Interview with Melynda Daugherty

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I get from writing is the opportunity to live in a world that I create with people that I would like socializing with. In other words, I get to live in my daydreams and nightmares while sharing them with others. When I write it allows me to deal with real life things in a manner that others can relate to. My poetry is a means of expressing my feelings without saying them out loud and it allows me to vent the feelings that I don't like telling others about.
Describe your desk
My desk is not a desk at all. It is many places. In short, it is anywhere that I can set up my laptop or use my trusty pen and paper. For example, I would prefer to be sitting outside right now; however, the weather is a bit cold for that. Right now, my laptop is sitting on an old school desk beside my bed. Later it will likely be on the coffee table while I enjoy a movie. Anywhere and everywhere meaning that I don't really have a specific desk set up.
What is your writing process?
I find my method to be unusual compared to what others say you should do. I write only when I feel like it and/or an idea evolves. I do not force myself to write. I sit down and write my through the story. I typically don't write out the plot or do an outline because my brain will tell me what is meant to happen next not some notes I made in the beginning. Besides, I sometimes get an idea for a twist or revelation that would not have been in my plot line and yet changes the story somewhat.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I don't think where I grew up influenced my writing much. I have been more influenced by the small towns I have lived in. They hold a certain amount of intrigue because everyone knows everyone and an outsider has a hard time fitting in. Also, small towns are more easily shocked when things happen than bigger cities.

The Fountain doesn't really have the small town for its backdrop and neither does the next one I plan to put here but these were written before I decided to employ the small town life in writing.
When did you first start writing?
The first thing that I wrote (that was not required for a class) was written by a friend and I in school. One day I started writing and asked her to look at it. Billie gave it back to me and said, "What if this happened next?" So, I handed her the notebook and told her to write some. We went back and forth like this for several days. It was an extremely rough draft. I mean, we were in junior high and handing between two of us and then each writing parts made for a somewhat jagged story line but I think would be the first thing I wrote.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, enjoying nature, spending time with my kids, supporting local music groups, and, of course, we can't get away from housework.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have several that come from different genres. Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, James Patterson, and John Grisham
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1.) The Unabridged Works of Edgar Allan Poe because he is one of my favorite authors.

2.) To Kill a Mockingbird because something about it just stuck with me throughout time.

3.) The Diary of Anne Frank because this led to me discovering the part of history I love reading about.

4.) A Little Princess because it shows how a person can choose to view their surroundings in a creative manner much like a writer does.

5.) Night Things because it is a reminder that there are explainable things that occur. It also serves as a reminder of a friend. (R.I.P. Adam)
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I am working on now is the third in a series so I think I would rather focus on the next one I plan to release here. The next one is called Just Her Luck. The opening sequence or "bar scene" that opens this book is something that really happened to me. Well, minus the cut in the palm. But the fight, the words spoken, and such are real. I wrote it originally as a short story but when I went back several years later and read it, I decided it could be more. It slowly developed into a book that told more of a story than the short story ever did.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, a fear of rejection. Sure, I can still be rejected in the sense that no one buys my books but I don't have to see the letter that says no. Also, too many publishers look for the next big name. You know, the kind where the author's name is more important than the title of the book? I think the fact that I am in charge of what gets published and what doesn't is another big factor with me. I know what I like to read so that's what I try to write. I must admit that I wouldn't want someone coming in changing all of the conversation pieces. Mine are written the way I hear people talk so they are not always in proper English and sometimes use words that aren't in a dictionary. I keep control by using Indie publishing.
Published 2014-03-29.
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Books by This Author

Just Her Luck
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,080. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Kiley is dating Hunter, a man that she chased for several years before he agreed to a relationship. When Kiley runs into some old friends Hunter's jealousy shows through and pushes her into the arms of Zak. As Hunter realizes that he is losing Kiley, he starts stalking her and eventually confronts her in hopes of getting her back. He refuses to let her move on and be happy instilling fear in her.
The Fountain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,860. Language: American English. Published: August 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Moving to a new house in a new place should make Madison happy but she soon finds that an angry spirit has made it his goal to destroy her. Besides dealing with the entity she must deal with the man she left behind and the scars she has carried since she was a teenager. Can she find the peace that she is so desperate for?