The Get to Know Me Tag (Writer's Edition)

It's been ages since I last participated in a tag, and recently I had the desire to join in with one, so to my luck I was tagged by the wonderful Victoria @ The Wanderer's Pen! (Thank you!) I believe it was originally created by Savannah, so thanks to her I'll be sharing a little more about myself, my writing journey, and goals today!

Here are the rules:

1) Link back to the person who created the tag
2) Thank the person who tagged you
3) Share the tag graphic
5) Tag eleven bloggers

Vital Stats And Appearance

Name: Melissa Gravitis

Nicknames: Liss, M, Lissy, or Mel (though only a select few people are allowed to call me these)

Birthday: In the summery month of December

Hair colour and length: Dark brown/reddish

Eye colour: Brown. Though for the first few years of my life, my eyes were green. For some unknown reason they decided to change to what they are now.

Braces/piercings/tattoos: None!

Righty or lefty: Righty.

Ethnicity: Caucasian (a mix of Scottish, English, Irish, and Latvian blood)


First novel written: 'Sharissa's Story'. It was about the best female thief in the world, and followed her on her adventures to steal the Black Diamond.

First novel completed: 'Royal Academy'. This one totaled around 90,000 words long, and split into three parts. I originally had all my friends as the characters, until I sent the story to them to read, and so changed their names. (One suspected the truth anyway!)

Award for writing: I received first place in one of my Creative Writing class's competitions, and was a semi-finalist in the GTW We Write Books Contest 2016. :)

First publication: None at present. I'm focusing on developing my craft first!

Conference: None. I've only been to writers' festivals.

Query/Pitch: Also none at present! xD


Novel (that you wrote): 'Golden Revenge'. It's one of the few stories that I've been able to return to, and still love as much as when I first wrote it!

Genre: Fantasy. Though I am enjoying more sci-fi as of recently!

Author: How can I choose? Holly Black, Jane Austen, Jay Kristoff, and Marie Rutkoski are on the top of my list though!

Writing music: Anything and everything.

Time to write: Late evening.

Writing snack/drink: Just water is enough for me. :)

Movie: 'Prince of Egypt'

Writing memory: Finishing writing a huge battle scene in one of my childhood novels (that will never see the light of day, thanks), and being hit with a huge rush. I felt completely in the story!

Childhood book: 'Enna Burning' by Shannon Hale.


Reading: 'The Crystal Tree' by Imogen Elvis

Writing: Editing draft 4 of Golden Revenge, first drafting Silver Storm, and brainstorming a few projects on the side, including The Tears We Bleed.

Listening to: The birds outside my window.

Watching: Nothing at this exact second.

Learning: How to balance my time better, and prioritise projects.


Want to be published: Yes, definitely! That's one of my goals.

Indie or traditional: At the moment I'm pursuing traditional publishing. Though the control aspect of indie publishing is appealing, I would love to have the experience to work with professionals.

Wildest goal: Be published in five years or less!

I've noticed many have already been tagged for this one, so please do this tag if you'd like to! Aside from that, I tag...

Tell me about you, and your writing! What's your wildest goal? What's your favourite novel you've written? Have you been to a writing conference before?
Have a wonderful day!


  1. I loved reading more about you, Melissa!!

    Ah, Prince of Egypt!! <3 That's such a great movie.

    Good luck with your writing!!

    Danielle |

    1. Thanks Danielle, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

      It is!! I love the soundtrack especially. <3

      Thank you, and same to you!

  2. I've never been to a writing conference before, but I'd love to someday. I think my wildest goal would be to become a famous author and have at least one of my books turned into a movie, perfectly, of course. :)

    1. Same here; I hope you get the opportunity someday! :) Oooh those are great goals!

  3. I really enjoyed learning more about you, Melissa!!

    GOLDEN REVENGE. <3 <3 <3

    I haven't been to any writing conference either, but I badly want to sometime. :)

    Thanks for tagging me!

    1. Aw thanks Lila, I'm glad! <3

      <3 <3 <3 Thank you for all of your continuous support of the story!

      I hope you get to go to one some day then! :)

      You're very welcome!

  4. You got first place, that's impressive. Not surprised, your writing is fantastic!
    Thanks for the tag!

    1. Aw thank you, Skye, that means so much to me. <3 You're welcome, I look forward to your answers!

  5. Ahh you have so many projects going on! That's so exciting. I actually just got back from a writing conference, RealmMakers. It was crazy and amazing, haha.

    1. Haha yeah I do! xD Oooh that's so amazing! I'm so glad you had a great time! *hugs*

  6. That's an awesome goal to have! You can do it!!! Keep working hard!

    1. Aw, thanks Sarah! I hope your writing is going well! :)

  7. Yay! You did the tag! I'm happy you like it. ^ ^ It's great to know more about your writer self. :D Still can't get used to the fact that December is summer down there. XD

    1. Thanks Victoria, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :) Haha I know, Northen Hemisphere folk always get confused when I say I was born in December. xD


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