What was your first encounter with the writing world?
I used to write contemporary romance for secular readers. When I was pregnant or raising my now adult children, I “relaxed” sitting at the computer writing out the stories in my head. In 2013, my first book was published. However, after a recent three-year hiatus, and God leading me in the right direction, I’ve moved into Christian romance. The Christmas Ranch is my first in this genre and you can expect two more in the Hill Country Series.
How did you get the idea for your book?
A few years ago, I visited my sister for Thanksgiving in rural Louisiana. Next to her house is a Christmas tree farm, owned by her friends from church. On the weekend after Thanksgiving, there’s a big family festival, so of course I had to check it out. Settings always speak to me, much like my characters, and I knew it would be where a future book would take place. If you want to see the farm, take a look at Grant Christmas Tree in Grant, Louisiana.
Tell us why we’ll love your book.
This book makes me think of the sweet Hallmark movies I watch during this season and that many romance lovers adore. Megan and Brody’s meant-to-be romance is endearing, and the example of God’s grace in their lives is heart-warming.
What does your writing process look like?
When a story idea comes to me, I sketch out a rough outline. Does it always go that way? Not at all, but at least I have a general idea where my characters will take me. Since I’m a teacher during the day, I squish most of my writing on the weekends. Forcing myself to sit down and write is the hard part, but once I start, it is easy from there.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
Most of the time, while I’m in the middle of writing a manuscript, I dream scenes from the book. Those characters never leave me alone! So, I often pop up in bed and type out the ideas in my phone before the ideas disappear. (And people wonder why I’m always tired!)
What is your best marketing tip?
My best marketing tip is to get out there and interact with people! Talk about your book, but also talk about other things! Build relationships with your readers and it’ll be so much easier!
Where can readers find you online?
Visit my website at http://www.booksbymelinda.com