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Hello my lovelies and Thank You so much for hosting me on your blog today.
My name is Melissa and my debut novel Waiting for You has just released. Eeeep! So exciting. It’s a dream that I never ever expected to come to fruition and I still pinch myself to bring me back to reality that this is actually happening. To me. A small town girl from Durban, sunny South Africa.
So here’s a few more nuggets that you may not know about me.
What is your book about?
The blurb reads: Audrey Kelly finds her way back home to Crystal Valley with her bruised pride and a shattered dangerous past mocking her rear view mirror. What she didn’t expect was to be face-to-face with Adam Parker, resident bad boy, sexy Navy SEAL and one of the reasons that Audrey ran all those years ago.
Audrey was the last person Adam had ever expected to see back in Crystal Valley. Over a decade ago, they shared a sizzling night together before he received the worst news of his life and he hasn’t seen her since…until she’d moved back unexpectedly. She was no longer the sweet innocent girl he once remembered, but Adam has his own problems without having to deal with Audrey’s ice princess recital, no matter how tempting the auburn haired seductress may be.
Sparks begin to ignite between them but can they accept Audrey’s past when it threatens to engage them in a dangerous twist? Can they save each other from themselves and stop running once and for all?
How much research do you do?
That depends on the book but usually… a lot! With Waiting for You I had to research things like Parkinsons disease and BUD/S training. You can’t integrate a character when you have no idea what you are talking about.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
Not yet! Anyone out there interested?
Why do you write?
I just love the thrill of a new love story. I wrote my first (childlike) tale when I was fourteen and the writing has continued since then. I watch movies or music videos and get so disappointed with a cliff-hanger or a negative ending and I always think, “I could have done that so much better.” Who doesn’t love a happy ending?
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part time. I have a full time day job and trust me, come 5pm I don’t even want to look at a laptop.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I try to set myself writing goals – 5000 words per day and for now, I only have Sundays to sit down and get the words on the page, the earlier the better. Some days, the juices flow and I can write close to 10000 words and other days I tend to spend more time on Youtube than my manuscript (Sorry Publisher!)
Where do your ideas come from?
Where DON’T they come from? Music is a big influencer as well as music videos. Movies, particularly if the plot is all wrong. Mostly though they come to me in slumber. I oftentimes wake up with a fresh new book idea. I’m strange I know.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I like to have a basic outline, I think that’s very important but I don’t write down each scene possibility. I let the characters tell their story, while still keeping in line with the bigger picture.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Dialogue. Thinking about the scene is easy. Getting the characters to talk to each other and have it sound natural and humorous is tough.
Well that’s all for today!
Thank you so much for your time darlings!
Next stop on the book blog tour is http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com on June 6, 2016. Don’t forget to stop by!
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Many thanks to Melissa Kate for this post – and her delightful novel! Find out more about ‘Waiting for You‘ by visiting my blog tour post for it – including my review here . Thanks also to Bewitching Book Tours for organising the tour and providing materials for my posts as part of the tour.