Blog Tour: Interview with Melissa West, Author of Gravity
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.
The Overstuffed Bookcase (TOB): Top 5 words to describe your book?
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?
MW: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, SWEET EVIL, INBETWEEN, and THE DIVINERS.
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?
MW: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE HUNGER GAMES, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, WHERE SHE WENT, and A WRINKLE IN TIME.
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.
-GRAVITY at root is about how we handle what is different.
-I hope readers see that Ari is both tough and sensitive.
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.