Interview with Melinda Brasher

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, travelling, planning trips, and playing games that challenge my mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've pretty much always written stories, but my first novel was about a girl whose father should become king. When he hesitates, a charming younger nobleman slips onto the throne instead, destroying everything she knows. It's a living novel, even now, in its most recent incarnation. I hope to publish it soon.
What is your writing process?
Messy. I always have notebooks and word documents and slips of paper full of little notes and fragments, and then I have to weave them together. Then I revise about fourteen times.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly fantasy, sci fi, and historical fiction, especially YA or upper-grade juvi, but I also read bits of everything else, and enjoy a good contemporary novel with unusual characters or settings or a thought-provoking premise. I lived abroad for a few years, and read whatever I could get my hands on: romances, Russian spy novels, mysteries, classics, humor, horror. The variety was good for me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I have a Kindle Touch and love it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to create the type of thing I want to read. I also love it when my characters do things I didn't plan on them doing, and when my critique group debates about what my characters are going to do.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing up another YA stand-alone fantasy about a girl whose parents lock her away for showing signs of a dangerous and shameful magic. I'm also working on a couple of sci fi projects set on other planets.
Published 2013-12-20.
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Books by This Author

Chaos Rises
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Price: Free! Words: 8,010. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Magic isn't as good as beauty or wealth, but for Hala it's something to set her apart, even if her only ability is to summon animals—accidentally—at inconvenient times. Then one night she comes home to find a black-cloaked stranger holding her village under a terrible spell. Will she be able to finally use her magic when it really matters?
Far-Knowing
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,150. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When Kalli first meets the young man with the chain, exactly where the spell of far-knowing revealed him to be, he seems pleasant enough. Nevertheless, he must die. His smile hides a ruthless killer, a mage who wields far more power than Kalli fears she'll ever know. Unmatched but undaunted, she plans his destruction, unaware that his best weapon may be her own overconfidence.
Leaving Home
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,120. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A train breaks down in the snowy Polish countryside. The jungle awakes. On a cruise ship, paranoia strikes. Fairy godmother magic comes from an unexpected source. A blackmailer makes a mistake. A young father leaves town. A neighbor's death reveals a dark surprise. All this and more in Leaving Home, a collection of twenty short stories, flash fiction, and travel essays by Melinda Brasher.