Monday, March 2, 2009

The Monday Muse: Melissa Walker

Today's Muse: Melissa Walker
Author of: Violet on the Runway (review here), Violet by Design, and Violet in Private (reviews coming soon!)
Starring in: A mini-interview!
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Bookworm: Welcome, Melissa! So, tell us...What made you want to write a book revolving around the world of modeling?
Melissa: After working as a magazine editor and interviewing lots of models, I saw how glamorous--and also how dark--the fashion world could be. It was the perfect setting for a real girl to walk into and have life-changing experiences.

Bookworm: Are Violet or any of the other characters based off of any real-life people?
Melissa: Violet and I share a lot of likes and dislikes (I think most first-time authors put a bit of themselves into their narrators). Otherwise, some of the more colorful fashion characters are based lightly on people I've met, but no close friends. And I won't name names!

Bookworm: What was your favorite scene to write in Violet on the Runway?
Melissa: I loved writing the Roger-and-Violet scenes. I love them together.

Bookworm: Aside from the Violet trilogy and your upcoming summer romance, Lovestruck Summer, are you planning on writing any more books for teens?
Melissa: Yes! I'm working on a secret new book right now. I hope to take it out and see if any publishers want it this spring.

Bookworm: What are your hobbies outside of writing?
Melissa: Hmm....TV? Does that count? Okay, also: yoga, tiny cafes with good pastries, walking in the park near my apartment, Oprah, and I Heart Daily updates. Are any of those hobbies?

Bookworm: Yes, I would definitely say so. So...what's on your list of YA favorites?
Melissa: Too hard! I can't do it! The latest book that I LOVED was The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which happens to be the readergirlz.com pick for March, so people should come join the book discussion if they've read it. And if you haven't: Pick it up! So good!
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Many thanks to Melissa, and Happy March to everyone!
On the topic of Monday Muses and March, I'll be introducing a new feature called March Madness soon that involves a giveaway of a book for every author interview that I post....which means that I'll be giving away 4+ books monthly! Right now, it's still under wraps, but be ready for some awesome giveaways!  
Edit: Read the rules here, and then enter by commenting!

61 comments:

sweetmelissa818 said...

I seriously love Melissa Walker interviews!

Em said...

Great interview! The Violet series are some of my favorite teen books. :)

And I am IN LOVE with i heart daily!!!

Katie said...

Great inteview. I heart I Heart Daily!
bball11kt@sbcglobal.net

BN Book Blog said...

Fantastic interview and contest! This is a type of March Madness to get behind!

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Erika Lynn said...

I LOVE Melissa Walker, her interview is great and her volgs are always funny!

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Jayme said...

I heard a lot of good things about this series--we don't have it at our library :(

new follower!
jaymewhitson@gmail.com

Paradox said...

Loved the interview! All Melissa Walker's books sound great!

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BN Book Blog said...

Oooohhh! Forgot to say that we've been following the blog!

bnbookblog@gmail.com
Beth & Nathan

The Not So Closet Geeks said...

I've been a follower.

not_so_cg[at]yahoo[dot]com

Erika Lynn said...

i am already a follower

Erika Lynn said...

i blogged about it http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/03/some-amazing-contests.html

donnas said...

Great interview.

I am already a follower.

tetewa said...

Enjoyed the interview and thanks for the contest! tWarner419@aol.com

bridget3420 said...

I'd love to enter

bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

I'm a follower

bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

I posted link under contest section of my blog here:
http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read the books! :)

I'm not a follower but I'm a subscriber on Google.

+BookBegger
lyzziebit(at)yahoo(dot)com

Letter Garden said...

I'd love to read the book! :'D

nhertel85 said...

I can't wait for Lovestruck Summer. I love Melissa Walker's writing!!

nhertel85(at)yahoo(dot)com

nhertel85 said...

I'm now a follower.

nhertel85 AT yahoo DOT com

Alessandra said...

I would love to enter!

alliefallie@hotmail.com

Nora said...

Ooh, I want to hear more about Lovestruck Summer!

wishonstars13@hotmail.com

Nora said...

I'm a new follower.

wishonstars13@hotmail.com

Nora said...

I blogged about the contest here:

http://noraatnow.blogspot.com/2009/03/book-contests.html

deltay said...

Wonderful interview - Melissa Walker is so awesome =)

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ellie_enchanted said...

I've been wanting to read the Violet books for a while. Thanks for the interview and contest!

ellienchanted@gmail.com

I'm already a follower.

katayoun said...

great interview and fun hobbies! would love to be entered for the contest and i am a follower.

Amy said...

oh cool! i've been wanting to read this...
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Jodi said...

I would love and entry for this cool book! I am a follower!

Beth Kephart said...

ah.... A SECRET new book that wonderful Melissa is writing.

Any publisher would be lucky to have her.

Pissenlit said...

I'd love to be entered, please and thank you! :)

The Voter said...

Please enter me. I already have Violet on the Runway. All I need now is Violet by Design and Violet in Private to complete my collection!

Sara
babyprincess716@yahoo.com

Michelle Kuo said...

I would love to enter to win this book! :)
I'm a follower
And I blogged here:
http://flyingsolooooo.blogspot.com/2009/03/book-giveaway-links-for-march.html

Michelle Kuo said...

Oh I think I forgot to leave my email address!

michelle.kuool(at)yahoo(dot)com

Llehn said...

Thanks for the interview!

Lesley
lesly7ch(@)yahoo(dot)com

Lindsey said...

Thanks for the interview and great giveaway. :-) Haven't read this one yet but it sounds like a fun read!

Also a follower. :-)

ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

allisonmariecat said...

I'd love to read this book!

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Diana Dang said...

I never got a chance to read Melissa's book yet!

I have linked this contest to my blog: www.orientaldesires.blogspot.com

Blodeuedd said...

If its open for international readers then I am all in

blodeuedd1 (at) gmail (dot) com

kalea_kane said...

This looks like an absolutely fabulous read. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I'm a new follower too. :)

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks!

Kelly

kalea_kane said...

I posted about your giveaway too. :)

http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/2009/03/back-to-giveaways.html

Thanks

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

Gwendolyn B. said...

I would love to get into this series -- thanks for the chance to win a copy of VIOLET IN PRIVATE!

I'm also a new Follower.

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

Count me in :)

behapppppppy(at)hotmail(dot)com

Julie said...

I'd love to be entered!

juliematthews7 (at) juno (dot) com

Anonymous said...

AMAZING interview! I love Melissa Walker!
enter me please!
Grace L

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

Blodeuedd said...

Is it an international contest? If so then I would love to enter.

blodeuedd1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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Jenna said...

i am already a follower!

jennapomme (at) yahoo (dot) com

(: Isa :) said...

I haven't actually read any books by this author, but I have heard tons of things about the Violet series which sounds great! This was a cool interview, thanks!

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Violet Vixen said...

This sounds like a very fun series. Thanks for the interview!

dissectingperfection said...

Melissa Walker has to be one of the coolest people ever! Thanks for this interview/giveaway!

Wrighty said...

I really enjoyed your interview! I've always heard such good things about this series but haven't had the chance to read them. Please include me too so I can start! :)

- I'm already a follower
- I've added this to my blog
www.wrightysreads.blogspot.com

5wrights1[at]verizon[dot]net

Liyana said...

Hey. (:

I'm a follower, and I blogged about it here.

Here's my email:
loony_balooga_91@hotmail.com

Link exchange?

Kate said...

Can you please enter me :) (:
Thank you,

katiepinn@hotmail.com

Grace said...

Am now a follower!

furrymochi@bellsouth.net

Paradox said...

I can't wait to find out what the new book is!

I'm already a follower.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Debs Desk said...

What a great interview. Please include me in your giveaway. I am already a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

Book Spot said...

I really, really need to read this book series already!

The Not So Closet Geeks said...

Love this interview! I'd love to be entered, and I'm already a follower.

not_so_cg[at]yahoo[dot]com

the epic rat said...

Oooh, last minute entry!

I love the Violet covers! And Melissa is pretty groovy :D

I already follow! And it'd be pointless to blog about it now, wouldn't it? ;)

cecilia } cecpham(at)gmail.com