Interview with Melissa Maldini

Published 2021-06-18.
How do you approach cover design?
I spend hours looking at abs until I find one with the perfect lighting. After that, I find a good font and smash the two together until i get something that I like. I like to ask myself "Would I pick up this book if I saw this cover?" if the answer isn't yes, I keep trying. Some covers take 20 minutes, some take 2 hours.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read Harlequin novels because they're so cheesy and cliche. That and I love erotic manga such as bara manga.
Describe your writing room?
Several large bookshelves full of harlequin novels. An entire filing cabinet (with a lock) that holds all my stories in it. A large desk with several drawers full of sticky notes and weird objects I've tossed in while I was cleaning. A huge pile of papers in a pile in the corner of the room that fell over and I'm too lazy to clean. A set of three jars themed after Harry Potter that are full of chocolates, hi-chew, and dum-dum lollipops.
How do you write your stories?
A lot of my stories come from a specific kink I want to explore. I usually pick what kind of relationship I want to write for (Daddy and son, son and uncle, etc.) and then try to apply that relationship to the kink. From there, all I have to do is sit down and write.
What are your favorite kinks to write for?
I love to write BDSM, mind-break, and size difference kinks. They're my go to story lines because they always get me going.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting reviews. Whether its here on Smashwords or somewhere else, I love hearing how much people enjoyed reading my work. Knowing that someone wants to read more of my work always makes me smile and it gives me motivation to write more!
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean so much! Every time I get a new "favorite author" notification, it brings such a smile to my face. Sometimes when I write taboo things, it feels a little lonely, like I'm the only one out there enjoying this kind of thing. But knowing that I'm not alone makes me feel better. So, to anyone reading this, thank you so much for writing. Your responses mean the world to me!
What are you working on next?
I'm doing my best to write longer stories. Most of my stories are 2,000 - 3,000 words and that's a find length but I've been wanting to do longer pieces for a while. I was thinking about trying to go for 5,000 - 7,000 words. It usually takes me longer to write those kinds of stories but they give me more wiggle room to make characters seem more dynamic in between their sex scenes.

That and I want to start making series! I like the idea of reoccurring characters and want to start working on making more memorable characters that people will think of when they think of me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time reading bara manga and other Boy Love manga (surprise, surprise). Reading is usually my go to way to pass the time. It's actually really hard to catch me without some type of erotic fiction medium in my hands!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember writing in high school. I wasn't as serious about it as I was when I got to college. It was just little stories here and there. A friend of mine asked me to write here a more erotic story for a character she liked in a tv show. I realized after I finished writing it that I actually enjoyed writing that kind of fiction. However, I didn't actually give it a real shot until I came to Smashwords many years later.
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