Soapbox Spotlight: Melissa Love
Thanks for joining me in welcoming another Soapbox Spotlight author today! Melissa Love is an up and coming author from Detroit, Michigan. Her first urban fiction novel Sinful Traits was published in 2010. Since then, she has been using her creative storytelling to create more jaw-dropping stories with a unique twist. She is a member of the Motown Literary Network that promote up-and-coming authors. Today, she is talking to us about her latest novel, Holy Suspicion.
What made you want to be a writer?
My co-workers and I used to read books and talk about them. I remember while reading some of these books that I could write and be as creative as the story. So in 2000, I had my first book published.
How did you come up with the title for your latest book?
The title was pretty easy. I knew I wanted to [write about an] affair, and I wanted to talk about secrets.
Can you tell us about your main character?
My main character is Carter, and I wrote the book from his view point.
How did you develop your plot and characters?
My plot was to have the wife hiding a secret affair, and my main character trying to put the pieces together on who she was having an affair with.
What do you look for in a cover?
I make sure the cover(s) try to fit [the] story that I am writing.
What do you love about independent publishing?
I love the fact that my stories stay true to the way [I wrote them]. I have the freedom to determine my pricing, and I am able to order my book with no problem when I have events to do.
How do you come up with new novel ideas?
Sometimes I watch TV shows, or my co-workers have discussion at work then an idea comes to me.
What was the hardest part about writing this book?
The hardest part I had to face was giving off little hints into Keisha’s (the wife) [life], without letting the real secret out. I wanted the readers to find out at the same time Carter did.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes; it’s all about hiding secrets and knowing that sooner or later your secret will be exposed.
How much of this book is based on real events?
I say about a good percent of women and men cheat, [but it’s] not [based on any event in my life].
Do you have to travel much concerning your book?
Thanks to the internet, I can do blog and author tours. So far I have done a book signing, and participate in my home town Authors groups where I bring my book(s).
What projects can we expect from you in the future?
I will be writing more books and uncovering more secrets.
Wow! Well, thanks for joining me today, Melissa.
Thanks for having me, Ray!
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Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/melissa-love