Thursday, April 12, 2012

Why I Write: Melissa West



There’s something powerful in words, a freedom that allows us to reach beyond our daily voices and actions to something more pure. For me, I write to find that purity of opinion and thought.

See, I am the definitive opinionated person. I like to talk about all the things we aren’t supposed to talk about—religion, race, prejudice, you name it—and I love the passion that these issues tend to bring out. I love people, and I tend to root for the underdog, so you can imagine my stance on many of these things. I want so much for this world and tend to feel that we go about our daily lives oblivious to the world around us.

 All that said, I am wildly respectful of others. So instead of talking about racism and prejudice and how we handle anything outside the norm, I wrote GRAVITY, which at root takes a look at the moral dilemma of what extents humans would go to gain back full control of Earth.

 And it’s not just GRAVITY.

Everything I write has a theme, and while I’m not so arrogant as to believe I can change the world, I do hope that my novels give pause. I hope readers think as they’re reading them, about not just the story, but our world and how we exist in that world. I want my stories to be fun and action-packed, but if a reader turns the last page of my book without thinking at all, then I’ve failed as an author.



Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L'Engle.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

She is represented by Louise Fury of L. Perkins Agency.
 
Her book, GRAVITY, comes out on October 16, 2012 from Entangled Publishing.


You can find it on Amazon and Goodreads.

Connect with Melissa on her website and on twitter.



And don't forget to enter to win a ton of amazing prizes! ONE person will win everything--so the more you enter, comment, tweet, the better your chances.



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23 comments:

  1. OK, so I'm new to Twitter. Does retweeting something count? Sorry for my ignorance!

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    1. Yes, retweeting counts. As long as you can provide the link, you're good. :-)

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  2. I write because you can be yourself. And it's fun. Create plots and worlds out of nothing but your brain. Amazing.

    Read's what I do when I need a break from writing and other things. It's fun and enjoyable.

    Great giveaway! :)

    -Maddi

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  3. Really excited for this book!!

    I write because I love existing in a world of my own making. I'm a daydreamer through and through :)

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  4. I write to get all my bottled up emotions out. I read to escape, I love exploring different worlds & meeting new characters. Reading & writing are the two things that will never change in my life until I die. Also does JUST ONE PERSON get all the stuff up for the giveaway?!?

    Lisseth @read-a-holicz.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Lisseth! Yes, one person will win ALL the goodies. :-)

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    2. WOW!That person will be very LUCKY & Happy!

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  6. I read because I can travel anywhere, learn anything and be surprised constantly. For me a good book is one that makes me think, and feel.

    I love that you talk about these subjects, they're usually subjects that people will do anything to avoid. I'm interested to see how they're presented in your writing. Can't wait for October:D

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  7. I write and I read because it's all I know how to do. It's my escape into another world, either in my own imagination (my writing), or through the words and worlds someone else created (reading). I honestly don't know what I would do without books. Probably stare at the wall and go crazy from not being able to get these ideas out of my head.

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  8. I read because I love experiencing the world in someone else's eyes, to escape, even for just a few hours you kinda become someone else LOL. I write because I love making up characters and scenarios in my head and I find it really relaxing!

    thebookgoddess(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I write because the words in my head won't leave me alone. I read because I am transported to other worlds/times. For a moment in time, I can be someone else.

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  11. I'm looking forward to reading Gravity! Melissa, thanks for giving us some insight into you and your writing! I write because it's the only way to get some of the stories and characters out of my head. After I've taken the time to write something, anything, I feel better. Life is a little less stressful, and I feel a little happier. It's a sort of therapy for me.

    jlnaccari(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! I hope you'll enjoy it. :)

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  12. Great post, and what a great reason to write :)

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  13. It's just a terribly bad habit that I can't break. Not as dangerous as smoking though, I quit that.

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  14. If it's possible, I am now even MORE excited to read 'Gravity' after reading this. Yay!

    I agree with the quote at the top. I write because I don't feel like I should be doing something else when I write.

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  15. I don't really write stories because I can't express all my feelings properly, but I do love to read because I think YA novels are my way to escape harsh reality, to make me relax.

    me_winy AT yahoo DOT com DOT ph

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  16. I read a lot but I'm not a natural writer. Although I really loved it when I write reviews. It always took me a lot of time to write one but it feels like I've accomplished something really good if I finished a review. I really loved it when I'm being able to express my opinions and thoughts about the books I read, its like a therapy, I guess. I just really need to take them out and share them to other people.

    Anyway, I'm really looking forward reading Gravity! The first time I read the blurb I was already hooked. So glad to hear your insights about writing, Melissa! :))

    Eunice @ Book Overdose

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