Interview with Melanie Amaline

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the country. I've lived in cities, trailer parks, farmhouses, and on both coasts. It's given me a perspective on our differences in America.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was about nine. I started with short stories and poems. Some of them were actually good.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am already an author, but I wanted to break free of the restrictions, both professional and personal, of writing under my birth name and traditional publishing.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a novel about suicidal love. I am also writing shorts during my breaks.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to paint and draw. I also like to chat.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I rely on Amazon's "people who like this" algorithm and reviews.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I remember a short story I wrote in seventh grade about a girl who ran away from home.
What is your writing process?
I just sit and type, even for non-fiction. Beforehand, I often spend hours to weeks contemplating or researching my subject. It almost forms itself in my brain.
How do you approach cover design?
I create my own cover images in my other life, but for this one I plan on using public domain images and Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor to create an eye-catching title.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything. I am currently in a mid-life crisis about entertainment and am finding old loves disappearing and new ones popping in. I've actually been getting into sci-fi and fantasy lately.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle.
Published 2014-09-07.
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