Photo by Marcie Hume

Photo by Marcie Hume

Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker is a writer who has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. All in the name of journalism, she has spent 24 hours with male models and attended an elite finishing school for girls in New Zealand, among other hardships. She has written for many publications including Redbook, Glamour, New York, Teen Vogue, Family Circle and more (see samples of her magazine work). She is the co-founder of I Heart Daily with fellow ex-ELLEgirl Anne Ichikawa. It’s a daily newsletter about likable stuff.

Melissa lives in Brooklyn and has a BA in English from Vassar College. She would tell you her SAT scores too, but, you know, the math part was hard. She loves meeting teenagers, and is game to speak at your library or school about writing, books, fashion, magazines or pop culture (but, you know, in a smart way). Get in touch to discuss.

The Books

Violet on the RunwayViolet by Design and Violet in Private (Penguin), are books in a trilogy about a small-town girl who is scouted to become a model and finds herself in the middle of the crazy fashion world. 

Lovestruck Summer (HarperTeen) is a beach read full of indie rock and cowboys. 

Small Town Sinners (Bloomsbury) is the story of a girl who wants to star in her Evangelical community’s  production.

Unbreak My Heart (Bloomsbury) is the tale of the year that broke Clementine’s heart, and the summer that healed it… on a boat!

Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust (HarperCollins) tell the story of Callie, who has to haunt her loved ones after a horrible accident so they can move on from their loss—of her. 


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