Friday, February 10, 2017

INTERVIEW WITH MELODY CARLSON By Cynthia Hickey





Melody Carlson is one of the most prolific novelists of our time. With more than 200 books published and sales topping seven million, Melody writes primarily for women and teens. She’s won numerous honors and awards, including The Rita, Gold Medallion, Carol Award and Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement award. Melody has two grown sons and one granddaughter. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. When not writing, Melody likes to travel, bike, camp, garden, and walk her yellow Labrador in the great outdoors.


When did you decide to pursue writing and eventually publication?

I got serious about writing nearly thirty years ago. At the time, it felt like I was arriving late on the scene, which makes me chuckle now. But I’d been writing for my own enjoyment and communication purposes for as long as I can remember. I finally reached the point where I wanted to attack writing as a “career.’ Back then (more than 200 books ago) it seemed like the impossible dream—and that era came with a lot of rejection. But I was stubborn and a bit na├»ve—plus I loved the writing process.

What is your writing process like? Do you write daily? Are you a plotter or a panster?

Well, as I just mentioned, I loved the process. And I still do. The reason I love it is because I’m a pantser. I love not knowing exactly where I’m going. I like the adventure of discovery, finding answers, being surprised by the unexpected. This is what keeps me going back to my writing studio, where I write almost daily. Usually just on weekdays—and normal office hours. Unless I’m crunching on a deadline, then I’ll put in a few more hours.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?

I love it when the story really kicks into gear, when the pace picks up and I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next. Like yesterday (a Sunday) I told my husband that I was eager to get back to my current book because I wanted to find out what is going to happen to the heroine (she and her teenage niece are in great peril). My least favorite thing is having to make an outline for a book (remember, I’m a pantser) and nowadays some publishers insist on outlines before they give contracts. I try not to grumble too loudly.

Please tell us about your latest release.

My latest suspense book is called Against the Tide (Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin, Oct. 2016).
Set in an Oregon coastal town, Megan McCallister suspects her father (a small town newspaper editor) has
been murdered due to a story he’d been researching. With the help of marina owner Garret Larsson, she attempts to get to the bottom of it—and tries to avoid ending up at the bottom of the sea instead.

Who or what inspired this special story?

The location was actually very inspirational. We used to own a beach cabin in a setting like this one and I’ve crafted several novels in a fictional locale that’s very similar.

Is there anything else you would like to share? What will you be working on next?

I’m working on a suspense proposal right now (I’ve already finished the dreaded outline) and far enough into the story to want to keep going. Interestingly, this story was inspired by a real life situation that happened to me this fall—and at a time when I wanted to take a ‘break’ from writing. It feels like even when I try to escape writing, a story will hunt me down and force me to write it.

Can you tell us something about yourself that a few people may know?

I swam across a crocodile infested river when I was nineteen (more than once!).

What is your most treasured possession?

It depends on how you define “treasured” and “possession.” Excluding living things, it might be an antique rocking chair that my grandfather left me when I was a teen. The chair had been brought to Oregon by his pioneering family in the 1850’s. I consider it a treasure.

If you had to leave your house suddenly, what is the one thing you would grab, other than family and pets?

As much as I’d want to grab my rocking chair, I might have to go for my computer hard drive—it still has a lot of unpublished books on it.

Thank you to much! Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

melodycarlson.com




LEAVE A COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF AGAINST THE TIDE

 Megan McCallister suspects her father's deep-sea fishing death was not accidental. As owner ofthe local newspaper, Rory McCallister's investigative reporting may have led to his demise. And when Megan picks up where her dad left off, her life is threatened as well. But marina owner and old friend Garret Larsson comes to her aid, helping her through the danger-filled investigation.

28 comments:

  1. Love, love your books. This looks good!

    Lela

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  2. Love your books, thanks for this chance to win one

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  3. Sounds good! I do enjoy Melody Carlson's books

    godleyv [at]yahoo {dot}com

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  4. I always enjoy reading Melody Carlson books and would love to win this one!

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  5. love to win this one! thanks for writing new books!!!

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  6. Beverly Duell-MooreFebruary 10, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    I always enjoy your books. I haven't read this one yet. I have no idea how it escaped my notice because I usually keep up on the latest books.

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  7. This sounds like a great book by one of my favorite authors!
    Martha T.
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  8. I always enjoy reading Melody Carlson books and would love to win this one!

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  9. This book sounds great for winter reading. The location and story line are intriguing. I am the opposite of Melody, I always loved to do outlines!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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  10. I always enjoy reading your books.
    Jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for the great interview! I have read some of Melody's books and am super excited about this new suspense release! Thanks for the giveaway! jdennis298(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Love Inspired Suspense are some of the best books! I'm looking forward to reading Against The Tide. Thanks for the giveaway and the interview. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  13. I love the books Melody Carlson writes, her books always keep me interested.

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  14. This looks really good. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  15. This looks and sounds like a great read! I love the LIS series! Thanks for the chance.

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  16. Great interview, so interesting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book. I enjoy Melody's stories. paulams49(AT)sbcglobal(DOT)net

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  17. Thanks for sharing Melody's interview. I am excited to read this new book.
    Blessings!
    Connie
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  18. Sounds like an excellent read.
    CherylB1987 AT hotmail DOT com

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  19. The book sounds like a good one to read. ave enjoyed the ones I've read by you. Will leave reviews.

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  20. Have enjoyed your other books. This one sounds very good.
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  21. This is a new author to me. Book sounds like an interesting read.

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  22. This is a new author to me. Book sounds like an interesting read.

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  23. Sounds like a great story and I really enjoyed reading about your process. I like that you are excited and "want to find out" what will happen next in your own stories! :)

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  24. Against the Tide sounds very interesting....except I'm from Alabama and we are definitely for the Tide, Crimson Tide that is, LOL. tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Have been enjoying your books for many years now. This looks like a great one. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

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  26. I really enjoy books written by melody Carlson and this one sounds like its reallt a good book.and of course I would love to win a copy.ms Pat McCurry patmccurry@bellsouth.

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  27. New-to-me LIS author...yay!! Great interview & love the sound of this book :-) LIS is among my favorite books!

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