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

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?
Risking Alex
Series: WMC, 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,410. 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?
Jade's Peace
Series: WMC, 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,490. 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.
Escape
Series: WMC, 0.5. Price: Free! Words: 26,020. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(4.00)
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: 86,130. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00)
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.