I am a reader, I feel like I always have been. I am constantly surrounded by books in both my personal and professional worlds.
I have read excessively since the second grade. I have attempted, again and again, to keep a list of the books I've read and how I felt about them but so far have been unsuccessful. This is an attempt to keep track of the books I'm reading, and my thoughts about them. My goal is to publish at least one review a week (no promises though). Wish me luck!
Is there someone or
something that has had a major influence on your writing?
Each book has its own
inspiration. With Flash it’s easy to say that the book is informed
by my own experiences as a photographer. I majored in photography and
fully intended to be a photojournalist but life doesn’t always accommodate you
so I wound up writing.
One day I was having an
email chat with a friend who is a comedy writer and the idea occurred to me
what if a teenage girl had to become a paparazzi in order to support her family
now that they had moved to Los Angeles.
I thought it would be a
series of bizarre escapades but the moment I began writing, the characters had
The completed novel is
very different than I had imagined it that afternoon. Books are like
life. They don’t always accommodate you either!
Bad Apple was inspired by the murder of a friend. It
was a very complicated situation and took a long time for me to sort out all
the emotions of it. When I did, I was able to put some of the experience
into the book series—Bad Apple, Burning Daylightand Rise.
What do you listen to
when you write?
I have very eclectic tastes
and it depends on the day. It could be madrigals and lute or it could be
Lady Gaga or Linkin Park.
Flash is the story of a 15 year old girl, Kip Chanin,
who has been pretending to be 18 for a couple years. She’s done this in
order to drive a car and get freelance work as a photographer because her
mother is a little on the unpredictable and unserious side. Someone has
to be the adult in the family.
When Dew, the mother,
decides she wants to become a film star and they move to Los Angeles in order
to attempt this nutty scheme, Kip has to become a paparazzi in order to pay the
The first night on the
street, Kip takes a photo of the young actor, Alex Milne, and that one shot
changes both of their lives. He’s intense, handsome, blond and an
extremely caring person. Of course Kip falls for him. Of course he
falls for her. There’s that little age discrepancy--Kip’s really not
18--and the fact that Alex spends most of his time in Eastern Europe shooting a
movie about killing a dragon titled Paper Wings.
There is a sequel titled
Flash of Lightthat ties up most of the loose ends. Does Kip solve
the murder that’s been hanging over the Milne family for decades? That’s
Do you have any other
books in the works? Can you tell us about them?
Right now, I’m in the
middle of Bittersweet Farm Book 2—Joyful Spirit. It’s a series set
at a stable and is about the horses and riding but in equal measure about the
half sisters competing for the attention of their new trainer.
After that I will be
writing Bad Apple 4—Parked. That’s about Neal Marchal and Truly
Lambert who came together because of a murder and formed a band while creating
a very personal relationship. This book will see them as the band becomes
more in demand and Neal and Truly are pulled in opposite directions.
Who is your favorite
author and why?
In women’s fiction that
would probably be Victoria Clayton. She’s so well-read and has such
command of the language, it’s always a joy to read her. And she tells a
good story, too!
If it’s just in general,
it would probably be Umberto Eco.
What are you currently
I’m a bad bad girl.
I start books because they look so interesting before I finish others.
I’m reading the biography of a woman who was a portrait photographer in
Hollywood, reading a nonfiction book on how to train three-day event horses as
research for the Bittersweet Farm book and also reading a manual on Photoshop.
Thank you, Melanie, for
giving me the opportunity to introduce myself and my novel Flash to your