We recently interviewed Melissa of Literary Book Gifts. When we checked out her designs and products, we fell in love, hence the interview!

Interview With Melissa

twogalsandabook: How many different designs do you currently carry?

Melissa: Over 70 designs now!

twogalsandabook: Can anybody come to you with suggestions for new designs? Are there any rules?

Melissa: Sure! I love suggestions. And yes, there are definitely rules, or just general things to understand. First it must be ‘okay’ for me to do the design or book with rights considered. And second it must also be widely appealing, I have just recently run into some product limits so I did a bit of spring cleaning so to speak and got rid of a lot of products that weren’t really appealing to people. Unfortunately nobody understood my ‘witch’ design 🙁

twogalsandabook: Where can somebody contact you?


twogalsandabook: Are the designs drawn digitally or by hand?

Melissa: The designs come from a lot of places and are heavily adapted before they make their way onto shirts. Some come from very old book covers, and in this case need a lot of modification. And in other cases I find very old images and remaster them to suit the title. The process of hunting for and fixing images takes ages and is definitely not as fun as drawing by hand.

twogalsandabook: Are you the artist?

Melissa: I would call myself the designer 🙂

twogalsandabook: What inspired you to start this business?

Melissa: The literature of course! Well that and having some good quality clothes that I would actually like to wear myself.

twogalsandabook: What are your goals?

Melissa: To one day get the designs on pillow cases and duvet covers.

twogalsandabook: What are your top five favorite novels?

Melissa: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

twogalsandabook: What are your top five favorite nonfiction books?

Melissa: I don’t read much non-fiction but I really loved Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand.

twogalsandabook: Who are your favorite poets?

Melissa: I don’t read much poetry either but I do love Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman.

twogalsandabook: Who is your #1 favorite author? (Hard question, I know!)

Melissa: Ummm, Donna Tartt because I really loved The Goldfinch too!

twogalsandabook: Have you tried writing stories/poems/etc.? Care to share about them?

Melissa: No, but I wish! Maybe I have that one great novel in me and perhaps I will sit down to write it one day when this business is up and running 🙂

twogalsandabook: Who do you think is the target audience for your products?

Melissa: I think anyone who loves to read, write, or just stories in general. Also in general they should like old looking designs.

twogalsandabook: How long will you continue to expand your design repertoire?

Melissa: Forever!

twogalsandabook: Have you thought of doing a selection of funny book-based T-shirts?

Melissa: Hmm no not really, maybe I will add a line of those at some point, it could be fun.

twogalsandabook: Do you take custom orders if somebody has a favorite book that you donot feature? If so, can they design it, or would you design it?

Melissa: If they designed it they wouldn’t need me 🙂 Right now I’m really bogged down at the moment so custom orders aren’t the best, but maybe in the future I could have something cool on the website for handling everyone’s custom requests!

twogalsandabook: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Melissa: The books the stories and the characters, and from a lot of art history which I love.

twogalsandabook: How long have you been doing this?

Melissa: I launched just this year.

twogalsandabook: If you could be any character from any book, who would it be?

Melissa: Wendy Darling from Peter Pan!

twogalsandabook: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Melissa: The Prestige by Christopher Priest.

twogalsandabook: If you were to write your own autobiography, what would you call it?

Melissa: Melissa: creator of Literary Book Gifts, bestselling shirts and tote bags for booklovers (too long?)

twogalsandabook: Is there anything you would like to discuss that we have not covered?

Melissa: This is the longest interview I have ever done so I think it is all covered 🙂 Oh wait there is more…


*food? Steak

*color? Green

*vacation destination? Florida

*fictional character? Lizzie Bennet

*way to spend your free time? Cooking

*And if you had any super power, what would you like it to be? Ability to just eat anything and everything and never get sick!!

Now for the promo code!

Melissa says, ”

For your readers I have created a promo code TWOGALSANDABOOK20 which is good for 20% off anything in the store, no minimum, and can be used unlimited times.Go to: Literary Book Gifts to redeem and see all of her great designs!

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