Thursday, May 21, 2009

Girlfriends Cyber Circuit Presents Melissa Walker

I managed to lose more than 2,000 words while still making lots of progress, so I think yesterday came out ahead, in a sense. Just remember, thinking is your friend. And I got what I think is a potentially brilliant story idea last night that I will have to let the subconscious creative squirrel play with while I finish the current project.

In the meantime, I've got another Girlfriends Cyber Circuit guest, Melissa Walker, author of Lovestruck Summer. Quinn is 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!

Now, the interview:
Was there any particular inspiration behind this story?
A trip to Austin--with it's blasts of heat, amazing live music and colorful characters--totally inspired me to set a romance there.

What, if anything, do you have in common with the main character of this book?
Quinn can be judgmental of people when she first meets them, but she's trying to be more open. (Me too.)

Did you get to visit Austin to research the setting for this book? If so, what were some of the "hot spots" you'd recommend for people who travel there and want to experience the world of the book?
I did! I recommend: The Continental (old school country music bar), Barton Springs (natural spring pond to swim in), Iron Works (amazing barbecue!), and the Four Seasons Hotel lawn, to watch the bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge.

(Here's where I have to confess what a loser I am. I went to college in Austin and lived there four years, and yet I've only done one of those things. I have gone to Barton Springs, once, and got a terrible sunburn. But I've never seen the bats and I didn't go to any bars or clubs. I managed to avoid the "Austin live music scene" entirely, unless you count classical and jazz concerts at the university. Sad, huh?)

When you were a teen, what would your ideal summer internship have been?
At a magazine. And I got to do it! Dream come true.

What are you working on now?
A new book, but it's a secret so far!

Is there anything else you'd like to say about this book or the process of writing it?
For a chance to win Lovestruck Summer, plus 3 other great beach reads, your readers can go to this site.

For more info, visit Melissa's web site. Or you can buy the book from Amazon.

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