Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Guest Blogger: Melissa Walker, author of the newly released Violet By Design

I have my first-ever guest-blogger here today and I couldn’t be more excited about it because she totally rocks. Melissa Walker’s post appears below. You can visit Melissa at: http://www.melissacwalker.com. She’s the author of the “Violet” series, the story of tall, skinny Violet Greenfield who’s been P-L-A-I-N practically forever, but when a lady in giant Chanel sunglasses tells her that she could be IT, Violet decides to take the chance and dive into the world of modeling. The second book VIOLET BY DESIGN was released yesterday and I’m urging you to get it now because Violet is a great character and Melissa, who has tons of experience freelancing for teen mags, knows her stuff when it comes to the fashion and modeling worlds. So plan to enjoy Violet A.S.A.P. and without further adieu, please enjoy Melissa’s delightful blog:

When I was a 16, I worked at a movie theater in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Those of you who’ve read Violet on the Runway might recognize that situation—yes, Violet is lightly based on me (but I was never a supermodel!).

Anyway, I spent long Saturday afternoons sitting in a glass box, selling a few tickets every two hours and spending most of the time daydreaming in my own head while I finished my math homework. We had an Indigo Girls CD in heavy rotation at the Plaza, and to this day I cannot hear any songs from “Rites of Passage” without checking to see if I’m wearing a vest and a bowtie.

I had a huge crush on… well, a few people as the years went by (I worked there for a long time), but let’s just say this song reminds me of what it felt to be in unrequited teenage l-o-v-e:

music player
I made this music player at MyFlashFetish.com. More colors.

What song reminds you of a what-might-have-been love? Sometimes I make wallow mixes, and I need new material.


Melissa Walker said...

Thanks, Stephanie. I'm sure you're glad that you can hear the Indigo Girls on your blog anytime now! ;)

Jessica Burkhart said...

I love that music widget. :)

Sherry said...

I love Indigo Girls :D

The one song I know that always makes me smile and reminds me of the guy I like is Goodnight and Go by Imogen Heap. It's just so airy, and light, and if you ever see the video, it is so out of whack (in a good way :D )!.

Rae said...

"When I'm With You" by Tony Terry. The guy I crushed on at that time (I was like 15) sang this song to me while we slow danced at a mutual friend's party. It's a sweet love song and Tony Terry was one of my fave singers. Sadly, nothing ever came out of that sweet serenade. *sigh*

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Melissa and hey, I might have an Indigo Girls moment, you never know. And like Jessica I do love that widget, especially since I'm the mix tape queen, so I may have to use it at some point.

As for my wallow songs, I had a lot of unrequited love issues in late junior high and early high school and some rather screwed up early relationships so my wallow songs tend toward the bitter side. For example my ultimate wallow song will always be Something I Can Never Have by Nine Inch Nails. Ooh and Silent All These Years by Tori Amos.

Anonymous said...

my swoon song would definitely have to to "i will write you a song" by plain white t's.
oh, and "first day of my life" by bright eyes. that video is adorable-you should check it out!

Authorness said...

Hi, Steph and Melissa! Congrats on your second release, Melissa. I'm also an ex-cinema worker.

k.d. Lang's 'Constant Craving' always makes me think of unrequited love.

:) Vanessa

Melissa Walker said...

ooh, i can see the beginnings of a good wallowing mix tape here--thanks, guys!

vanessa, we must trade popcorn stories one day!