Interview with Melissa Burmester, Author of the YA Fantasy Novel Ginger High
Joining us today is the talented author behind the young adult fantasy novel, Ginger High. We’ll talk to Melissa Burmester about her debut release, the challenges of being a young novelist and what her future plans are. Welcome to The Book Connection, Melissa. We’re excited to have you here.
Why don’t you start by telling our readers a bit about yourself? When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t remember but I have always been writing short stories. It just comes out, sometimes I don’t even know that I am writing.
Now at 14, you’ve already published your first novel. How do you feel about that? Is it all exciting or are there parts about being published so young that are scary too?
I feel… normal about it. I feel the same like before I published it. When I get a bad review I get sad but a couple of minutes later I just shrug it off. The scariest part is if I have to do a live interview either on the phone or on television. I am really shy and I don’t talk much unless I feel really comfortable around someone.
Tell us about Ginger High?
Ginger High is about a school that is for students with powers. Some of them can control air, fire, and some come heal. There is also an alternate universe called Animist where the people with powers reside. In this book, a group of students and their friends have to solve a murder that has been happening for years.
Where did you find the inspiration for this story?
Mew Mew Power. This anime show was my inspiration for the alternate world. Also I watched Angel and I loved it.
How long did it take you to bring this book from the first draft to the final published product?
It took about two years for everything. For the first draft I worked with it for a year then another year for the second draft and the editing.
Tell us about your main characters. Why will readers relate to them? What will they like about them?
Some readers might find some of the characters relationships like their own. There are a lot of friend problems between some of the characters. Also, some will not give up a relationship even if the other person wants them to.