Saturday, May 9, 2015

1 Melissa Walker, author of DUST TO DUST, on pushing through writing boundaries

We're thrilled to have Melissa Walker stop by to tell us more about DUST TO DUST, her sequel to ASHES TO ASHES.

Melissa, tell us about your inspiration for writing DUST TO DUST.

I have to admit to being inspired by the movie GHOST, and I longed to write a scene that really connected the spirit world with the real world, where two of the characters connect between dimensions. So there's a particular moment where Callie is swimming and Thatcher meets her out in the water — it's a nod to Swayze-Moore in Ghost, and it was really fun to write.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

I learned so much writing ASHES TO ASHES and DUST TO DUST, mostly that they are out of my comfort zone as they deal with ghosts and a world beyond our own. It was very hard for me to conceive of this other world, and I struggled through writing both of these novels. That said, I learned a ton about my own writing boundaries and how to push through them.

What are you working on now?

I'm back to writing a very fun Contemporary YA, plus working on two Middle Grade ideas--here's hoping they come together!


Dust to Dust by Melissa Walker
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 5/5/2015

Perfect for fans of If I Stay or Imaginary Girls, Dust to Dust is the mysterious, thoughtful, and poignant sequel to Melissa Walker's haunting and heartbreaking novel Ashes to Ashes.

When Callie McPhee miraculously recovers from a tragic accident that should have taken her life, she thought her connection to the ghost world would be severed forever. And that she would never see Thatcher—the ghost she fell in love with in the hereafter—again. But when she receives unexpected signs from Thatcher, she's led down a dark road toward the angry souls who once tried to steal her soul's energy for another chance at life.

Now Callie must prevent the real world and the spirit world from colliding, and that could mean saying good-bye to people she'd never imagined she'd lose.

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Melissa Walker is a writer who has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. All in the name of journalism, she has spent 24 hours with male models and attended an elite finishing school for girls in New Zealand, among other hardships. She has written for many publications including Redbook, Glamour, New York, Teen Vogue, Family Circle and more. She is the co-founder of I Heart Daily with fellow ex-ELLEgirl Anne Ichikawa. It’s a daily newsletter about likable stuff.

Melissa lives in Brooklyn and has a BA in English from Vassar College. She would tell you her SAT scores too, but, you know, the math part was hard. She loves meeting teenagers, and is game to speak at your library or school about writing, books, fashion, magazines or pop culture (but, you know, in a smart way).

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Happy reading,

Martina, Jocelyn, Shelly, Jan, Lisa, Susan, and Erin

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