The Newstead Project
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.
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.
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.