Monday, September 14, 2015


Q: Melissa…what made you become a writer?

A: I don’t think I had a choice. I’ve been writing for as long as I could hold a pencil. I have all of these stories in my head, and when I was in my late twenties and had a computer, I decided to write them. I kept them on a disk and didn’t do anything with them forever, until my mom suggested I self-publish. So a couple of years ago I self published my first book, and I’ve been doing it ever since.

Q: What is your typical writing day like?

A: Usually the muse hits me at night. Sometimes I wake up with an idea and start writing. Sometimes I don’t think I have control over it, it just happens.

Q: Do you outline? If so, how extensive are your outlines?

A: I don’t normally outline, but if I start a sequel, I will outline to keep previous facts straight.

Q: How many revisions will you typically do on a novel?

A: Not many. I will edit some, but I rarely do revisions.

Q: What is your best tip for editing a manuscript?

A: My best tip: If you have the money to pay someone else to do it, do it!  Look for beta readers, and sometimes they might point out typos for you...if you’re lucky.

Q: Which writing habits and/or tricks of the trade have made you a better writer?

A: Just keep writing. Don’t write to get rich. Write because you have to write, write because you have to tell a story. 

Q: Do you ever suffer through writer’s block? If so, how do you fight it?

A: I suffer through writer’s block, and I walk away from it and don’t write until the muse hits me again. It helps to take a short break occasionally.

Q: What drew you to write your preferred genre(s)?

A: Anything with people who fall in love and are together in the end.

Q: Do you utilize beta readers?

A: When I can get them!

Q: In your most recently published novel, what’s one scene you really enjoyed writing—and why?

A: I really enjoyed writing the scene where the male lead breaks down crying and the female lead comforts him, and that leads to the answer to the next question.

Q: What makes the main character(s) of your most recent novel so special?

A: The male lead is the one in trouble, and the female lead is the one saving him. I like flipping the script and giving people something different.

Q: What is your best advice for author self-promotion?

A: I’m still waiting for someone to give me some good advice!

Q: How do you deal with negative reviews?

A: I used to worry about them, but I don’t anymore.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of being an indie author?

A: I control everything.

Q: What is your least favorite aspect of being an indie author?

A: I have to beg people to read my stuff!

Q: What is your current writing project?

A: Two sequels, which are both for novels that I love. 

Q: What are three of your favorite novels?

A: The Outsiders, The Hunger Games, and Odd Thomas.

Q: If you could have lunch with any novelist, living or dead, who would it be? What would talk to them about?

A: I would probably choose Stephen King. I’d like to talk to him about where he gets his ideas.

Q: What is your best piece of advice for budding authors?

A: If you really love the stories in your head, don’t give up. 

Q: What is your favorite inspirational quote?

A: “Never give up.”


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just a sexy tale about trying to live the Hollywood dream...

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