Blog Tours & Interviews

Blog Tour: Interview with Melissa West, Author of Gravity

Hi everyone!  I’m super excited to be a part of Entangled Publishing’s blog tour for Gravity by Melissa West!  I just read Gravity myself and loved it! Here’s a little about Gravity, which has its full release today (Happy Book Birthday, Melissa!):

Gravity (The Taking #1)
by Melissa West

Published November 20, 2012
by Entangled Teen
Find it:  Goodreads 
Amazon Barnes & Noble

In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

Interview with Melissa West

Melissa was kind enough to answer some of my “Top 5” questions about Gravity, writing, and life in general!

The Overstuffed Bookcase (TOB):  Top 5 words to describe your book?

Melissa West (MW):  Fast-paced, intense, thought-provoking, emotional, surprising.
TOB:  Top 5 words to describe your main character, Ari?
MW:  Intelligent, driven, tough, caring, moral. 
TOB:  Top 5 books you’ve read this year?
TOB:  Top 5 items you have to have nearby while writing?
MW:  Pen, paper, highlighter, my cell phone, and a bottle of water. 
TOB:  Top 5 places to write/read?
MW:  I actually don’t have 5 favorite places for either. I typically write in my room with the door closed in my glider. :) I read anywhere I can. 
TOB:  Top 5 books you’d want to save from your house in an emergency?
TOB:  Top 5 tips for aspiring writers?
MW:  Read constantly. Pay attention to what works in books you enjoy. Have people critique your work and listen openly to their suggestions. Revise as often as needed. Put your work away and come back to it with fresh eyes. 
TOB:  Top 5 literary characters?
MW:  Elizabeth Bennet, Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, Meg Murry, Frodo Baggins.
TOB:  Top 5 book boyfriends?
MW:  Dimitri Belikov, Jace Wayland, Kaidan Rowe, Peeta Mellark, Tobias “Four” Eaton.
TOB:  Top 5 authors you’d want to have dinner with?
MW:  Suzanne Collins, Madeleine L’Engle, Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, Lois Lowry. 
TOB:  Top 5 messages you want readers to take from Gravity?
MW:  –GRAVITY takes a look at war and whether there is a right or wrong, a good or bad, when so many people are impacted. 
-Ari trusts Jackson out of hope, more than anything else. It’s a testament to how much we will put on the line when we have to for the sake of hope. 
-GRAVITY at root is about how we handle what is different. 
-I hope readers see that Ari is both tough and sensitive. 
TOB:  Top 5 favorite TV shows?
MW:  666 Park Avenue, Top Chef, Project Runway, Hart of Dixie, Friends.
TOB:  Top 5 favorite movies?
MW:  The Wizard of Oz, Tombstone, Pretty Woman, Pride & Prejudice, Matrix.

About Melissa

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. 

GRAVITY is her first novel.

Find Melissa:  Website │ Blog Facebook Goodreads Twitter

Great answers!  I agree with you on so many of those!  And I totally got all those messages and themes from Gravity!  And I bleed orange, too, but my alma mater is Oklahoma State University.  ;)  Thanks, Melissa, for taking the time to stop by!

Be sure to come back later this week for my review of Gravity, and check out Melissa’s Twitter Party today, celebrating the full release of Gravity!  Plus, go here to find all the other awesome stops on the Gravity Blog Tour!


  1. Amy

    November 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Great post!! See I never really wondered why Ari trusts Jackson so much, I just thought she fell for him rather quickly. I know why he fell for her so quick, he has been falling for her forever. Dude!! 666 Park Avenue is awesome. I love that show.

  2. fakesteph

    November 21, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I love this interview idea and Melissa West seems totally charming. I love the advice for aspiring authors, so I'll forgive her for picking Dmitri over Adrian. ;)

  3. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    November 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Great interview Andrea! I love how diverse her tastes are.

  4. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    November 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I love your question style, Andrea, it definitely made for an interesting author interview! I love knowing what books, movies, shows, characters authors love because it really tells me if they have good taste… which in turn usually leads to them being good writers! I also find it interesting that she'd take Goblet of Fire out of all the HP books… I'd really have to think about that one!

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