Author of: Violet on the Runway (review here), Violet by Design, and Violet in Private (reviews coming soon!)
Starring in: A mini-interview!
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!
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!
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