moved to the states as a young boy with his family.
When Melissa isn’t chasing after a toddler she helps run a family owned and operated construction company with her father.
Melissa got into reading at a young age. The first book she ever read was written by her Aunt.
Over the years Melissa has read thousands of books of all different genres. She never thought about writing, but one day she sat her book down, picked up her laptop, started writing, and hasn’t stopped yet.
Melissa’s second love is singing. So when she’s not writing she’s singing karaoke at the local Bar and Grill.
What inspires you to write?
I read a lot and by a lot I mean I read on average 3 books a day depending on the length. I finished the last book in my book series, got bored, picked up my computer and started telling my own story. I realized I loved writing so much that I decided to turn it into a book, which turned into a novella series.
Tell us about your writing process.
First I come up with an idea. It only has to be one. Then, I grab a piece of paper and start writing those ideas down, it may only be a few. I get the idea’s together, come up with chapter names based on my ideas, then right down a brief description of what I want to happen in each chapter. After all that, I grab my computer and start telling a story based on what I wrote down. Last, I edit, re edit and edit again. When I’m finished with the writing I come up with a book title that pretty much explains the main thing going on in my book. Like Betrayed for example, Jessi (main character) was lied her her whole life by everyone so she felt betrayed. Book 2 in this series is Lover Betrayed so that’s what my second book will be about.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I write around my main character. I come up with a scene or a comment one of my character says and think, “how would I respond to this or that if I was in my main character’s shoes.” I think of several different scenarios and choose the best one that fits. So in a sense yes I talk to my character and listen to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you write something and it sounds terrible keep writing because practice makes perfect, continue to write because you love doing it and never give up. If your stuck, take a break or move onto another scene then go back to the one you were stuck on.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did a lot of research about submitting book drafts to publishers and self publishing. I went with self publishing. I’m still not sure if I want to submit drafts to other publishers or if I’ll continue to be a self publisher. I’m not the greatest writer but I do it because I love it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Not sure about the future. No one really is. But, I’d say more people need to write and if they are writing keep it up, take a leap, either self publish or send off your drafts to other publishers.
What genres do you write?
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
What formats are your books in?