After a difficult day of dealing with reality, there are few things more relaxing than curling up with a Melanie Summers book. Her novels introduce readers to a range of characters. Some with laugh-out-loud sarcasm, others with tear-inducing backstories, and still others with a tenacity that propels them to dive, headfirst, into fantastic missions that a normal person would avoid. In other words, Summers knows how to take readers out of reality, and plop them into a better world!
As you can imagine, I was thrilled when she agreed to answer five questions about her work and writing background. So, before you head to amazon to add Summers' best-selling titles to your kindle, take a quick look at what she says below. Not only does this interview offer insight on her writing style, but it also includes a FREE surprise for readers!
I do want to make it clear though that their opinions are not my opinions. I was recently accused of being anti-American. A reader was offended by a comment Arthur makes in The Royal Wedding about Americans raising their kids on super-sized fries. Her assumption about me couldn’t be further from the truth—I love my American neighbours, and see them as generous, kind, hardworking people. Arthur’s comment was that of a man who can be a bit of an arse at times and was covering up his own feelings of loss when his best friend moved to the US. He misses him but he’s not going to say that. He’s going to make a quip about it instead because that’s so much easier.
Tessa’s klutziness is all me. I embarrass myself regularly, like for example, I’ve somehow forgotten how to pose for photographs, and have ended up looking like a surprised ax murderer in every picture taken of me lately. My driver’s license is so funny, the lady at the bank (the only person I showed it to) burst out laughing. It’s that bad. I won’t even show my husband.
Just kidding. It would be this:
- Be patient with yourself, you’re learning and you always will be
- Accept feedback with an open mind because when people offer criticism, it’s an opportunity to improve and make your work the best it can be, which should be the goal, shouldn’t it?
- There’s no such thing as perfect—not in a book, not in a human being. Not ever. So, let go of that notion now and save yourself a whole lot of frustration and heartache.
- No book will please every reader out there. Some people will hate your work. That’s just a fact. Some people hate papaya, and even if they were offered the world’s most ripe, juicy, fresh papaya, they simply wouldn’t like it. Doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with that papaya. Those people might like mango or strawberries, so they should eat that instead.
- Surround yourself with positive people who encourage you when you fail and cheer for your success in a genuine way. Let go of people who can’t be happy for you when you’re doing well, and let the success of others inspire you instead of allowing it to make you feel like a failure.
- Get a great editor who you can trust to tell you the truth.
- Write as often as you can.
And, she has a surprise for fans! You're welcomed to a free copy of her first book in The Crown Jewels series. It's entitled, The Royal Treatment and it's one of the funniest and romantic comedies I've ever read!
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