Interview with Priscilla Melinda Visser

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember being in the 9th grade and I had written an essay about a young girl who sleepwalks. My teacher then decided to read her favourite essay out of the entire class and to my suprise it was mine. I was so embarrased but later on in life I started to embrace my gift.
What is your writing process?
Observation. I need to look and see what is going on around me. I'm forever watching tv and I love spending the day out just peoples watching. When inspiration strikes I got to get it all down first. Sometimes I need to read books to jog my memory or give insight on the subject matter, but once i get going I really can't stop until its done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I rarely read anymore but as a child I loved reading the comics in news papers and magazine and later it became short stories in the same publications. I loved reading love stories but rare remember the stories. One book I do remember was our grade 12 prescribed book Kringe in n Bos (Circles in a bush by Dalene Matthee) it took me three reads to finally get it, but when I got it it changed my entire life and I knew that I should be writing.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers should be an illusion. It should never give away what the story is about but lure the reader in. Strange cover? Strange title? What is this about? That is normally what I want to provoke in my readers. Curiosity. I'm a very curious person myself.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible - Which I read like a story book - human behaviour is to me a very interesting topic.
I don't have any other favorites.
What do you read for pleasure?
Gossip magazines. I love a good mystery, suspense, crime story and romance. Sexy hot romance.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very rural poverty stricken area called Delft on the Cape Flats as they call it in Cape Town South Africa and around me there was nothing. There was and is to this day no way for you to keep dreaming when there is no hope. I vowed that I would not be swolled in by the place and also not let it define me. I don't like telling my story because its very cliche but I don't forget it.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in high school. Poetry was my first love which later evolved into lyrical writing and now I'm a full blown story telling machine. LOL.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Loving Annabelle is to me about social ensecurities and personal ensecurities. It also tells about how we can't really control human behaviour and self control. I wanted to delve into a topic where even though society looks to many of us likes it moving into one directions, underneath the mask of "normal" everything is really in an abnormal state.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Character sketching and research. Completely allowing the story to consume me. I act out every scene and try to become whoever I have created. Its like magic.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans... Wow. Just taking the time out to read one of my books is a huge honor for me. I love how you want get to know me and understand me. They are the reason I write. Thank You!
Published 2016-07-15.
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Books by This Author

Loving Annabelle
Price: Free! Words: 116,130. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Annabelle Spencer had her life figured out, she was smart a genius in fact and she wanted to remain the best for as all long as she could. Love and sex never crossed her mind and she made sure that lust didn’t distract her from her goals at all. Even though for most of her life the outside world and the people in it was invisible to her she soon realise that she wasn’t at all invisible.
A Choice To Forget
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 103,460. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Adult
A Choice to Forget By. Priscilla Melinda Visser “My life; the way I knew it would be turned upside down in the worst way possible. I think that I always wished deep down inside that I could go back and undo it all and start over. But not like this…”