Secretly yes… but I never told anyone.
I always told myself stories in my head. I would see something interesting and make up something about it. I told a friend about it once and she told me I needed to write out the stories. I did one for her and she insisted I publish it. I did and it changed my life.
Often as I write the first book in a series, the other books tell themselves in the story. A character will appear and become prominent, or catch my attention and tell me their story. When I wrote BAM I knew the character names and friendship of Bentley, Aiden, and Maddox but the rest of the books grew from those stories.
So far there is one, but I am working on it and that might change!
Sometimes an image catches my eye and inspires the cover. Other times I spend hours trying to find the image to go with the book. I work with Karen to create the feeling of the cover. I have to love the cover otherwise my readers won’t.
I find inspiration everywhere. A person standing at the bus stop. A couple in a restaurant. A snippet of overheard conversation. My mind is full of ideas inspired by simple day to day occurrences.
Richard and Katy Van Ryan from The Contract.
4-8 weeks depending on the length of the book.
I love sunshine/grumpy or office romance.
So many. I love to read historical. Scarlett Scott is a favorite. Tessa Dare. Elisa Braden. In contemporary I love Carrie Elks, Freya Barker, Vanessa Fewings. JR Ward is my favorite vampire go to.
I would love to see The Contract made into a movie. Or BAM into a series.
Melanie lives in Ontario, Canada. She became a full-time writer following the success of The Contract in 2016.
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of thirty-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.