Interview with Melissa Denise Steele

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I am busy with my studies. As an English major, I am always very busy. I also like to spend time with my family. My husband and son keep me occupied.
What is your writing process?
I usually come up with a topic and spend a lot of time researching before I even begin to write. I have never been able to schedule time to write, since my schedule is extremely busy. I have a habit of carrying a digital recorder and I simply record my thoughts as they come. When I get the moment, I add them to my book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Cujo by Stephen King. That was the best book I ever read and it inspired me to write more. I always wanted to follow in Stephen King's footsteps, but never could write horror.
How do you approach cover design?
I think the cover should sum up your book. Too often people judge a book by its cover and I would like mine to speak positively of the book. I search for an image that speaks to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Nexus 7
Describe your desk
My desk is actually my bed. I feel more comfort and find more inspiration in bed with my laptop.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 1st grade. My first poem was about the sky. I've been writing ever since. My first book was a collection of poetry.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book in progress is about living to work. It was inspired by my yearning to write full time and being shackled down by the bills that had to be paid every month. The need to pay for the necessities forced me to work a job that does not fulfill me instead of living my dream everyday.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My husband and son are my motivation.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is seeing my name on something that I spent so much time researching and writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything to me. I write for others to read. Without them, I might as well just stock all of my writing away in a box.
Published 2013-10-20.
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