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The Newstead Project

the giant.
Joel Cranston shouldn’t exist. He just doesn’t know that yet. He’s lived a pretty normal life for the last sixteen years. If you consider being almost seven feet tall and good at about every sport you’ve ever played normal. Normal ends the day Newstead shows up with an invitation to come to their school.
the school.
Newstead is a private high school in Central Vermont by the Green Mountains. It’s a great place to hide a few hundred people who shouldn’t exist while you train them to become tomorrow’s rulers, tomorrow’s dictators, tomorrow’s gods.
the unexpected.
Rachel Newell thinks she’s just passing through. She never stays any place more than four months and with Newstead so close to Weston, she has even more reason to make this her shortest stop ever. The last thing she expects is to have a reason to stay.
Together Rachel and Joel uncover the truth behind what is
the newstead project.

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Author Melanie Schulz

I live in Upstate New York with my husband and three children, where I’ve pretty much been planted my entire life. Which is fine, because it’s beautiful here. My only complaint is that most people assume that New York means NYC, which it doesn’t. There. I’ve done my part in exposing the truth.
Truth. The truth is I’m not a writer; storyteller maybe, but not a writer. It wasn’t something I spent years dreaming of, or even what I went to school for. I’m a nurse. I love being a nurse. So why write? I don’t know. I do know when it started, though. September 3, 2010. I know this because I nature journal, and on that day Joel made it into my notes. I guess that’s fitting. Someone like him needed to be birthed out in the woods.
If you were to meet me, and I hope someday you do, you would not connect me with this story. I’m a wife, a mother, a nurse. The person who wrote this should’ve been a guy, first off, secondly he should be some militaristic strategist; that’s who you’d expect to see if you were to come to a book signing, not me. But I’m there, in every line. So if I don’t have the good fortune to meet you in person, I hope to see you in THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT.

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Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Because Joel and Rachel’s story is worth reading about.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

The second in this series is with the editor. I’m working on revisions for the third. There will be a collection, THE NEWSTEAD ANTHEM; five stand-alone novels which will all be associated with the trilogy, but novels in their own right. This will be followed by one last book to tie it all together. After that, I’m not sure.
What is your dream cast for your book? 

Joel: Liam Hemsworth   Rachel: Lily Collins   Nathan: Orlando Bloom
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Be real, always; to yourself, your characters, your readers.
Favorite Food?

Grilled Pizza and anything chocolate
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

My husband and I are runners, so to celebrate the release of The Newstead Project we are running a 6k in the Allegheny Mountains. Once you meet Joel, you’ll find out why that’s fitting.
Who or what inspired your last book?

Three Days, one of the books for the Newstead Anthem, was inspired by my patients. I’m a psychiatric nurse for my day job and time and again I see people who have just tried to kill themselves. That book was me hearing their united cry.
What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? 

Being real. A lot of times you want to write what people want to hear, but that’s not always what needs to be written. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it needs to be told.

Favorite/most influential teacher:
Mrs. Thompkins, my second grade teacher, who, unknowingly, sparked two loves in me when she gave me a Hershey bar for reading Little House in the Big Woods.
Character most like you in someone else’s book?
Katniss Everdeen.
What is your favorite scene in the book? 
My favorite is when FTX begins and Joel’s plan starts coming together.
Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
I’m a lurker, definitely. I greatly prefer people watching to being watched myself.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
I think I have it planned out from page !, but there are always surprises, even for me. Sometimes my characters say and do things I never expect.
How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?
I make something called THE LIST. Each character that is even remotely important gets one. Kind of like this list, actually. I answer all kinds of questions about them, what they like to eat, wear, etc. I started this a while ago because I found that my character’s voices were getting meshed together and I didn’t want that. They each deserve their own personality.  Naming them is different. Sometimes I pick names of people I know, and others I look up the meaning for their names and pick what fits.
What makes your novel standout from the crowd?
It’s real; to me and hopefully to anyone who reads it.


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