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Walkin’ the runway: An interview with author Melissa Walker

Posted By Denebola On September 23, 2007 @ 8:33 pm In Features | Comments Disabled

“A wallflower in the spotlight can do one of two things: wilt, or blossom…” Melissa Walker’s first book Violet on the Runway, which comes out this month, has been excerpted in Cosmogirl and reviewed in the September issue of Nylon .

Walker’s book is about a high school senior named Violet Greenfield, and her journey from plain to fabulous as she is discovered as the next “it” model.

Walker, who has a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, has previously worked at both Seventeen and ELLEgirl magazines, and recently appeared on VH1′s The Fabulous Life of Celebrity Kids.

Denebola : How did you get started writing teen novels?

Walker: Well, the summer before I started high school, I filled a looseleaf notebook with the tale of an overweight girl who wanted to find a prom date, so I guess you could say I always had some book dreams.

I worked on my high school yearbook, then my college paper, and when I graduated, I started writing for magazines. In magazines, you hardly ever write anything over 1,000 words, so writing a book seemed daunting. But as features editor at ELLEgirl , I saw an audience who inspired me–they were such smart, funny girls and I got to the point where I wanted to write more for them.

D: What inspired you to write Violet on the Runway ?

W: My time at ELLEgirl gave me insight into the fashion world and how newer models live in NYC (which can be glamorous, scary, thrilling and a little dark all at the same time).

That knowledge kind of overlapped with my long-time dream of writing a teen novel about a small town girl in the big city (original, right?). The fashion world thing gave it more focus and helped me nail down the plot.

D: Are any of the characters based upon people you know or have known in the past?

W: Officially, no. But honestly, I don’t think ANYONE who writes fiction hasn’t drawn on some real personalities from his or her life.

My high school friends have told me they’re looking for themselves in the book, though, and I’m not THAT obvious so they won’t find themselves!

D: Does your book give a specific message to the young girls who read it?

W: I hope what it does is create a feeling of “we all go through this same struggle with confidence and figuring out what matters to us.” I just want readers to relate to Violet and appreciate her right– and wrong–choices along the way.

D: Which group of readers do you expect will most enjoy the book?

W: Anyone interested in modeling or fashion will probably like the backstage look at those industries, but I also hope that book appeals to any girl who has been looking to read about a character who’s finding her way through high school and beyond.

Honestly, high school has a lot in common with the fashion world: diva behavior, backstabbing colleagues, slimy guys and a few great friends in the middle of it all.

D: Are you planning on publishing more books in the future? Or are you working on any other novels right now?

W: The sequel to Violet on the Runway is called Violet by Design, and it comes out in March. There’ll be a third one next August (that’s the one I’m still writing).

For more information about Walker and her two books, you can visit Melissa Walker’s website at www. melissacwalker.com. Or, you can also visit her Myspace page at www.myspace.com/melissawalker.

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