Interview with Melba Christie

What is your writing process?
I write daily. I keep multiple journals with different themes. The themes are family life, nature, the art of writing, inspiration and art. I read everyday and get motivation from my fellow bloggers at WordPress.com. I write short stories about my childhood and events that happened throughout my life that I believe are universal. I outline, collect quotes, use headlines to write poems, and reflect on my own artwork.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover has to reflect my overall theme. In The Secret Life of Mandalas, I designed the cover with a spiraled mandala. The colors I use are also important. When I watercolor or paint with acrylics, my palette is very much the colors that you would find in the gardens of an English country cottage. I love the violets, lavender hues, and all earth tones.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have too many favorite books to name just five. Any given five would lose there ranking depending what I am reading and fall in love with in the moment. Of course, I loved Silas Marner, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Novellas of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but I read a lot of non-fiction as well. I am a great fan of Chopra, Dwayne Dyer and Paulo Coelho. Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that had a profound impact on me was Silas Marner, which I read in the fifth grade a zillion years ago. I was intrigued by the fact that the author used a male pseudonyn. Although I was young at the time, I came to understand why George Elliot refused to use her given name, Mary Anne Evans. The characters in the story reminded me of some folks in my neighborhood. I think the story could be placed within any time period.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly poetry.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I just started trying to market my books. I use Facebook and Twitter. I would love to do some poetry readings at local bookstores so I am setting for that venue.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Nook.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
New York City. The urban tales haunt me all the time. I lived in very diverse neighbors where I picked up a lot beautiful cultural perspectives from people. The public libraries were my refuge and the theaters and museums my places of worship.
Describe your desk
Well I have several desks. I have a computer table with my printer and an old Royal Typewriter circa 1940. But I also have a drawing board so to speak where i draw and paint. I have an old fashioned secretarial desk and my dining room table is usually packed with books, notebooks, journals and magazine and newspaper clippings.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry in the fifth grade. My teacher encouraged us to journal. I dad was a natural storyteller so I was always exposed to the oral tradition of my cultural heritage.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is the release I feel. I enter a peaceful and sometimes turbulent world but most times I find solace, especially when I write about the loves of my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is so much simpler to answer to yourself and nowadays self-publishing is so accessible. I would love to be published by a major publisher but I have learned to be my own critic and to understand that writing is a way of life.
What are you working on next?
I am working on another poetry collection. I have a few short stories I want to revisit. I also want to include my art and my photography in my books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sun shining through the skylight window in my bedroom. It tells me to get up and breathe.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing in my mind. I write music and lyrics. I paint. Play with my beautiful granddaughter. I watch old movies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
People I know recommend them. I also look for new authors and poetry.
Published 2017-07-21.
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