ABOUT THIS AUTHOR:
She’s an author and an editor. She is originally from Dartford, Kent where she grew up but has since moved to Canterbury in order to study.
Along side her writing, Melissa is a supporter and member of the movement Indie Books Be Seen which helps indie authors work together to promote self-publishing.
Melissa has been writing professionally since 2012, but has been an avid writer, reader and general creative her entire life. She is a big supporter of self-promotion and encouraging up-and-coming creatives to get their names out there.
If you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead?
Melissa: Lazy? Haha. No, probably a teacher or something in marketing.
Had you always wanted to be an author?
Melissa: Yes, ever since I was little. I had a rough childhood, so the idea of being able to escape into a story was fascinating to me. Even more so when I figured out I was good at writing – but that took a while.
What’s your favorite genre to write about and why?
Melissa: Oh god I hate that question! I love a good mystery but if I’m honest: YA with a twist – just no vampires!
Do you like reading as well as writing?
Melissa: Love it! What writer doesn’t? I write a lot more than I read though (if you don’t count self-editing…)
Do you have a wattpad account? If ever, what did wattpad do to change your life?
Melissa: I think I have Wattpad, can’t say I know how to use it though.
What inspired you to write your book?
Melissa: I never get inspired to write a story, it just shows up in my head one day and I think “hey – that would be a good book.” Or, I have loads of little ideas that ending up just falling together to make a novel.
What urged you to become an author?
Melissa: I was always told that I dreamed too big, that I was too ambitious. I wanted to prove the people who doubted me wrong, but I wanted to prove to myself that I was capable of writing a novel, even if I was the only one that liked it. I was at university when I wrote my first novel, and I wrote it in two weeks. It’s my worst book, but it’s my favourite because it was my way of proving to the world that I was good at something. That I didn’t take the easier path in life.
How do you write?
Melissa: At my desk with my headphones in and all the lights on. Usually accompanied by tea and some form of food.
Do you have future projects or plans regarding bookish stuffs? If ever, can you give me one?
Melissa: I am working on the sequel to SEARCHING FOR KATHERINE… it’s called FINDING JENNIFER and I am so excited to see where the story is going. I am also co-writing a novel under the pseudonym Shelley&Holden.
Do you do lots of research for your book?
Melissa: Not particularly, but I don’t write fantasy novels so I don’t tend to need to research a lot.
What’s the hardest thing about writing?
What’s the easiest thing about writing?
Melissa: Nothing. Writing isn’t easy – it’s a career and it is hard work.
What can you say about @abookwithbea’s blog?
Melissa: Love it! It’s so elegant and fun – and her Instagram account is flawless!
Do you aim for the same word counts every time you write?
Melissa: No, I like to aim for an even number, or set myself a target for the end of the month i.e. I set myself 10,000 word count total for the end of November, and smashed it by 22/10/15.
If you already have published a book, how does it take to get your books published?
Melissa: I self-publish via Amazon and CreateSpace, so it takes as long as I make it! Haha. I’ve only recently got an editor and cover designer, so it’s nice not to have to do everything myself. My last book took just under a year from page one to print.
Is your book somewhat related to what you went through in life?
Melissa: Yes and no. I am very open and honest in interviews about my somewhat violent upbringing, so I do use that creatively in some elements of my books. My father has a history of mental illnesses as well, so I tend to pull some inspiration from his behaviour and reasoning when writing unstable characters.
I find I write myself into books a lot too, after all: what is writing but a reflection of our souls?
How did writing this book changed you as a person and your life?
Melissa: Every book changes me, and every reader changes me too. I fit my writing around a day job, so I am a very tired, very stressed creative. But I love every minute of it.
As an author who is as ‘bloggy’ as I am, you are on show 24/7, so you have to alter your lifestyle to fit around that.
Where can we find you? [SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT – LINKS]