Interview with Melody Schnauer

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I just end up reading manga, watching anime, listening to music and enjoying film. As a uni student, I also have to do the compulsory work, and I travel to and fro from their to my home. Other than that, I tend to spend time with my friends, usually participating in any of the aforementioned activities.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
While I can't remember the first story, I can remember my first purely original work. It was a story about a girl who had been deemed a witch by her village. When she was chased away, a kind man took her into his home and taught her about the ways of his people, and essentially making her his daughter. Together they met friends and had fun. However, they were discovered by the people of her village, and in order to save her, the man gave up his life for her. To honour him, she ran to the city, where no one knew she was a witch. There she married a nice man, had a child with him, and named the boy after her deceased father. I think I was about ten or eleven when I wrote that piece. It took up an entire exercise book, and I was very pleased with myself.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't really. I can remember some of the earlier books that I've read, such as Mahy's Maddigan's Fantasia, or Pierce's Trickster's Choice. While they weren't the first books I've read, they're both books that really connected with me, and made me love fantasy. However, I do remember being introduced to the paranormal fiction section. I've always loved reading about different mythologies, and I've found the most young adult books seem to have a mythos of their own. It's that very idea which made me want to write.
What is your writing process?
I am very often caught up in my imagination, and as a result I listen to my music loudly so people don't interrupt me when I'm thinking up new plots and ideas. Whenever I come to know my characters and when I know my plot inside and out, I just start writing. I've never been good at planning out my stories, so that's why I have to cement them in my head first. During my writing, I tend to have a friend on standby, so they can tell me what they think of each chapter; if I do that then I tend to stay more focused with my story. When I finish (hooray), I just let it sit for a month or so, before I look over it and begin editing. Other then that, my process is not very complicated.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually only read ebooks from my computer, or from my iPad. I simply try downloading them (or a sample) and see if it can be read. If it can't, I ditch it. If I can, I delve into the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A tricky question indeed. At this moment in time (and this is not in any order):
1. The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
2. The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
3. Tiger's Destiny - Colleen Houck
4. Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers
5. Trickster's Queen - Tamora Pierce

All of them hold special places in my heart. most of them are in a series, and I prize every book fro the series, as what is a segment without its whole.
What do you read for pleasure?
Young adult novels. I mean the really 'lolly book' type ones, where you can read it in a day. If they have vampires, I'm happy. If they have werewolves, still happy. If they have an otherwordly creature which hasn't really been explored before, or if it has a dystopic/meaningful plot.... Well then, I'm super happy, and my family won't see me for a day.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
As I've mentioned, I only read on my computer and iPad. My preference is for my computer, as it's an environment that I'm very familiar and comfortable with. Otherwise I prefer a hard copy to cuddle with.
Describe your desk
Messy. At this moment I have two mugs of drunken tea, a manuscript, sheet music, Pokemon guides, cross-stiches, manga, a calendar, my iPad and clothes on my desk.

It's a lot more tidy than it was last week.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Zealand, and I lived on a dairy farm. As one might imagine, this meant I was constantly surrounded by green paddocks, cows, dogs and cloudy skies. I think that by living in such a stimulating environment it means that I envision all of my scenes in quite a specific way, and sometimes I feel that words can't possibly describe what's happening in my head. In the end, that's what all writers are trying to do; they try to convey their words through the filter of their own imagination.
Published 2014-05-20.
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Books by This Author

Day Break
Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Dayar is a man, haunted by an old name. No matter how hard he tries, it never leaves him. A story about trauma, coping and living with old scars.