Melissa fell in love with the idea of writing a book when she read the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. Soon after she took a job as a theatre reviewer and was compelled to write a book that has spiraled into a career. With a degree in music, her stories are often musically inspired. Melissa lives with her winsome sailor, little mermaid and rescued pets in sunny California.
She is the author of Superfreak. a MerSea novella.
For this hot late July breakfast, I’m having papaya and figs with feta. Iced lavender green tea. Melissa, what are you having?
A scrambled egg from a local, vegetarian fed, cage-free chicken, vegan Field Roast sausage and Roastaroma herbal tea by Celestial Seasonings.
Hey, I’d eat that! So tell us about your writing process from concept to draft to revision.
A vision comes to mind and I rush to type or write in a composition book. Then I type some plot points. I go to my notebook to write ideas and thanks to Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon I make a chart for the hero and heroine with their personal GMCs. Back to my computer, I start a timeline and outline to refer to religiously.
Somewhere in there I write a synopsis. I’ll admit I find I write a better synopsis after the first draft is written. I write synopses at different stages of the game, but after I recently wrote one after my first draft I was able to see where the plot needed filling in. I do like to send out my synopsis to beta readers sometimes.
I also do a lot of research. I research before I write and I have a very bad habit of researching when I write. I’m curious. I highlight what needs researching to stop myself from researching while writing. After three drafts or more I send my manuscript to beta readers. I make changes with readers’ comments. Revisions are the worst. I think plotting and craft books have helped me to keep from nightmarish revisions. And I made changes to Superfreak even after the book had been edited. One of my beta readers said I had made a lot of changes. I think that is part of the process of art.
Tell us about the MerSea series. Why this series, why now?
Long story short I was working on a trilogy and it was episodic. From the advice of an editor I replotted the first book. I worked on the book for three or so years. That should have been an indicator I didn’t know what I was doing. But it was pure bliss to write to every whim.
I needed to prove to myself I could write a story. My family was watching Spiderman. As I saw Peter Parker transform from the spider bite I thought what if a girl on an anti-whaling ship is stung by a stingray and transforms into a mermaid. I’m a fan of the canceled reality show Whale Wars. I had no idea this book would be such a huge representation of my vegetarian, compassion toward animals lifestyle. This series is for animal lovers. And, hopefully I transform people into animal lovers.
Amen. This is why I love the novella. Its message and getting to be a mermaid! More tea, Melissa?
What did you find fun/intriguing about writing Superfreak, and what was difficult?
I love the fact I get to travel to Hobart, Australia to Antarctica and back to Dana Point, California in the story. Living on a ship is romantic to me, being surrounded by like-minded conservationists. Superfreak was far less painful than my last book that I rewrote and will publish later.
Tell us about your next project and when it may be published.
I have written the next book in the MerSea Series. The manuscript is still in the beginning stages of the process of being a finished product. The book will be a shorter novella. Superfreak is about a 38K novella. I have a working title for the second book in the series, but I don’t want to reveal the title yet.
Thank you for visiting with us, Melissa.
Dear reader, I hope you check out her book. Let me pour us another virtual cup of Roastaroma before you rush off to Amazon for your copy of Superfreak. I did!
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