I’m ready to Surrender more of my Secrets… 😉
I recently answered some great questions for a Croatian blog and would love to share them with everyone because they will probably be translated into Croatian for that post.
- Between your book writing, blogging, marketing, family and all the other things that can get in your way, how do you manage your time? Do you have a set schedule or do you sort of play it by ear?
I try to do a set schedule. This works a lot better in the winter than in the spring and summer. I am very involved in my nephew and nieces lives along with my kids so I go to all their school and sporting events. So when that time of year comes I write in the mornings and nights with events scattered throughout the day. The great thing about my job is that I can take my computer with me everywhere so when we’re camping I will be sitting by the fire with my comp working and can sit in the 5th wheel late at night and catch up too. I work on my deck a lot when the weather is great. I hardly ever do it in my office anymore. I feel too isolated and I’m not as productive.
- Where do you get your story ideas?
This is something I’ve been asked before. It’s why I write a lot of family scenes. My family and friends are so important to me and that’s why I write so many adventures within my stories. I get lots of inspiration right from home. I also get inspired for ideas by watching movies, reading books and living life. I was in Spain last year for an Amazon event and I remember sitting outside at a Starbucks café while my friend was shopping. My feet were killing me from so much walking. I was watching people and got an idea and pulled out my phone and was typing away. I never let inspiration pass me by. Sometimes it will be a year or even 2 before I might use that particular idea, but eventually I will use it. I also do a lot of storyboarding with my friends and family and use those ideas as well in my stories. I get obsessive when my mind locks on something and then I have to write it down.
- I know it’s hard, but, in your opinion, of all your books, which one is, for you, the best?
Wow! This is a really tough question. I love my original Anderson book; “The Billionaire Wins the Game” because that’s where it all began for me. My favorite story though is my Becoming Elena series. It started with a dream, and I had to get up in the middle of the night and then I wrote all the way through the next day and then only slept a few hours a day for a week because the story was flowing through me so much. I’m finishing that last book now and it’s tugged on so many of my heartstrings. It’s different than anything I’ve written before and I feel so much pain for the main character. I haven’t had to force myself to sit down and work. It’s come so easy to me because the story is fighting to get out. I love when that happens.
- Now, when your famous, do you have trouble with fans?
Haha, this cracks me up. I love it. My husband teases me all the time, because people will make comments to him about his author wife and he looks at them and says, “she’s just my wife” That about sums it up. I am a wife, a mother, an auntie (a favorite auntie, that is 🙂 ) and though writing books has changed our lives, I’m still just Mel, the same person I was six years ago before this journey began. At conferences I have fans who want autographs, and at home I have had people come up to me once in a while and want a book, which thrills me, but for the most part, I live a boring normal life, writing all day in my pajamas and playing with the kids in epic nerfball wars, or throwing a baseball with the kids, having a big barbeque. I will go days without makeup with my hair thrown back in a very sloppy ponytail, cause I don’t want to take time to style it, I just want to get to my computer. My fans have been amazing. I share my life with them on social media and through my blog. They have watched my kids grow, and now watch my nephews and nieces grow. I think that’s the big difference from twenty years ago to today. I remember being in awe of authors when I was a kid. It would have been a dream come true to meet them. I did a signing with Nora Roberts a couple months ago, someone who has always been my idol and I couldn’t quit grinning. She was sitting right by me. Who get’s to have their dreams come true like this? I never thought it would be me. I was a poor kid in a small town. But when I go somewhere like Disneyland with the kids, people don’t know I’m an author. I’m in my shorts and T-shirts and I am just Melody there with my family. I don’t have the badge on saying I’m an author. Of anything I could do with my life, being an author would be number one choice because I can make a great living doing what I love, but still live a normal life. It doesn’t get better than this!!