Please welcome author Melanie Milburne as she answers some questions and she has giveaways!
How do you keep coming up with fresh characters and stories?
I find people endlessly fascinating. I only have to listen to someone tell me about themselves for a couple of minutes and they will nearly always trigger a story idea for me. I find life in general is fascinating, troubling, confusing, blessed and tortured—often in the same day!
What do you like to read?
I love biographies and social commentary, chick lit, women’s fiction and thrillers and literary fiction and, of course romance!
What’s your favourite place to read?
In bed with my dogs curled up at my feet.
What are some of your reading pet peeves?
I never used to notice head hopping; in fact, I did it myself for my first forty books. But now I really find it distracting. I like to be in one person’s POV per scene so I get a real sense of what they are experiencing emotionally.
Do your characters stick with you after you’ve finished a book and if so, how do you handle it?
Some characters stay with me longer than others. Some of my most tortured heroes for example have often drifted into my thoughts weeks, months or even years later. I’ve wished them well and sent them on their way again. Occasionally I will give them a cameo appearance in another book.
How do you handle writer’s block?
I never used to suffer from it all that much. But with the pressure of multiple deadlines and a busy life with other responsibilities I have had some really rough patches of it. It is usually because I sense (even subconsciously) something is wrong with the characters, the setting or the plot. I take a day or two to mull over it and come back and start writing. I tell myself—just write three hundred words and see what happens. It usually works.
What motivates you to write you books?
I love the process of writing. I enjoy the journey of discovery it is with each and every book. I also love the fact that I get paid to do it but that’s not my primary motivation nor has it ever been. I’ve just always wanted to write.
Tell us a little bit about your book…
Shy and reclusive children’s book illustrator
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