Interview with Minnette Meador

What is your writing process?
I come up with a general "What if..." scenario first. Sometimes ideas come in my dreams, sometimes when I'm walking, sometimes from the news, but always smacking me in the brain when I least expect it. Once I have the idea I spend hours just thinking it through; characters, places, situations, etc. I open a Notebook program file for each book and establish the characters, general synopsis, hero's journey and start to put together the chapters. Then I just write and write and write and then write some more. Then I edit about a million times then a few more times for good measure.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first full book I ever read was Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. I LOVED that book! It was the first time I actually read a book on my own and I said to myself, "This is what I want to do."
How do you approach cover design?
Fortunately, I have a wonderful artist, Derrick Freeland, who does my covers. He usually reads the book and then I send him scenes that I'd like to see. We talk about them, he does some sketches and we decides which one is best. He is a genius with design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tom Sawyer, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Great Expectations, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, not necessarily in that order. Twain and Dickens were masters of the English language, each from their own perspective and cultures; Adams and Robinson are two of the funniest men alive, and Bradbury... well, he's just a genius, what can I say?
What do you read for pleasure?
Secret passion are Nero Wolf books by Rex Stout... I've read everyone many times.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Kindle HD most, but I like just about any of them. I use my phone to read a lot as well.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth is probably the best promotion tool. Getting to know your readers and what they like is really helpful. I also do on-line tours and lots of book signings.
Describe your desk
Buried under a mountain of "stuff." My bed is usually my desk these days.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Portland, Oregon is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. We are 1 hour from the mountains, 1 hour from the beach, and minutes from some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in the world. Green, green, green. There is something magical about the Pacific Northwest and I've been honored to write about Portland in many of my books.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 8 I penned a great screen play for Startrek that I knew was going to be a hit. It didn't go far, but I was hooked and never looked back.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am working on 3 books right now: Phantom Hearts the 2nd in the Ghost Series, Wy'East a new urban fantasy thriller, and The Pirate Prince, the 4th book in my Centurion Series. See blurbs below:

The Egyptian Pirate - Hasani has a reputation to uphold as the world's greatest pirate; but that's hard to do when you're wasting away in a Syrian jail for making love to one of the Parthian king's daughters. For the first time in his life his luck has run out and he faces the very real possibility of losing his head for good this time. When a mysterious woman shows up and helps him escape, he falls in love for the first time. The problem is... she is taken prisoner and swept away to Egypt, the last place he wants to be. Will he risk his life and riches to save her or follow old habits and simply walk away. There is something about this girl...

*Phantom Hearts - Book II in the Ghost Series. Dyna is having a bad day... a really bad day. Her house is now filled with ghosts, the neighborhood association is trying to get her evicted, and she just found out she's pregnant with a demon child. To top everything off, a handsome cop thinks he can make it go away, but all he is doing is making it worse! What's a girl to do?

*Haunted Hearts - Book III in the Ghost Series. He's suave, he's debonaire, he can say or do no wrong, the ladies love him, and life couldn't be any sweeter. That is until he finds out he's the devil's love child and strange things start happening around him. Enter a sexy, snoopy female reporter who not only seems immune to his charms but does everything she can to double his trouble. He simply can't resist her and that's where the fun begins. Will he fight the evil deeds blooming in his head or will he finally succumb to his father's wishes and "join" the family business. Only a crazy girl knows... and she's not talking.

Wy'East - Urban Fantasy Thriller - When a mysterious billionaire blackmails Dr. Jason Marvelo to treat a woman who has lost her mind and her memory, it takes them on a journey into the wilderness that none of them may survive. What exists on the mountain that only a lunatic can destroy?
Published 2014-05-23.
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Books by This Author

Starsight Volume II
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,140. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
STARSIGHT VOL. II - BOOKS III & IV – War ravishes the Imperium, held together by the valor of ancient warriors and the devotion of the empire’s elite. Trenara no longer trusts the power that has turned the boy she once loved into a man she no longer understands.
Starsight Volume I
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,150. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Trenara never thought she would have to guide a student she loved to become a messiah, but it is the only way this second trial Starguider can salvage her world.