Author Interview: Melissa Walker
- Violet on the Runway
- Violet by Design
- Violet in Private
- Lovestruck Summer
- Small Town Sinners
Describe Small Town Sinners in three words.
Girl opens eyes.
Small Town Sinners is something totally different for you, how have your readers been reacting?
So far so good, though I admit to being nervous about it! That said, I think imagining that readers want the same thing from you again and again can be limiting, so I’m glad that people seem to be happy to see something different from me.
You tackle a lot of series issues in Small Town Sinners, were you ever afraid or apprehensive to do it? Why or why not?
Yes, it’s definitely scary to write about religion because it’s such a personal subject. I worried that people would think I was being judgmental or not critical enough or too sensitive or too brash… really I worried a lot. But it was a story I wanted to tell after having visited a few Hell Houses and seeing how much they meant to people.
What other projects besides writing have you been working on? You’re a Readergirlz and I Heart Daily… any others you can tell us about?
I also run beforeyouwerehot.com, and of course I’ve got two more books going. Oh, and a baby girl due August 5th! So life feels like a juggling act right now but it’s full of really fun things, so I’m lucky!
What books are in your summer reading pile?
Tara Altebrando’s DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB, Lisa Schroeder’s THE DAY BEFORE, Jo Knowles’s PEARL, Dana Reinhardt’s THE SUMMER I LEARNED TO FLY, Nova Ren Suma’s IMAGINARY GIRLS, Sarah Mlynowski’s 10 THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE)… and a ton of others. The pile is HIGH but full of awesome.