Monday, March 23, 2009

On The Outside: Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker is probably the coolest young adult author today. She's the author of the super fantabulous Violet series, Violet on the Runway; Violet by Design; Violet in Private. Her newest novel, Lovestruck Summer, comes out in May and she's here to talk about the title! Melissa Walker's Cover Stories is the inspiration behind On The Outside, she had already talked about the cover for her newest book and you can find that here. And poke around her awesome website while your at it!


Okay, so my next book is called LOVESTRUCK SUMMER. It's he story of
18-year-old Quinn, an indie-rock girl spending the summer in Austin on
a coveted music internship. While she hopes to find the perfect
hipster boyfriend, she unexpectedly falls in love with a college
cowboy who makes her challenge her own stereotypes, expand her musical
tastes, and ultimately open up her world.

I had a looong list of title tries after the publisher told me they
wanted to call it COOL SUMMER (which sounded slightly boring to me).

Here was my list of ideas (some were semi-jokey, but I was hoping
they'd inspire the title wizards at HarperCollins):
Cowboy Summer
Summer Country
Southwest Summer
Texas-Sized Summer
Head Over Heels
Lovestruck Summer
Summer Fever
Sounds of Summer
Greetings From Austin
Number One Single
Hit Summer Single
Summer Single
Austin City Summer
Summer Mix
My Summer Mix
Live from Austin
Love from Austin

So anyway, they liked LOVESTRUCK SUMMER, and I really adore the word
"lovestruck" (doesn't it just sound like romance punching you in the
face, in a good way?) so everyone ended up happy!

Thanks for asking me about the title, Kelsey!


Thanks Melissa!

If any author wants more details on how you can do an On The Outside post with me, please email me at with On The Outside in the subject line and I'll get to you immediately with the details!


  1. I love Melissa Walker! Her blog is Awesome and I loved the Violet books. I can't wait until Lovestruck Summer.

  2. Lovestruck Summer does sound awesome. I'm excited.

    And it's definitely a nicer title then Cool Summer. That just seems too plain.


  3. Wow! I didn't know Melissa Walker had a new book out! I am definitely requesting this one from the library!

  4. I love hearing of title origins! Go Melissa. Glad you ended up with a title that you liked, that suited the story, and that is so cute. Three big needs! :)

  5. I like that Melissa actually had a say in the title! I would imagine a lot of the time authors don't get a ton of say, sort of like with the covers.

  6. I love the word lovestruck. Excellent choice!


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