July 20th, 2011

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Melissa Walker


I'm pleased to congratulate Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit sister Melissa Walker on her new release, Small Town SinnersTeen Love & Romance Books), and her great write-up in the
New York Times Book Review.  Melissa has the kind of bio my Vamped heroine, Gina, would envy.  She's worked as an ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom editor.  She's also written the Violet on the Runway series and Lovestruck Summer

“A non-judgmental, nuanced, fascinating look at the teenage religious right… Walker writes an outstanding contemporary novel with a cast of characters who, far from being portrayed as hateful zealots, are relatable for readers of all faiths. The extremism of Hell House is tempered by the perfectly understandable attitudes and intentions of Lacey Anne, who struggles with what it means to grow up, to question and to think for herself.” –Romantic Times

“Both tender and provocative… Walker creates an astutely balanced portrait of a conservative congregation’s in-your-face response to perennial issues of domestic abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide, as well as of those who struggle to fit the prescribed Christian mold.” –Publishers Weekly

“This secular story about religious people could easily devolve into camp mockery, but because Walker takes her character’s crisis of faith seriously and sensitively, readers will, too.” –Kirkus Reviews

Definitely check her out.

Interview with Melissa Walker

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser?  Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I try to write 1000 words each day when I'm on a deadline, preferably before lunch... that's the "plan" anyway, and it's awesome when it works, about 60% of the time.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

First draft is the roughest. I withhold lunch until I have my daily wordcount. Hunger is a huge motivator. 

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Lacey Anne would need her two best friends (Starla Joy and Dean--are people cheating?), plus her Bible. 

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

I’m a huge fan of unknowns, and I’d probably like to see fresh faces playing Lacey Anne and her friends, but that’s avoiding the question, right? If I had to cast, I’d go with Taylor Swift as Lacey Anne, Ashley Green as Starla Joy and maybe David Archuleta as Dean (does he act?). If not him, maybe a Jonas brother—probably Nick, with some weight gain. For Ty, I have a picture in my head that I can’t replace with a real actor. Book guys are better. I will say that I’d love to see Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (Coach and Mrs. Taylor on Friday Night Lights) as Lacey Anne’s parents. Love them! 

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?

Bloomsbury is giving away copies of the book on Facebook. Just "like" them to enter! 

Congratulations on your fabulous new release!