Q1. Hi Melissa, Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an Aussie girl that loves fashion, click clack of the heels as I would say to Frank… hehe so yes I like to shop. In my spare time I like watching movies but I never get to the cinemas enough. I have two things in my life that I can’t live without… Hey stop thinking dirty, get your mind out of the gutter. I need music, I LOVE music, and my ears are nearly always plugged with music from iPod. Music makes me happy and I need to be happy to write Erotica. The other is my Nespresso coffee machine… I live on coffee… I can’t function without coffee… If you took coffee from me I wouldn’t be writing. I love taking photos but have never had any formal training and it’s not unusual for me to stop what I am doing and take a picture of a scene, setting, or anything that inspires me. I like to go wakeboarding, water skiing. I do go camping however I would prefer a 5-star hotel. Who doesn’t like to be pampered?
Q2. At what age did you start writing?
Damn Frank, don’t you know you never ask a girl anything to do with age? Really I only started writing last year in 2011. Yes 2011… my early 30’s (Hiding in shame. I can’t believe I wrote that.)
Q3. What is your writing routine, if you have one?
My routine. Well I write when ever I can, when the story comes to me. I work in the everyday world so I only have one day a week to really write. And on that day I treat it like a work day. I start at 9am and I normally don’t stop until around 2pm for lunch, continuing on until late that night. I try to make the most of it and if the story is running hot I have to go with the flow. The problem is it’s a Friday so no going out FRIDAY NIGHTS for me.
Q4. Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (writing by the seat of your pants, with very little planning ahead of time)?
I am a proud pantser. I don’t plot out the story. I let the story take its own form and just write however it comes. Which is hard sometimes as the story comes in fragments and not in order. But it comes together in the end.
Q5. In “Plentiful Package,” we follow Jenna and Andy, as they erotically frolic on the beaches of Australia. Does any of this story come from your personal experiences? If so, please explain.
Yes, I would say that the setting of ‘Plentiful Package’ was inspired by my surroundings. I live in Australia, in North Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef. I do spend a lot of time at the beach and on the reef around kite surfers so I know what those boys are like. He he… I have worked and lived on an island in The Great Barrier Reef and I used to take the Jet Ski’s out daily woo hoo! So much fun… oh memories… anyway what was I saying? Oh yeah, involved in water sports. But, I am NOT JENNA.
Q6. As an indie artist, what do you feel is the most important thing for fellow indies to do to try to get their work noticed by a large audience?
I think as an indie author the best thing you can do is TWITTER… seriously. I am not saying go and follow as many people as you can. Gosh I didn’t, I think I followed 100 people to start off with and it was like it for months. But you know what? Those 100 people are like my good friends. So what I am saying is talk to people on twitter, really talk to them and NOT about your book. Don’t be pushy. Don’t say ‘you will like my book’. Let the people come to you, do your tweets about your book and if it grabs people’s interest they will check it out and people will start following you.
That’s what you want. Make friends with them, don’t go full on and throw your book at them so to speak. Let people see the author behind the book. It may be a slow process but for me that is way more rewarding than sales. If you want to make money instantly you may want to look at something else than being an author. I write because I love writing and to get the story out of my head. I always say it doesn’t matter if 3, 30, 300, 3000 or more people buy your book in a year. You write for you. If it reaches just one other person and they get the characters, see it in a 3-d form, or cried or felt some sort of emotion. YOU HAVE DONE YOUR JOB.
Q7. Ultimately, what theme or themes were you trying to address with this story?
My books are classed as erotica due to the sexually explicit detail in them. However I think of them as sassy, sexy, steamy and contemporary erotica. And I just hope the readers enjoy them any way they can! Thanks for the interview. This was fun.
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