If your life (so far) were a book, what would the title be?
I Really Want You to Like Me (But I’m trying to get over my people pleasing ways!)
What is the greatest story ever told?
I’m very into The Boy Who Cried Wolf right now, because I have a three year old who often “really needs” things.
Who is the greatest literary character ever created?
Possibly Curious George.
Which living or dead writer would you most like to share a meal with?
I would not say no to a pint with Charles Dickens.
What is your favorite word right now?
Ace, as an adjective.
What word has always looked or sounded strange to you?
Liaison, mostly for the spelling.
How many words have you written today?
Where have you had your most exhilarating writing experience?
This is boring, but it was most likely at home in my big overstuffed chair.
What is the thing about writing that you most deplore?
Opening the manuscript and not knowing what comes next.
What is the thing about writing that you most love?
When you get lost in the writing and it feels like the characters are talking in your head while you transcribe their words and feelings.
What stereotype about writers have you found to be true?
They’re smart and watchful.
What’s the biggest misconception about writers/writing?
The work is not all solitary — I have writing dates often and it helps to write side-by-side.
What’s the one thing no one would ever guess about you from reading your writing?
Well, I HOPE people wouldn’t guess that nearly every sentence they’re reading has been rewritten at least twice.
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 (see samples of her magazine work). She is the co-founder of I Heart Daily with fellow ex-ELLEgirlAnne 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). Get in touch to discuss.