August 29th, 2008

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Melissa Walker!

by Melissa Walker

Is there life off the runway?

VIOLET IN PRIVATE (Berkley Jam Trade Paperback; August 5, 2008; $9.99) is the third novel in the series by former magazine editor Melissa Walker about Violet—the wallflower who blooms into an international modeling star—until she realizes there may be more to life than the runway…

Everyone knows her as Violet Greenfield, the supposedly cultured and worldly nineteen-year-old with sky-high confidence because she’s done fashion weeks internationally. But the truth is, modeling has done little for Violet’s self-esteem. And now that she’s finally headed to college, she’s terrified that she’ll turn back into that girl who blended into the walls all throughout high school…

Violet’s friends in fashion are only a two-hour train ride away in New York City, and they all think she’s crazy to stop modeling. But her best friend Roger hopes she’ll go back to being the girl next door. Of course, things have been weird between them ever since they kissed—and now he’s got a girlfriend. So the question is: if she’s not “Violet on the Runway” anymore, who exactly is she?

Jenn: What would be the ideal spring break for some of your characters? The one they'd remember fondly for the rest of their lives?

Melissa: Violet would love to be able to re-do her time in Barcelona with her best friend Roger, whom she suddenly realizes might be her true love.

Jenn: Do your characters go on any road trips? What are they looking for?

Melissa: No road trips yet, but an international runway journey is one that Violet's been on. She's looking for her place in the fashion world, but what she finds is much more important--she finds her sense of self among the chaotic modeling scene.

Jenn: Describe your worst spring break ever.

Melissa: Me + three college girlfriends and one boyfriend (not mine) with whom I was close to having an affair. Awkward central. And very morally shaky. Not good.

Jenn: Describe your best spring break ever.

Melissa: This sounds weird, but it was snowed in in Bangor, Maine with a college boyfriend. We made an amazing mix tape, and I wrote this essay about the moment.

My snowy spring break in Bangor, Maine, 1999. I enjoy being atypical.

Big Violet contest until September 1!
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