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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