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Melissa Walker: Haunted at 17

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My new novel, 17 & Gone, comes out tomorrow, March 21, and to mark the release of this story about a 17-year-old girl haunted by the missing, I’ve asked some authors I know to join me in answering this question… What haunted YOU at 17? Here’s a vlog from Melissa Walker revealing what she feared would never happen to her when she was 17 years old or ever…


Guest vlog from Melissa Walker

(Melissa Walker at 17, dressed for the senior prom.)

(Melissa Walker at 17, dressed for the senior prom.)

Melissa Walker reveals:

“What haunted me at 17 was that I was afraid I was never going to have a boyfriend… That is the very light way of saying that what haunted me was that I was afraid no one was ever going to love me.”

Watch the full video here:


Unbreak My HeartMelissa Walker has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She is the author of Small Town Sinners, the Violet on the Runway series, and Lovestruck Summer. Melissa manages the daily e-newsletter, iheartdaily.com and handles blogging for readergirlz.com.

Find her online at melissacwalker.com.

Follow @melissacwalker on Twitter.


MORE HAUNTINGS

Don’t miss the other posts in the series. Throughout the week, more YA authors will reveal what haunted them at 17. Here are the Haunted at 17 posts so far…

Feel inspired and want to share what haunted you at 17? If you write a post on your blog, leave a link or tweet it to me. I’ll send you some 17 & Gone swag if you’d like it, and I’ll be featuring all the posts in a round-up at the end of the week!

You don’t have to be a writer to take part in this. All you have to be is someone who was once 17.


GIVEAWAY! 

Want to win a signed hardcover of 17 & Gone, some swag, and a signed hardcover of Imaginary Girls to keep it company? Every commenter on this Haunted at 17 post will be entered to win. You can also enter by filling out this entry form.

The giveaway is international. Closes 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 28. Two winners will be chosen.


 17 & GONE NEWS:

  • 17&Gone_thumbIf you’ll be in New York City for the NYC Teen Author Festival, come see me and get a signed copy of the book! Full schedule here—look out for me on Friday, March 22 at the Union Square Barnes & Noble or Saturday, March 23 at McNally Jackson or Sunday, March 24 at Books of Wonder!
  • The 17 & Gone Blog Tour is all about the images that spoke to me—and inspired and illuminated parts of the story—while I was writing the book. I collected them on my Pinterest inspiration board, and each stop on the blog tour reveals one of these images and a passage inspired by it. Here’s an image that made me think of Abby at this stop at Confessions of a Readaholic.
  • Kristina Perez has interviewed me for her Madeleine Project. Come find out my answers to some of the most important questions.
  • If you’ve pre-ordered 17 & Gone or plan to buy it this week (thank you so much for your support! it means the world to me!) and can’t be in New York City to get it signed, I have a way to sign your book from afar. Leave a comment on this photo on my Facebook author page and I may just mail you a signed and personalized bookplate.

NEXT UP…

What haunted Kat Rosenfield at 17?

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4 thoughts on “Melissa Walker: Haunted at 17

  1. I can definitely say I’ve felt like this at one point. It’s hard not to! I used to be terrified of it. Luckily I found my best friend and married young.

  2. LOVE the video – and it’s so true, I too was worried I’d never have a boyfriend, there would never be anyone who loved me for me, who thought I was special, who was brave enough to actually ask me out because he was as embarrassed and afraid of rejection as I was.

    Thank you:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  3. I will totally agree that this was actually something that bothered me a lot as a teen, though it was way before I turned 17. I always felt like I was the unnoticed one among my group of friends, who were and still are beautiful and wonderful and just attention-grabbing. I felt like no boy would ever notice me or love me or care about… and then I turned 16 and fell in love.

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