Writer Thursday with Author Melissa Grey

I decided to start something new on the blog to spotlight writing. I’m working on a novel and always welcome advice and help. So I thought maybe other writers could use some help too!

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Writer Thursday is a weekly spotlight on writing a novel from authors and writers alike. This is a post to help writers with their skill, receive advice and just know you aren’t alone!


Today we have author Melissa Grey to talk about writing her second book The Shadow Hour.

Welcome Melissa! Your second book The Shadow Hour releases in a month (yay!) do you have any special plans?

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I’m doing a joint launch party at Books of Wonder in New York with Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter and its sequel The King Slayer (out in June!). It’s gonna be a blast. For readers who can’t make it to the New York event, I’ll probably be doing giveaways and contests around publication time (July 12th). 

Was the second book easier or harder to write?

So much harder. Second books are always harder. Second books in trilogies are the actual hardest. You have to follow up the first book while setting up the third while also making it strong enough to stand on its own without being just a bridge from point A to point B.

It was also the first time I’d written a book on contract so I felt a lot of pressure (most of which was self-inflicted) to live up to the first one. There’s a nagging little voice inside your head that wants you to believe the first book was a fluke and that you can’t write another one but it’s very important to ignore that voice because it’s a dirty rotten liar. I survived though and that’s all that matters.


What one thing were you surprised about while writing the second book?
How hard it was! The first book was pretty easy to write once is settled on an outline and allowed myself to indulge in the insanity of having 7 PoV characters. The Shadow Hour did not want to come easy. 


What advice can you give writers that are struggling with writing their first book?
Don’t worry about selling it or publishing it or getting an agent or becoming a bestseller or following current trends (remember, what’s on bookstore shelves now probably sold at least two years ago so the trends you see have already passed behind the scenes). Hell, don’t even worry about the title. Just write the damn thing to the best of your ability. Everything else is just noise. 


About the Author:

Melissa Grey was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn’t stopped writing since. After earning a degree in fine arts at Yale University, she traveled the world, then returned to Ne
w York City where she currently works as a freelance journalist. The Shadow Hour is her second novel, and the sequel to her first, The Girl at Midnight.

She can also ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time, for what it’s worth, which is not much at all.

If you’re into zany nonsense, you can find her on TwitterGoodreadsPinterest, and Instagram. She also occasionally posts book-inspired nail art at Novel Nails.

She is represented by Catherine Drayton of InkWell Management.


About the books:

Beneath the streegirl at midnightts of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.
   Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
   But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

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shadow  Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.
The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. E
very action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten t
o tear the world apart.
Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.
She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.
Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature–or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?
Welcome to the shadow hour.

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