It has been a way to express my love for them in a way that was simple for them to understand. It just had to be the title for first, the song, and now the book.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All children want to know that they are loved and this book makes it easy for parents to do just that. I want parents to cherish their time with their children, take the time to cuddle with them, express their love for each other. Make forever memories.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
All of it. When my daughter was little, I loved to read to her. I looked forward everyday to our special “cuddle time”. When we were through reading we played the “I Love You More”, game. It only had 2 rules - It had to rhyme and it had to be something we loved. I would always end it with well, I love you more….than chocolate! My daughter knew I was a chocoholic so she knew she was really, really loved! My nightly ritual became a song, and now, many years later…a book!

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I don’t think I would. I am very happy with how it all turned out.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The book was originally a song so it wasn’t hard at all to turn it into a book.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes I learned that the writing is the easy part. It is the placement of your books into the hands of the public that is hard.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
English composition was my favorite subject in school and as I got older I also enjoyed doing a lot of journaling. When I became a preschool teacher, I spent so much time using music to teach that a lot of children’s songs just started popping into my head. Children love music and respond so well to it. I began using my songs in class and a preschool mom thought I should do more with them. So I did. I now have 2 children’s CD’s as well as my first children’s book.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have so many favorites. I love Jan Brett. Her illustrations are so beautiful. I love fun rhyming books that make children laugh, Dr. Seuss, and also books that teach children life skills, like “The Rainbow Fish”, by Marcus Pfister and “The Giving Tree”, by Shel Silverstein.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I am busy! I have the blog tour coming up and we are working on a book signing tour. I have been in the studio working on another children’s CD. I have several library appearances coming up and a few family concerts scheduled. I also have 2 other children’s books which I am anxious to get started on. And I continue to teach preschool full time. So much to do, so little time!

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would encourage parents to remember to keep life in perspective. We have the tendency to get so busy with life that we forget to slow down and make sure our children know how much we love them. Children need to hear that they are loved. Cherish your time with your little ones. They grow up so fast. They really are not little for very long.

About the Book
I Love You More Than Chocolate

Book Details:
Genre: Children's

Publisher: InstantPublisher
Publication Date: December 2010
Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95 - Valentine's Day special
Buy Link:

This book was originally a song, and inside the back cover, you have a CD of Melanie singing the song. When Melanie would tuck her children into bed at night, she made sure they knew how much they were loved. She told them she loved them more than anything even chocolate! Her children knew she was a chocoholic, so they had no doubt, they knew they were loved! Every child wants to know they are loved, and this book conveys what parents want their children to know in a way that speaks clearly and impressively to the child's mind and heart.

My childrens' eyes lit up when I read them Melanie Milburn's book, I Love You More... Than Chocolate. As many times as I've told them I love them, in what I've said and what I've done, they've never been as delighted as they were to hear that I really did love them more than chocolate.
--Amy McClellan

My five year old and I love this beautiful book! All children want to know how much they are loved and this special book puts that into words that children can understand and remember. My five old is always asking me if I love her more than chocolate and of course I tell her yes!
--Cindy McLean

About the Author
Melanie Milburn

Melanie is a gifted musician, award winning songwriter and a dedicated preschool teacher. Her children’s concerts are fun with music that is jazzy and entertaining. The lyrics are inviting and relate to the everyday experiences of a young child. You will find yourself humming, tapping and clapping right along with your little ones as Melanie shares her children’s songs.

Melanie’s family concerts will touch your heart in many ways. Her original songs are about real life experiences such as letting go of your children, healing from a miscarriage and falling in love with Jesus. Her songs will make you laugh and cry.

When not writing songs, performing concerts or teaching preschool, Melanie can be found living in beautiful Durango, Colorado with love of her life, her husband, Joe.

Connect with Melanie
Web Site


  1. What a lovely interview. Sometimes it takes being a grandma to get it right.