Blurb: Twenty-eight year old Katrina Jaitley is rebuilding her life after escaping an abusive boyfriend. The last thing she needs is the mystery she stumbles on during a bout of retail therapy. But she can’t ignore the coil of film — a piece of movie history — she finds hidden inside her purchase. Unfortunately, Peter, the handsome host of the estate sale, disappears before Kat has a chance to return it to him.
Curious, Kat watches the strip and is shocked to witness the brutal murder of a famous 1920’s silent film star by a fellow actor. When a news article cites Kat as the film’s owner, her already complicated life goes from bad to worse. Someone is stalking her. Are they trying to silence her or what she has discovered?
Melanie – Hi, I’m Melanie, a blogger, hair stylist, and author with a heart for international travel. I live with my husband and cat in New York City. My newest book, The Silent Treatment is about Katrina Jaitley, who witnesses the brutal murder of a famous 1920’s star by a fellow actor in a lost silent film.
Q – Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Melanie – I love authors who incorporate great plots and realistic characters. My top three at the moment (and they’re always changing as I read more) are Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and though he isn’t known for fiction, David Sedaris.
Recently, my favorite books have been Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. I’ve also gotten into older books such as The Princess Bride by William Goldman and The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle.
Q – What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
Melanie – Getting all my thoughts in order is difficult for me. I’ll have a bang-up idea, but connecting it with the subplot and supporting characters is often challenging. My first drafts are unreadable.
Q – If you had to be something other than an author, what would your dream job be?
I would love to be a film restorationist. That dream was one thing that really influenced The Silent Treatment. But there’s so much science and chemistry involved in a job like that, I didn’t qualify to enter the special film school I would have needed to go to.
I would also like to work in a zoo or sanctuary, specializing in big cats. I have no idea what I would do work-wise other than hug tigers.
Q – What are you working on now?
I just finished a first draft of something for Camp NaNoWrimo last month. Too soon for details. I’ve also got two sequels to The Silent Treatment in the queue, as well as a modern retelling of a silent horror movie.
Melanie Surani is a blogger, hair stylist, and author with a heart for international travel. When she isn’t cutting hair, Melanie is thinking about ways to kill people (for mystery novels). She lives with her husband and cat in New York City, where she is hard at work on her next book with Booktrope Publishing. Melanie is a member of the International Thriller Writers society. You can follow Melanie’s adventures on Facebook at MelSurani, on Twitter @melsurani, and Tumblr at MelSurani.