This blog is about emerging author Melissa Wray and her journey into publication. It also includes some writing tips and useful links.
Melissa hopes there is enough time in her life to write all the stories she wants to write and read all the books she wants to read. Both lists are long!
Today I welcome Naomi Rabinowitz and her novel Revenge of A Band Geek Gone Bad. Naomi's love for writing emerged when she was
in the second grade and her poem, "The Four Seasons," won first prize
in a local literary competition. She became interested in journalism in junior
high when her English class was selected to write for Newsday's
Revenge Of A Band Geek Gone Bad
Shy, overweight sophomore Melinda Rhodes
thinks that her world is falling apart when she loses first chair flute in band
to her nemesis -- the beautiful and popular, but nasty Kathy Meadows. Now
doomed to sit second chair, Mel is ready to accept the fact that some people
just aren't meant to shine.
Her luck changes when she catches the eye of
Josh Kowalski, the rebellious trumpet prodigy and class clown. Josh has also
been hurt by Kathy and persuades Melinda to team up with him so they can take
At first, the pair's pranks are harmless, and
as they work together, Mel comes out of her shell. Even better, she finds
herself falling for Josh and it appears as if he might feel the same way about
However, their schemes become more and more
dangerous and Mel is surprised to discover her dark side. Just how far will she
go to get what she wants -- and is Josh really worth the risk?
Excerpt of Revenge Of A Bank Geek Gone Bad.
Josh followed me into the hallway and fell
into step beside me."How'd you
like to get your seat back?" he asked.Only he said it really quickly so it sounded more like
"How'd you like to get your seat back?" he said more
slowly."How'd you like to knock
Kathy back down to second chair —- or even lower than that?"
sighed and kept walking."I'm not
really sure I'm the person you want."
"The Hindemith Sonata," he blurted, snapping his fingers."That's what you played last year at the
band recital.It was very good."
stopped walking, surprised by the compliment."Thanks."
"Kathy played a Mozart piece and wasn't nearly as good as
you," he went on."I remember
that, too.That's how I know she
shouldn't have beaten you today."
was beginning to understand why Josh was so popular; he had this way of making
you feel at ease and like everything you say is important.My initial nervousness at being around him
washed away.Yet I wasn't entirely
convinced that this guy was on my side.How could I trust someone who tormented Mr. Francis on almost a daily
bit his lip and was quiet for a moment."Look, I have some issues with Kathy, too," he admitted."I asked her out this summer at a party
we were both at.And you know what she
did?She didn't just say no.She spilled a large Coke on my head in front
of everyone and then posted photos of me online.Can you believe that?"
missed seeing these photos, but couldn't help laughing at the thought of him
dripping with Coke, his ego shattered.I
covered my mouth so he couldn't see me, but he did."Yeah, yeah, it was hilarious," he
said, rolling his eyes."She
apparently had some boyfriend there with her who I didn't know about so she was
mad at me for daring to approach her.But she didn't have to be such a beyotch.”He shook his head, obviously still pained by
the memory."My point is, she
messed with me and now she messed with you.If we don’t stop her, she’ll do it to someone else."
"I guess.But to be fair,
Kathy didn't really do anything today," I said."It was Mr. Francis who flipped out and
I should probably be thankful that he didn't make me last chair."
Josh's blue eyes narrowed."So
you think Kathy's innocent in this?Oh,
please.Who do you think snapped your
spring out of place?
even crossed my mind.Could Kathy have
done that to me?No, there was no
way.The spring was really small and she
would've had to have gotten really close to my instrument in order to do
that."She didn't," I
said."If she did, I would've felt
Josh held up the wallet which I kept in my purse."You didn't feel me taking this.”
angrily snatched it out of his hand and stuffed it back into my bag.I then realized I'd been so busy listening to
Joshthat I'd missed my bus."Damn it!"I muttered.
"What?"He held up his
hands."I swear, I didn't take
anything from your wallet!"
"No, it's not that," I explained."I missed my bus."
Josh smiled."Hey, no
problem.I can give you a ride."
"Really?It's no big
deal.I can just walk..."
"Well, I don't think you can really walk in those jeans."
was right.I didn't need everyone else
to see my granny panties and I could be doing worse things than riding home
with a hot guy."Okay,
"But there's just one condition," he said, as we made our way
to the parking lot."In exchange
for this ride, you give me just one chance to help you get your seat back.If it doesn't work or you don't like what I'm
doing, I'll leave you alone."
"I don't know..."
"Oh, come on.I gave you my
jacket.I'm giving you a ride home...
it's the least you can do.Do it for the
guy who got a bucket of soda dumped over him?"
laughed despite myself."Okay, one
"Oh, good!"he said,
clapping his hands."Let's get
ready to bring Kathy down."