We are so excited to share with you our very first Author Interview. Melissa Brown’s debut novel Bouquet Toss has just been released and is getting rave reviews. I was playing around on Twitter a couple of days ago and saw a few posts mentioning a new release, Bouquet Toss. I opened one of the posts to find a picture of the book cover and thought that it reminded me of the movie 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl. Being into chick flicks and the like I thought I would check it out. WOW is all I can say. If you aren’t familiar with this novel or Melissa yet, you will be hearing a lot about Bouquet Toss and Melissa soon!! Being how both D and I loved this novel so much, we thought, it only fitting that since this is Melissa’s first novel and it’s our first interview, we should celebrate our firsts together.
Melissa, thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few of our questions.
Of course! It’s my pleasure 🙂
What was the inspiration behind Bouquet Toss? Was it based on an event/events in your life or was this a story that just came to you?
Yes, it is. The prologue is an actual journal entry that I wrote about someone way back when. I used it to construct the story of Bouquet Toss. I was also the “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” girl right after college. So, I combined the two to create a premise.
While reading Bouquet Toss I was overcome with emotion especially during a couple of pivotal scenes (not to worry people, no spoilers will be found here), were you as emotional writing the novel?
Yes, definitely! I had to put myself in Daphne’s shoes during those moments and tried to imagine how difficult or wonderful things would have been for her. I am an emotional person by nature, so it wasn’t difficult to do. I did find myself reaching for tissues during the editing process, which made me laugh a little bit. The really happy stuff still makes me tear up a bit when I read it. But, then again, I’ve been known to tear up at sappy, heartwarming commercials. 🙂
What is the one thing that you hope the reader takes away from reading Bouquet Toss?
To follow your heart and, always be yourself. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.
How nervous were you releasing your first novel?
Oh man…there are no words to describe the amount of adrenaline that is still coursing through my veins ever since I hit the “publish” button on Amazon and knew that when I woke up the next morning, it would be available. But, I wouldn’t trade this feeling for the world!
Are you currently working on anything new (our fingers are crossed)?
Yes, I am currently working on the follow-up spin off of Bouquet Toss. It is called “Champagne Toast” and it is Evan’s story. My friend, Janna Mashburn, is co-authoring the book with me. She was Evan’s biggest fan as I was writing the book and it’s because of her that he became such a pivotal character. We just started writing yesterday and are having so much fun as we plan out the story for Evan and Kate (the girl who broke his heart). It will be available next year.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Oh my goodness, how much time do you have?? My very favorite author is Tarryn Fisher, author of “The Opportunist”—that book changed my life. Never had I ever been so entranced by a story, so wrapped up in a book’s characters. I highly recommend it! She is brilliant. Also, Tracey-Garvis Graves, Colleen Hoover and S. C. Stephens. They are amazing writers who inspire me daily.
What are you reading right now?
“Captive in the Dark” by C.J. Roberts. Oh man!!!! By the end of the first paragraph, I was completely hooked. I have a feeling she will be added to the list above very soon as one of my favorite authors.
Thank you so much, Melissa, for taking the time to talk to us. We can’t wait to share this brilliant novel J
Thank you!! I am honored 🙂