Friday, May 29, 2009

GCC Presents . . . Melissa Walker!!

This week on the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit I'm thrilled to host amazing author, founder of the awesome newsletter, I Heart Daily, and fellow Teen Fiction Cafe Patron, Melissa Walker, who's latest novel, LOVESTRUCK SUMMER, was released by HarperTeen on May 5!!

Melissa was kind enough to take time out 
of her busy schedule to answer a few 
questions, but first, The Story:

LOVESTRUCK SUMMER is the story of Quinn, an indie rock girl who came out 
to Austin, Texas for a music internship. She also plans to spend long, lazy days in the sun at outdoor concerts--and to meet a hot musician or two. Instead, she’s stuck rooming with her sorority brainwashed cousin, who now willingly goes by the name “Party Penny.” Their personalities clash, big time.
But Sebastian, a gorgeous DJ, definitely makes up for it. Sebastian has it all: looks, charm, and great taste in music. So why can’t Quinn keep her mind off Penny’s friend cute, All-American Russ and his Texas twang?

Sebastian is the kind of guy Quinn wants, but is Russ the guy Quinn needs? One thing’s certain: Quinn’s in for a summer she’ll never forget!

The Same 5 Questions I Always Ask:

1. Every story has a backstory, what's the backstory for your book?
I took a trip to Austin in the summer, and I was so inspired by everything there--the live music! 
the sweltering heat and the cool water spots! the BATS! I just had to set a book there, and a summer romance seemed perfect.
2. What's your work environment like? Any rituals, totems, or must haves?
Just my big pink flowered chair. Oh, and iced coffee that has enough cream and sugar in it to taste like ice cream. I must have that by my side as I write.
3. If you could live inside any book-- which would it be?
Maybe a Sarah Dessen book, because they're like real life. And I'm into real life. My favorite one, so far, is THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER.
4. What book rocked your world growing up?
I re-read Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger 3 times in one day just so I wouldn't have to leave their world behind. That's pretty world-rocking. (Alyson note- OMG, I did the same thing!!! LOVE that book!)
5. If you could visit any time, place, or person- what, where, or who would it be?
I'd go back a few years and have one more good, long talk with my dad. Preferably on his sailboat, under the stars.

Melissa's Story:

A former editor at ELLEgirl and Seventeen magazines, Melissa Walker knows her indie rock. She hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She loves talking about books, fashion, magazines and all kinds of pop culture. Visit her at or on


sweetmelissa818 said...

My husband read Franny and Zooey many times as well! It was his favorite!

Alyson Noel said...

Hey sweetmelissa- it's such a great book!

sweetmelissa818 said...

I should probably read it! I'm so behind on classics!

Alyson Noel said...

Hey SweetMelissa- it's just a sweet and funny and very profound book--it's really just a series of conversations but there's something so enchanting about it, I wanted to move in!

sweetmelissa818 said...

I think he's got a copy around here somewhere! I'll have him dig it out!

alaska. said...

franny and zooey was so brilliant - i read it for the first time in a religion and literature course. then i had to read every. single. glass family story i could find . . . " a perfect day for bananafish" STILL makes me cry. but franny will always have a special place in my heart - if only for making me forgive salinger for catcher in the rye! ;)

iced coffee is the best thing in the world . . .

and i just have to say, i am really impatient at the moment, because so many people were at BEA (i live in manhattan and i couldn't go!) and got ARCs and darn it! i want the second installment of "evermore"!! NOW!! ;)

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Alaska- Aw, BEA, I missed it this year too! But still, only one month until BLUE MOON . . .

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Mmm, iced coffee... delicious!

That's my favourite Sarah book as well. =)

Amber said...

Hi Melissa - you rock! I would live inside one of your books if I could :)

Katie said...

I definitely have to check out The Truth About Forever and Franny and Zooey!

jpetroroy said...

Great interview--and a great book!

Katryna said...

You're books are great! You really know how to get into a teen's head.

Alyson Noel said...

Thanks for dropping by everyone, isn't Melissa great??!!

Anonymous said...

Woot for uber-sweet iced coffees and Sarah Dessen books! (and Melissa Walker, of course!)

Although, I have to say, I'm relieved to see more THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER fans! Most people like THIS LULLABY better... but we all know Wes could take Dexter, hands down ;)

Shelly B said...

Hi Melissa! Another great interview! Love that this story is set in Austin. I'm a Texan!!

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit said...

Some days, I want to be Melissa's model protagonist, Violet, and have that wonderful friendship with Roger that (hopefully) turns into something more!

Erica said...

Great interview!

I've never read Franny and Zooey but I have read The Truth About Forever and I loved it.

and reading the comments, yay, only a month til Blue Moon. I'm getting it delivered to my door the day its released. Everytime a book I really want comes out I do that, and I sit there and read straight through :P And no one bugs me.

:) Erica