Interview with Lois Melkonian

What do you read for pleasure?
When I'm reading for pleasure, I most often choose a mystery. Having been a journalist for so many years and having to wait so long for answers and justice, I love reading mysteries where there is resolution. Even if that resolution disturbs me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Goodreads and the recommendations of my friends.
Describe your desk
Piles here and there, until I sort through the documents and put them away. Lots of pens, pencils, a stapler, business cards and a tall glass of water. And my fabulous printer is right here, so I can scan and print with ease.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in India, moved to Lebanon for my early schooling, was evacuated during the 6-day war and lived in Denmark for a year. My father is from Cyprus, my mother from Denmark and English was their common language when they met in India. Our family immigrated to the United States, living first in Colorado and then in California. My background is the premise for my first book, HYBRID: THE TRANSFORMATION OF A CROSS-CULTURAL PEOPLE PLEASER.
When did you first start writing?
My first work was in the 3rd grade when I wrote a play to include every person in the class. Of course I was the queen and the boy I had a crush on was the king. Then I chose broadcast journalism for my career path, so since my early 20s I've been writing nearly every single day for the stories I would report on or anchor. I continue to write now because I believe every story matters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am the child of missionary parents from Denmark and Cyprus who met and married in India where I was born. We moved to Lebanon where I learned to speak Arabic and Armenian before war sent us to live with family in Denmark, followed by a move to Colorado and California. My cross-cultural upbringing made discovering who I was a confusing and emotional challenge, at first solved and later confounded by a penchant toward people pleasing. Friendship, faith, marriage, motherhood, divorce, remarriage and career pursuits all add to the blend of what I call a hybrid life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
With my background in broadcast news, I love the immediacy of being an indie author. Yes, I have an editor and a group of close friends who I have run things by, but writing in this fashion puts the onus on me to publish when I'm ready. I'm also a public speaker and my agent made it clear that for more success, I needed to write my story. So I have and here I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We will find out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love telling stories about people, and when I write that is what I do best. In my first book the focus has been on me and my identity and I am thrilled to be done with this phase of my life so that I can return to what I love, sharing stories of people. That's what's next.
What do your fans mean to you?
When someone reads something I've written and lets me know how they're impacted, I am humbled. I've made so many mistakes, and every one led me to my next step. Maybe someone will have the courage to dig into their story, whether or not they write about it. I believe every story matters, and when you tell yours it changes everything.
What are you working on next?
I am intrigued by Post Traumatic Growth, and I believe that's what I'll dive into next. It will give me the opportunity to share stories of people and I cannot wait!
Who are your favorite authors?
Elizabeth George, Henri Nouwen, Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, P.D. James, Maya Angelou, Anne Lamott, Richard Rohr, Martha Beck, Liane Moriarty, Jonathan Kellerman, Hans Christian Andersen
Published 2015-10-30.
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Books by This Author

Hybrid: The transformation of a cross cultural people pleaser
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,090. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A self-deprecating and poignant memoir about an Armenian-Danish girl who grew up searching for her identity. Initially motivated by fear she progresses to people pleasing that creeps into control, until her life unravels. When she finally embraces her hybrid history, lives out the faith she never let go of, and engages in relationships with truth, she begins to understand why she is who she is.