Just walking off the docks today is Melissa Bradley, author of Nathan’s Angel, Byzantine Provocateur, Maxie Brisco Werewolf, Encore Performances, Michael’s Keeper, Dream On, and Love Haight. I was really lucky to snag her. She’s recently had a potentially fatal encounter with EMP killing snow. Well, it killed her access to internet. And she lived! Impressive display of courage and survival right here on Spacedock 19.
MP: Welcome, Melissa! I’m so glad you decided to pop up to Spacedock 19 for a visit. I’m really looking forward to spending the day with you. First off, would you care for a drink?
MB: I would, thanks. I like the looks of that electric blue concoction being served to the purple-skinned lady. You know, I have to say this place is definitely worth the long journey. Though I did get a bit sick from the lightspeed travel. Still…Wow!
MP: Those are good. I’ll order a pitcher.
With seven books under your experience, you certainly have a lot of useful knowledge to share. So yeah, have a lot of drinks. lol Anyway, I admire how uninhibited you are when writing. How did you become so fearless?
MB: Aww.. thanks. I was not born this fearless. It is an attitude and an outlook forged from some very difficult experiences. That attitude helped with my writing because I knew that I liked to write many different kinds of stories and that I never wanted to be labeled in one genre or another.I also want to write everything under my own name whether its my erotica tales or my as yet unpublished historical, sci fi and horror tales. Sometime I may have to rethink that, but for now, I’m going for it.
MP: It’s a healthy attitude to have. I remember reading somewhere, I can’t remember which famous author said this, but we should write what scares us – stretch beyond our comfort zone. Is there some technique you go about when writing to push yourself? Something others can use when writing what scares them?
MB: When I run up against fear or intimidation, I take a breath and step back. I take a break from writing and take myself on an art date. It’s something I learned from Julia Cameron. I go do something creative that is as unlike writing as possible. I find that I get re-inspired to try new things that way.
MP: That’s quite brilliant. I use art as a writing prompt when I’m trawling about for ideas. Do you find it easier to be brave the more you publish?
MB: I wish I did, but the truth is I always have what I call my panic moments. The ones where I say “What are you doing? This is terrible, they’re going to hate it.” When I am in the midst of one of these I don’t feel very brave. Mmm…This drink is delicious. I think I’m going to top mine off.
MP: Please have more. heh, heh… That sounds similar to my ‘everything sucks’ phases. I’ve read Byzantine Provocateur, and was well entertained by your talent. So, I hope you keep going, and I know you have a new book on the horizon. Publishing is… to be polite in quite a state. How did you decide to publish and why?
MB: Aww.. I’m so glad you enjoyed Byzantine. I loved my characters very much. Thalia and Murat were so much fun to write and I’ve always wanted to visit Istanbul. It’s one of the most gorgeous cities in the world.
I got into publishing back in ’94 when I started writing reviews for a women’s fiction magazine. It wasn’t until a fiction contest in 08, though that I finally was able to get into publishing my own fiction. It had always been a dream of mine, ever since I read my first romance back at age 11. Violet Winspear’s Bride of Fortunato. However, I’d been around the industry enough to know that it was really difficult, almost impossible to get your books out there.
Publishing has blown up with ebooks and I’m very excited by all the possibilities. What scares me is the marketing we authors have to do. It is daunting and challenging, but go through or go home, my grandpa always said. Still, authors have such huge opportunities to make their own unique voices heard. I love it.
MP: You write with a lot of skill, Melissa, and fun. I need to pick up more of your books.
The marketing is tough. To me it’s like pushing a boulder up a steep hill. And it seems the same thing works differently for different people. One of my friends says, figure out what you’re good at, what your strengths are, and exploit them like heck.
Another friends says, we’re in this for the long haul. Have you seen a build up as you’ve gone along in your publishing career?
MB:Why thank you. That means a lot coming from a fellow author. I’ve definitely seen a small build up in terms of an audience, especially for my blog and author pages. Sales still fluctuate widely. with my paranormal stuff selling the best. The sexy beast werewolves I write about are far and away my most popular. In particular, Maxie Briscoe: Werewolf. People really love the idea of a female werewolf, something not too often seen when you compare the sheer numbers of books out there featuring female vampires, demons, angels, etc.
MP: I’ll have to check her out. Thanks for stopping in, Melissa. Maybe tell us a bit about your next book before we fade out and down this pitcher away from prying eyes. Heh, heh.
MB: Anytime! (sips her drink) You know, these things really go to your head…Anyway, back to stories. I’m really excited because I have a steampunk tale that will be out soon from Amber Quill Press. it’s called the Physician’s Lieutenant and tells the story of a British airman and a Turkish doctor who find love as their respective countries become swept up in the fires of war and revolution. I’m also working on the sequels to Maxie Briscoe: Werewolf and Michael’s Keeper.
It has been a pleasure to while away the afternoon here with you at Spacedock 19. Say, do you think the bartender will part with his recipe for this wonderful drink?. He’d make a killing on Earth.
More About Melissa
Melissa Bradley grew up on the southeast side of Chicago in a book-loving, story-telling family. She is drawn to stories of romance, adventure and suspense, with a hint naughtiness, of course. When not toiling away at her day job, you can find her lost in the stacks of books at the library or bookstore. Follow her latest imaginary journeys at http://melissasimaginarium.blogspot.com/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/melbwrites
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