Not only did I have the pleasure of talking with Selene once, but she was willing to do a second go, at our Casual Conversation. That will be another story to tell.
Have you ever had this feeling when you meet someone, that some how you possibly may know them? Once you start talking you have lots in common. The discussion just blooms into other different topics that go on and on. From talking about her teacher that had such a great impact on her life, to the stranger, turned friend, that is the inspiration for the her new book Melt. Selene Castrovilla and I could have talked all night long, about all things literature and life! Enjoy!
MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism?
Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.
For the past month leading up to the release of MELT, Selene Castrovilla has shared a fantastic MELTdown post every day on her blog! In these posts she’s shared tidbits of “insider information” about MELT: its content, its inspiration and her writing process… including excerpts! The first post is HERE, and you use the post navigation at the bottom of the page to click through and read them. Enjoy!
Tour Schedule for this week
Monday, November 17th – A Leisure Moment
Wednesday, November 19th – The Best Books Ever
Friday, November 21st – One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads
Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April 2013. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!