About Melissa Keir:
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write because I believe that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Writing about small town life, I find that many people are looking for life and love, feeling worthwhile and a career. I hope that I can be inspiring to others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a seat of the pants writer. I sit down with a general idea of the story and characters then let the characters lead the way. I love to take my laptop and hide out in bed, typing away into the night.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I love to talk to my characters but they aren’t always very chatty!
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up! Keep learning and make friends! We are better supporting each other than competing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I began with small indie publishing houses that eventually closed. Taking the knowledge I’ve learned, I became a self publisher and have mentored many other authors who began their journey to publication.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that good stories will still be wanted, whether in ebook or print. So I’ll keep writing and publishing.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Small Town Contemporary Romances, Contemporary Western Romances
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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