Intro: Melanie Milburne, Ravensdale's Defiant Captive #giveaway

This week's Author Intro is on Melanie Milburne and her latest release, Ravensdale's Defiant Captive.

I grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Sydney and as a keen horse rider, often competed in local gymkhanas and even broke in a few horses from time to time. As I was surrounded by animals, I decided at an early age to become a nurse, however I couldn’t stand the sight of blood and so opted for a career in teaching. It’s a bit ironic that I married a surgeon.

I read my first Mills & Boon novel when I was 17 and that encouraged me to continue reading romance novels; the lure of the tall dark handsome hero, who in reality I fell in love with and knew I was going to marry on our second date!  After marrying a year later, we moved to Scotland with our six week old baby so my husband could work and study for his MD in surgery. After the birth of our second son we came back to Australia to settle in Tasmania. 

I went back to University and up-graded my teaching diploma to a degree and then went on to do a Masters but still I felt as if something was missing. I sat down one day and began writing and everything clicked into place - I had finally found ‘my brilliant career’! I used to write from instinct rather than a specific plan, but now, so many books later I find a loose plan doesn't go astray. An idea will pop into my head, sometimes it will be just a simple phrase or a what if question and I'm away. 

Writing is a skill that can be learned and the best way to learn it is to read and to write. So many people feel they have a novel in them and very probably they are right-the only trick is to get it out. My advice to ‘would be’ writers is to write, write, and write even more. Carry a notebook at all times and jot down ideas. And like any other activity the more you do, the more it feels comfortable. 

I hope you enjoy my stories and look forward to hearing from you.

  One Kindle Copy Giveaway of Ravensdale's Defiant Captive to one commenter! 

"I don't take orders. Not from you or anyone." 

Holly Perez has one last chance to sort out the train wreck her life has become. But being housekeeper to reclusive CEO Julius Ravensdale is as close to a prison as Holly could imagine. Julius may be devastatingly gorgeous, but he's also brooding, formal and completely off-limits! 

Julius is renowned for his ironclad control, but provocative whirlwind Holly pushes him to his breaking point! Especially when he discovers the vulnerabilities behind her wild-child bravado. With every touch, he wants Holly more, and once he's had her in his bed, holding her captive there becomes an irresistible temptation…

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  1. I'd add reading to the important things a writer should do to improve their craft. :) I enjoyed learning more about you, Melanie.

  2. I loved reading more about you. Congrats on the new release!

  3. Great to see another Sydney author:) Great getting to know you, Melanie:)

  4. It was so interesting to get to know the journey of this author and how it has drawn her to read romance novels... and later write her own as well! Nice going :)

  5. That's good advice for authors - just read a lot and write a lot. It's the way to learn and perfect your craft. It was nice reading more about you. Congratulations on your book!

  6. There's nothing like that moment when you discover what you were truly meant to do! Congrats to Melanie.

  7. Hi Nas - what a great guest ... so interesting to read how people started their writing careers - and Melanie has obviously been really successful. We need to learn and we most definitely need to practise ...

    Happy Christmas, New Year and then successful 2016s to you both - cheers Hilary

  8. Everything clicks when I write as well. Congrats to Melanie on her latest release.

  9. Wonderful to hear from Melanie! I like her advice for writers. I agree the more I write, the better the writing gets. :) All the best to Melanie!


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