By Selene Castrovilla
Melt is unique because it’s partly true. Joe, my boxing coach, told me stories about the violent upbringing he experienced. He looked me in the eye one night and said, “You’re gonna write my story. I know it.”
And when I got home that night, I began. I knew the true things I needed to put in. All the violent scenes in the book really happened. But, I had to frame a love story around them!
Here are five choices I made while writing Melt:
Melt will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul. Melt, though not a retelling, is a brutal love story set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey - a "bad boy" who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey's reputation, and his alcoholism? Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
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