Interview with Melissa Keir
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa wrote sappy love poems and shared them with her friends. She still has those poems today! In college, her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog. As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC. Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog. Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story. Her releases include “Forever Love” in the Love, Again Anthology. It’s sequel Beach Desires. These stories tell the tale of five daughters who moved away from their small town but now facing a father with Alzheimer’s. Melissa also has a story about finding love after divorce titled Second Time’s the Charm and a twisted tale of the Three Little Pigs titled Protecting His Wolfe. In this story, the Wolfe needs protecting by the pig. This is what readers are saying about Melissa’s books: Amazon 5 star review for Second Time’s the Charm- “Such a sweet and heart warming story. As I read it, and the details unfolded, I was engrossed to see if that I thought was going to happen, would really happen.” – Lacey Wolfe, Romance Author. Barnes and Nobel 5 star review for Protecting His Wolfe- “Great read. I couldn’t put it down. I really liked the characters, especially Betsie and the Pigg brothers. A love story with suspense and surprise.” – Anonymous Melissa loves hearing from readers!
When did you first realize you wanted to be an Author?
I’ve always written stories and poetry but it was only about a year and half I decided to try to get published. It was a wonderful adventure and I’m so happy that I tried it!
What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing?
I have to have quiet when I’m writing. I do love to write in bed. It is the best place to write romance! It really gets you in the mood!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?
I’ve learned that the community of writers are a caring and helpful group. I’ve found that they are the most wonderful people. There isn’t any competition but everyone is so willing to share ideas and help with promotion.
Where did you get ideas for your books?
I like to get my ideas from events that have happened in my life and other people’s lives. I write about my hometown, Amherst, Ohio and share about the uniqueness of a small town community.
Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why?
My upcoming release “A Christmas Accident” is my favorite. I love the message of hope and that there really is life after death.
Who is your target audience?
My target audience is romance readers who love contemporary stories about “real” people who face everyday challenges.
What do you think makes a good story?
I think a good story is one that touches the reader and makes them feel passion and connect with the characters.
Who are some of your favorite Authors?
My favorite authors are Laurell K. Hamilton, J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), and so many others! I can’t pass up a good story!
If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be?
I would love to see Alex O’Laughlin to play Jonah Pigg from Protecting His Wolfe. He is perfect as the protective police detective! Not to mention that he is HOT!
What song best describes your book and Why?
Watching Over You by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The song is perfect for how Jonah feels for Betsie and how he is willing to do anything for her to keep her safe.
Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing?
My mom and grandparents influenced my love of reading and writing. My mom even wrote a novel and tried to get it published. While she wasn’t able to get it published, I’d like to think that she is watching over me and loving that I am a writer.
What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Romance Writer that you gravitate toward the shows that feed that love of romance?
I don’t watch much TV. I’m much more of a reader than a television fan. I think that books fuel my passion for romance more than TV.
What other genres do you write?
I’m writing only contemporary romance at this time. I’d love to try my hand at other genres but I haven’t yet.
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Artist what would it be?
Never give up! I’ve had two publishing houses close which is frustrating but I just submitted those stories to other publishers and found other homes for my stories.
What would you like to say to friends and family of Authors (not just your own)?
I really think that authors are the kindest people. They are so helpful and caring. I love that everyone is willing to give advice and promotion. I’d also like to thank you for allowing us to do what we love–writing!
What projects do you have up and coming?
I have two books coming out at the end of this year. A Christmas Accident is coming out in December and my story- Forever Love will be re-released in January with Secret Cravings Publishing. These are both books in the Wilder Sisters series.
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers?
I want to thank you for taking the time to visit with me today and I’d love to hear from you. I’m always running contests and giveaways on my blog as well as featuring book spotlights. I hope you will stop by and visit my blog!
Excerpt from Protecting His Wolfe
As the rest of the secretaries left, night crept into the building. The hum of the florescent lights became more noticeable and the temperature in the office dropped with the loss of body heat. Worried and waiting for something to happen, Betsie couldn’t keep her mind on her work. She filed the Hilman contract under the letter ‘T’ and managed to snag her pantyhose on the filing drawer. Finally fed up with the tension, she left her desk, shut down the lights in the office, and locked the door. With her small clutch purse in one hand, she started the lonely walk to her apartment, six blocks over from the employee parking garage. Someday, I’ll have enough money for a car of my own. She thought with envy. Maybe something in a green color but with good gas mileage. So focused on the noises around her, Betsie tripped over a patch of broken concrete and went sprawling on the floor, her purse hit the concrete and one lipstick tube rolled across the garage floor. Crawling on her hands and knees, Betsie yelled at herself in her head for her accident. Oh no. Isn’t that my luck! Everything has gone wrong today! Where is my purse? What fell out? Suddenly a car appeared around the back of the garage and screeches to a halt. The sounds of yelling and gunfire erupted in the silence of the parking garage. Diving flat on the ground, Betsie begins to say all the prayers she remembered from the past twenty-three years of Catholic Mass. As a body crashed to the ground, the black sports car with the silver trim drove away. Betsie hid on the ground near the edge of a large blue sedan, praying no one could hear her. The silence after such a deafening noise grated on Betsie’s nerves. Without thought for herself, she rushed over to the body to see if they needed help. “Oh, my, gosh, it’s Johnny from the warehouse. Johnny, Johnny, are you okay?” She placed her hands on his chest to see if he was still breathing, only to pull away abruptly when she felt the wetness of his shirt. Looking down at her hands, “Oh no. Blood! Johnny!” But his death was as evident as the large hole in the front of his shirt gushing blood on the pavement. “I can’t be caught here.” Betsie realized with the dead body beside her that the garage wasn’t a safe place. After a long argument with her conscience over what was right and what might happen, Betsie found her purse with the office keys inside and went back into the office to call the police.