I’m not sure how Melissa and I first connected. It very well could have been through Becky Monson. Regardless, I’m glad we did! Melissa is an amazing writer and is quickly becoming a very good friend! And I love creating graphics for her too. 🙂
About Melissa as an Author
What inspired you to write your first book?
It’s something I always wanted to do. I actually started writing a book years ago about my many horrible dating experiences. When my daughter was five years old, I was diagnosed with Secondary Infertility and needed a good distraction. I finally decided to follow through and write my book; once I started writing I didn’t want to stop.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Chick Lit / Romantic Comedy
Do you have a specific writing style?
I write in present tense. I want readers to actually be with the main character, to feel what they are feeling while going through their experiences.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always loved to write for as long as I can remember. I kept journals for years and enjoyed writing papers when I was in school.
Ugh! This is a difficult question. I really enjoy the funny scenes. In my first book, An Event to Remember…or Forget, Sienna gets stuck in an elevator. That actually happened to me.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep going, even on those days when you feel like your writing is horrible. If you want to write and publish a book, go for it.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Your support and positive words mean more than you know.
How do you beat writer’s block?
I watch bad TV. J/K… well kind of. I try to keep writing even if it’s pure nonsense.
Are any of your characters are based on you?
Haha! None of my characters are me exactly, but a few of them have some of my personality traits.
About Melissa’s New Release, Not Quite Sheer Happiness
How did you come up with the title?
Not Quite Sheer Happiness is the third book in my Event to Remember Series, I wanted to continue Sienna’s story. Her company is Sheer Happiness Events. She goes through a lot throughout the story and I wanted to hint at that in the title.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Just to remember that sometimes life doesn’t go as you plan. It’s how you adapt and move forward that matters.
How much of the book is realistic?
I feel that most of it is very realistic.
About Melissa as a Reader
What books have most influenced your life most?
I wish I had more time to read. I just started Becky Monson’s new book, Thirty-Four Going on Bride.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I have met many fantastic authors since publishing my first book.
Because Karan is Random
Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
Ha! I am happy to answer any question. Although I do get sick of questions about how to deal with writer’s block. Stop reminding me ☺
Is there anything else you would like to share?
My next book has been picked up by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Friends ForNever is releasing on July 19th.