Featured Author Melanie P. Smith

Please give Melanie a warm welcome, check out our interview, give a like or a share, and become a stalker.


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  • How long have you been writing?

I’ve actually been writing all my life.  It has taken many forms over the years.  In college, I put aside my fictional writing to focus on term-papers and other assignments.  In my job, I used my writing skills for web development, awards citations and annual reports.  In 2015, I returned to my passion and published my first novel.  And the rest, I guess you could say… is history.

I wrote a fun blog about this very topic.


  • Are you traditionally published, or self-published?

I am an Indie (or self-published) author.

  • If self-published when/why did you take that route.

I decided to go the Indie route because I like the idea of having complete control over my work.  I decide the plot, the cuts, the covers and the marketing strategies.  I’m fairly picky about what I want; so, it seemed like the best fit for me.

  • Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing energizes me.  When I’m forced to take a break for too long, I miss it and cant’ wait to get back.  It’s everything else that is exhausting (web updates, marketing, networking, etc.)

  • How many hours a day do you write?

I don’t have a set writing schedule.  Some days I write for hours at a time, other days I can only dedicate an hour or two.

  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I rarely read book reviews these days.  When I published my first novel, I read them religiously but I found I was second guessing myself too much.  I actually prefer personal contact with my fans over written reviews.  My favorite fan is ten and she loves my Warrior Series.  I had the honor of meeting HayLee for ice cream one day and I think our time together was as special to me as it was to her.  I will occasionally skim through reader comments if I’m actively promoting a certain novel; but, I don’t dwell on them anymore.

  • What is your favorite childhood book?

As a small child, I loved the Boxcar Children.  Eventually, I progressed to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries.  In my teen years, I devoured anything by Agatha Christy.

  • Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have many favorite authors, there are so many truly incredible stories tellers to choose from.  But, if I had to pick just one, Nora Roberts would be at the top.  She is truly talented and I admire the way she can develop any character, in any story so the reader feels like they are hearing from an old friend; someone they’ve known for years.   Her vivid descriptions draw you into the story and make you feel like you are actually there, experiencing the events first hand.

I consciously work to develop my stories to achieve this same feeling of familiarity.  I also work hard to describe my scenes using all the senses to make the reader feel like they are smelling the flowers, tasting that hot dog, hearing the crowd roar or swiping that bead of sweat from their brow on a hot day.


  • Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I currently have multiple projects in the works.  In addition to my third criminal suspense novel, I am working on a new Immortal Trilogy.  The release date for book one – Divergence – is still unknown but I’m having a lot of fun writing about a group of Demi-Gods and their rivals; the Titans.  In the meantime, check out my other books.  My Warrior Series is a complete paranormal romance collection that consists of seven books and two novellas.  My brochure has detailed information, book links and eBook trailers.  Be sure to check it out.


I’m also participating in a multi-author anthology this fall.  The entire collection consists of psychological horror stories written by amazing authors.  It is sure to be dark, disturbing and will certainly go bump in the night.

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Thank you Theresa Jacobs.




Chase Your Dreams

You have to believe in yourself and continue to do so in the face of oblivion. There are days where you feel as though your talking to yourself when you share your work. Whether it’s your blog, a video, a new book, whatever it is you’re sending out into the world. There will be days when you are essentially being ignored, people don’t click, don’t like, don’t share and don’t even read. Remeber all times you do the same to others.

We are bombarded daily with posts screaming click me, look at me, read me, and who has that kind of time!

I have a handful of people that I go the extra mile for and when I see their posts. I like, share, and comment. I can’t always read, or watch right that precise moment, but I get back to it. I’m sure we all have this little niche.

Everyone is insanely busy and have their own stuff to create too. Don’t fret about it, or give up. Keep creating, keep sharing, keep speaking to the world. Find new avenues to gather new followers. Try different ways to share, you never know what will peak someone’s interest.  Don’t stop and never stagnate.

This week I made a fun GIF for my book, then I found a new poplar sharing site called Awesome Gang, check it out.


Plus I created an Amazon Paperback Giveaway – this one is currently USA only but Canada and UK will be next!

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Cataclysm. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/8eadd7869e7904fd NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Oct 26, 2017 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

Just be you, believe in you, and put in the time – it will change and you’d better be ready for it when it does.

Stay tuned for my author signing coming 2018!

Happy writing folks, Theresa Jacobs


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