Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Six Weeks to Yehidah by Melissa Studdard

Welcome to Author Melissa Studdard

Melissa Studdard is a professor at Lone Star College-Tomball, a book reviewer at-large for The National Poetry Review, and a contributing editor for both Tiferet and The Criterion. For Tiferet, she hosts the radio interview program, Tiferet Talk. Her stories, poems, essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in dozens of magazines and journals.  She currently lives in Texas with her daughter and their four cats. For more information, please visit  To play Six Weeks to Yehidah-related games, please go to

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’d have to say there were two most rewarding experiences. The first was the complete thrill of seeing Six Weeks to Yehidah hit the Amazon bestseller charts the evening of its debut. The second was when my mother read the book and told me she liked it.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
I would be Lizard Girl. I was bitten by an iguana in the Virgin Islands a few years ago, and now I have prehistoric DNA floating around in my bloodstream. Actually, I am Lizard Girl. I just need to figure out how to regenerate!

How do you react to a bad review?
I haven’t had one yet, but I would probably run screaming from my home and throw my crying self into the street to be hit by a car. So reviewers, if you’re reading this, take responsibility for a life. Be kind.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
The funny thing for me about characters is that each one is a mix of different people I know. So, all of my characters have a little of me in them, and none of them are fully me. It’s a fascinating part of my creative process—seeing how this blending of features from different people will take shape. It’s all very organic in the moment of writing. I don’t even realize it usually. Then when I look at the finished piece, I say, “Oh, that’s where that trait came from!”

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Let’s just assume that this island had electricity, and the reason I was stranded was not because I couldn’t get in touch with anyone, but, rather, because I wanted to be. I would have my laptop, my iphone, and someone who could repair laptops and iphones. Just for the record, this technician would look like David Beckham, have the kind disposition of the Dalai Lama, and be skilled at giving massages and discussing books.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Leonardo DaVinci. I am absolutely fascinated by people of intense energy and productivity, especially when their talents cross into multiple fields.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
This is an excellent question! There are so many of these worlds I’d like to enter, but the first one that popped into my head was Lord of the Rings. I would love to run around in the forest with Hobbits and Elves and magical rings.

Favorite places to travel?
I’m a travelling omnivore! I like almost all of it—the desert, cultural cities, the beach, rivers, the country, waterfalls. This love of variety is very apparent in the settings of Six Weeks to Yehidah. Almost every chapter leads to a new fantastical destination.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You should read Six Weeks to Yehidah because it’s a magical, mythical, mystical journey that will change how you see the world.

Six Weeks to Yehidah:

Move over, C.S. Lewis; Melissa Studdard is here! Annalise of the Verdant Hills is one of the most delightful protagonists to skip through the pages of literature since Dorothy landed in Oz. Join Annalise and her two walking, talking wondersheep as they travel to ever more outlandish places and meet outrageous and enlightening folk on their journey to discover interconnectedness in a seemingly disconnected world. Discover with them how just one person can be the start of the change we all strive for. A book for all ages, for all time: wonderful, wacky, and bursting with truth!

Giveaway Details:
1 paperback copy of Six Weeks to Yehidah
Open Internationally
Ends 10/19/11

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