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Interview with Author Melinda Curtis

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I am an avid reader with a large TBR pile (my to-be-read pile is always ambitious). But there was a weekend where every book I started was a DNF (did not finish). I thought I could do better. Four years and lots of study later and my first book was published by Harlequin.


What inspired you to write your book?

I am always looking to the lighter side of life and I have a firm belief that I can “talk” to the animals. That is, understand what it is their various sounds mean. I thought it’d be fun to write a book about someone who thinks they hear a dog talking.

What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

I write a lot of self-forgiveness books. We’ve all made mistakes in our past and need to be kinder to ourselves and others as we move forward.

What drew you into this particular genre?

I believe in stories with a happy ending. Romance always has a happy ending. If there’s love and no happy ending, that’s a tragedy and you won’t find me writing it. 😉

If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

I would love to hear what Snowflake has to say about my Thanksgiving dinner. He’s a dog but he’s a picky eater.

What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

Facebook. I write a lot of small town romances and that seems to be where my readers are.

What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Study the genre. Everyone has a unique storytelling voice but if you write genre fiction, you need to understand story structure. Structure allows your voice to shine while giving readers of the genre what they came for.

What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

I am continuing to write in a few of my longer series – The Mountain Monroes, The Kissing Test, Sunshine Valley – with releases in 2021. But I’m also shopping two new series – a new small town series and a cozy mystery series.


About the Author

Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Between writing sweet romance and sweet romantic comedy, Melinda finds time to bond with her husband over home remodeling projects. She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.

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Anthony Avina, (Born March 1990), is an author, a journalist, and a blogger. Born in Southern California, he has battled through injuries, disabilities, moves back and forth across the country, and more, yet still maintains a creative voice that he hopes to use not only to entertain but to inspire hope in even the darkest situations. He writes short stories and novels in several genres, and is also a seasoned journalist for the online magazine, On Request Magazine, as well as the popular site TheGamer. Having grown up reading the books of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, they inspired him to write new and exciting stories that delved into the minds of richly developed characters. He constantly tries to write stories that have never been told before, and to paint a picture in your mind while you are reading the book, as if you could see every scene of the book as if it were a movie you were watching. His stories will get your imaginations working, and will also show that in spite of the most despairing and horrific situations, hope is never out of reach. He am always writing, and so there will never be a shortage of new stories for your reading pleasure.

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