Interview with Melissa Stevens

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I would love my kindle but it's having mental issues and doesn't always want to start right so about half the time I end up reading on my phone.. not my favorite.
Describe your desk
Messy on top, but the drawers are organized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In a tiny town in southeast Arizona called Duncan, and of course this influences my writing. A lot of my stories are set in different small towns in that area.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually something that's been recommended to me, for various reasons. Some are good for business, some are good for writing, some are just great to enjoy. Once in a while I'll pick up something that the cover just grabs me.
What is your writing process?
What is that old quote, I can't remember who it's been attributed to. Writing is easy, you just sit down at the typewritter, or in my case the computer/keyboard, and bleed. Yeah, that's pretty much it. I try to write every day working my way through which ever story I'm telling today, sometimes I start at the beginning and tell the story to the end, some times I hop around in the story telling this bit or that bit that I know and filling in the gaps later. Each story is different.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I remember reading I was like 3, it was a library book and one of a series called Letter Box books (at least that's what I think it was called, it was a long time ago and I was tiny) then I remember reading Ribsy, I don't remember how old I was for that only that I could barely reach it on the shelf. I was hooked. I loved reading. I've never stopped, though I don't have as much time for reading now that I'm writing all the time.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers I do several ways.. I have a cover designer I love. I can tell her this is the main characters, this is the feel of the story (is it sweet, is it steamy?) and anything I have in mind, if I do, often times I don't... Another way is to be in mid-story and be browsing pre-made groups and stumble across the perfect cover... The third is planning things. Last summer I decided I was going to write a trilogy. I had a basic concept for them and what tied them together so I went looking for pre-mades to see if I could find anything that fit my ideas.. I found 3 covers, not designed to be a trilogy but all with the same designer, after speaking with her, she agreed to help me make them more cohesive as a series (though, they're pretty good already, she'll just help make it more so) so I bought them.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. People look at me funny when I say that but it's true. I'll read thriller, western, horror, sci-fi, romance, whatever. The only thing I don't read much of anymore is YA.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is gonna sound either stupid or genius. The best thing you can do to sell your book is write more books. Seriously.
When did you first start writing?
I've written forever, I just haven't written books. As a kid I would start a story and get 2 pages in and have no clue where to go from there. In college I was in Eng 101, back when it was a list of paper types you had to write and #1 was an observational paper... At the time I was in school full time and working full time I didn't have time to do the assignment the way it was given... Go out, sit some where for 30 minutes... watch the people around you and write about them in detail. Pffft. I faked it. I made up the whole thing.
I got an A.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh... the latest I released or the latest I wrote? I'll go with wrote. I just finished a short for an anthology about a two people who went to their 10 year school reunion and found people weren't who they'd been in school. The mid-level jock who had been too involved in his own issues never realized the scholarship girl (it was a private boarding school) had a huge crush on him. The scholarship girl continued on through school, built her own business that she loves and is far more confident than she was then. It was a fun write.
Published 2018-01-20.
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Books by This Author

Billionaire Bachelor: Alex
Series: Diamond Bridal Agency. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,010. Language: American English. Published: October 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Alex wants his brother off his back. Janie wants somewhere she feels safe. Can they discover that even thought they've each been hurt, there are still good things out there?
Billionaire Bachelor: Sean
Series: Diamond Bridal Agency. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,350. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sean wants a family. Sabrina wants to be the one to raise her children. But how can two people states away find each other?
Billionaire Bachelor: Justin
Series: Diamond Bridal Agency. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,170. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Money, Justin has. But society snubs their nose at the upstart gambler. Needing an in, he decides to marry. Where does the up and coming Billionaire go when he needs just the right bride? Diamond Bridal Agency
Sultry Nights
Series: Pelican Lake Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,110. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Zach has lived along the shores of Pelican Lake for most of his life. He grew up here, he fell in love here and he had his heart broken here. Now after more than ten years, he sees her again. Dani. The girl he loved. The girl he planned to marry. The girl who broke his heart. But she's not a girl any more. More than ten years has passed and he wonders why she's come back.
Smoldering Sunsets
Series: Pelican Lake Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,360. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Stephanie went home to visit her parents place at Pelican Lake in hopes that the boy she'd dated twice would leave her alone. When he shows up, and the harassment continues, she's at her wits end. How can she get him to just leave her alone. Noah saw the fear in the girls face and try as he might he couldn't walk away. He didn't expect to find the beautiful girl to be funny and amazing.
Steamy Days
Series: Pelican Lake Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,930. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Ashley is working her last summer at the lake. She'd just graduated and her new job doesn't start until August. What she hadn't counted on was encountering a man who pulled her. Someone she wanted to spend time with, even though she had other things to do. Jared was recovering, from a gunshot wound and the after effects of the surgery that had saved his leg.
Redeemed by Desire
Series: City of Sin. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,920. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Neo has lived for the last two thousand years knowing he would never find his mate. There could be no mate for him. He had long since come to terms with his curse. Then Gwen came into his life. He could feel she was his mate, but how? Gwen was here to do a job, not to get laid. But she hadn’t counted on finding her mate.
Revealed by Desire
Series: City of Sin. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,230. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Rachel's brother's gone missing and behind the scenes in Las Vegas is a big place to be lost. A strange meeting at a party could lead her to finding her brother...or a mate. Chris has been hunting for his step-sister. He’s only recently taken over the werewolf Fraction and is trying to bring everyone back together and find his sibling. What he wasn’t expecting was for his search to find his mate
Ruger
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,580. Language: American English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
The first in the Demented Souls series, Ruger is a motorcycle club romance, with a twist. Ruger thought his life was complete, until the night Krissi walked into his bar. Krissi ran from her father and the life he chose. Now, she's drawn to the tattooed and mysterious bartender. Can they trust each other enough to risk their lives on it?
Released by Desire
Series: City of Sin. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,900. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Teya wakes one morning to discover an unknown man lying beside her. She soon realizes her bedmate is the man she’s been dreaming about for more than 2000 years. All this time, she’s believed he was merely part of her imag-ination, but she was so wrong. Jericho is now here, in the flesh. In the last place she expected to find him—her bed. How will her fellow Quetzalcoatl take it when they find out?
The Kitsune Collection
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 363,730. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Nickie is shocked to find that not only do shifters exist, but she is one. Amidst her confusion, her closest friend turns on her. Who can she trust? When an old friend appears, she realizes she's not alone in her struggle to learn a new life and culture, but is she ready for what life holds in store for her?
Risking Alex
Series: White Mountain Chanat, 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,900. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The engaging third installment to the WMC Series, Matt has lost his wife and child, and now encounters Alex, who is a potential mate. Is he ready to risk his heart again?
Live
Series: Kitsune. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,140. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The final book in the Kitsune series, Live begins as Nickie recovers from dealing with traumatic loss. Brandon is in custody, trying to earn pack redemption while helping locate a pair of killers.
Jade's Peace
Series: White Mountain Chanat, 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,690. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The first full book in the WMC shapeshifters series. Short story prequel is Escape. Shifter romance.
Robin's Nest
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,810. Language: American English. Published: July 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
After a car accident puts her in a coma, Samantha awakens to find her best friend, Robin, never left her side. Realizing there's more between them than either of them realized, they now have to decide if its worth risking their friendship to find out if it can work.
Hunt
Series: Kitsune, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,150. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Nickie returns to town eager to get back to her life and routine but soon discovers that there are many more changes headed her way. After an old school friend is murdered, a threatening message is written on the news article about her death and left for Nicki. She begins to wonder if maybe her friend had been killed as a warning to her, but why?
Fight
Series: Kitsune, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,250. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Nickie continues to adjust to the changes that discovering the Kitsune bring to her life, with new adventures and a couple of unexpected twists along the way.
Escape
Series: White Mountain Chanat, 1. Price: Free! Words: 25,930. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
On the run from an arranged marriage, Rebecca’s has been hiding out in the wild for months. But now shes wandered into Nick’s territory, and he doesn’t take trespassers lightly. He’s given her clothes, food and shelter, but can Rebecca trust him not to turn her back over to her family? Can she convince him to help protect her?
Change
Series: Kitsune, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 86,360. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
A rattlesnake bite. A moment of panic. Everything changed in the blink of an eye. Nickie learns the hard way, not only do shapeshifters exist, but she is one.