Interview with Melyssa Winchester

What motivated you to become an indie author?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been writing. It started as a young child and by the time I was 15 I was writing fan fiction as a way to get the ideas out of my head and on paper. Almost twenty years and a whole lot of stories and fan fiction later, I decided it was time to share my love of writing with the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy that I get from writing is seeing the world that until that time has been only in my head, come to life. Seeing these characters walking, talking and experiencing the ups and downs of life is a powerful thing. it brings me great joy to see that come to fruition.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Taking this chance and self publishing the way I am is because of my fans. People that want nothing more then for me to live my life long dream. Without them in my life, I may get by but I wouldn't be the same person or even the same writer I believe I am now.
What are you working on next?
I've currently got two projects on the go! The second book in the Love United Series, following right along after the first one, and a separate stand alone title.
Who are your favorite authors?
Such a hard question as I am a fan of the written word as it pertains to any author and genre but if I have to narrow it down, my biggest influences up to this point have been Janet Evanovich, Abbi Glines, Jessica Sorensen and Tammara Webber.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The start of a new day and all that can be experienced in it. Then on the days where that isn't enough my children do it. Nothing is as beautiful as experiencing life through the eyes of a child.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
School appointments and events with my four children. That keeps me busier then you can ever believe. When I'm not with them, I'm reading or catching up with shows I've missed or having DVD marathons of Supernatural and Veronica Mars.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth is a big one for me. I watch and talk about what my friends read and they pass along new titles for me to try and when that doesn't work, Twitter and Facebook are phenomenal tools for authors and I find a lot of them that way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely! I think I remember it so easily because it was just so unbelievable. I had quite the imagination back then and I think that no matter how old I get, I will never forget that story. if for no other reason then the pure entertainment value from its craziness.
What is your writing process?
I tend to spend a great amount of time plotting before I write my story. I focus on the definite things I want to happen within the story and then I let my characters take me from there. That is about the only process I have. Though I am learning that sometimes, all the plotting in the world won't do a bit of good if its not something the characters you've created can work with.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the very first story I ever read but I do remember the book that I read and was impacted the most by. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb affected me deeply. I'm already an emotional person anyway and that book pulled at my heartstrings and made me open up even more. To this day it impacts me, no matter how many times I go back and read it. I think it always will.
How do you approach cover design?
I approached it with my first novel in a very do-it-yourself way. I wanted to try it for myself to see if it worked for me. I enjoyed it but I would not be against hiring someone in the future. I think the cover of your novel is extremely important and in the end needs to convey at least some part of your story within it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything and everything for pleasure. I've read Dummies books just for the knowledge factor. Non fiction as well as fiction are important to me. I find myself reading more romance then anything else lately though but that might have more to do with me being a hopeless romantic then anything else. I will forever be a fan of a great love story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPhone or iPad. I can have all the apps for all the various companies on it and it reads like a dream. Sometimes though I will revert back and use my Kobo Arc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I think it influences my writing only in the way that it makes me want to branch out of the big city comfort zone that I know and write a smaller town. I'm not the biggest fan of the big city lifestyle.
Published 2013-11-16.
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Books by This Author

Heroine
Series: Black & Blue. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 127,600. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Sports
Every story, whether real or imagined, needs a hero. But what happens when the hero isn’t strong enough to fight? He tags in a partner. A Heroine.
Into the Blue
Series: Black & Blue, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,550. Language: American English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two sisters, separated by a lie spanning twenty-five years, are finally brought together again. Embarking on the most incredible love story with two unlikely wrestlers looking for more than what life on the road provides them, in the process.
Shades of Blue
Series: Black & Blue, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,300. Language: American English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Sports
Two sisters, separated by a lie spanning twenty-five years, are finally brought together again, embarking on the most incredible love story with two unlikely wrestlers looking for more than what life on the road provides them, in the process.
What Lies Beneath
Series: Count On Me. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,070. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
“Look forward.” They say. “Focus on what comes next. Not on what came before.” I want to do that. I just can’t. Not until I find that book, hand it over, and make Isabelle see that even when things were at their bleakest, she was there. Make her understand that she’s always been with me. Right from the very start. Every happy ending has a beginning... This is ours.
Remembering Sunday
Series: The Graysons. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 125,790. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Daughter. Sister. Best Friend. Quiet girl with a heart of gold. My name is Reagan Carter, and this—what you see above—is my life. At least it was until Cole showed up, making me question everything I’ve ever known. Blowing life as I know it wide open. Reagan Carter is dead. And now it’s up to me to remember Sunday.
The Space In Between
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,090. Language: American English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
For as long as I can remember, the only wish I've ever had is for a father. So when my mom starts seeing this new mystery man, there's a part of me that believes my dream is finally going to come true. At least until I learn the truth. My mom's mystery man isn't such a mystery after all. He's my boyfriend Christian's father. And life as I know it, will never be the same again.
My Heaven (Holding On To Heaven)
Series: Love United. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,800. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
**Original Plotted Ending to Holding On To Heaven** Serenity Richards has always believed she knew the ending to her story, but what she’s about to soon learn is that sometimes, picture perfect is only an illusion. With every ending comes a new beginning. One that may be even better than the one previously written.
Absence Of Light: Ryan's Story
Series: Before The Light, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,300. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Everyone has a story, a life lived before a person or event comes along, leaving their mark on it and changing it forever. This is his story. The story of Ryan before Serenity. And the story that years later that threatens to leave him living in a world without the one thing he desperately needs. The light.
Unbroken
Series: Count On Me, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,710. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
For two years, Ryder Kane has been determined to be what the rest of the world needs him to be and not himself. It's kept him running, swallowing his true self down until he doesn't even recognize himself anymore. Until one chance meeting in a conference room changes everything, making him question everything he's ever believed. Isaac Crawford, the untouched, is creating the unbroken.
Here & Now
Series: Count On Me, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,940. Language: American English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Dillon Murphy has everything he could ever want. A promising football career with the girl of his dreams by his side. Life couldn't get any more perfect if he tried. Until the unthinkable happens and he's forced to make choices that could cost him everything. He's in the fight of his life and if you know anything about Dillon Murphy, you know he doesn't plan to lose.
All My Heart
Series: Count On Me, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,620. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
She thinks I’m the strong one. That I’m not afraid of anything. She’s wrong. I’m afraid of a lot of things, but the absolute worst is losing her. Losing yet another person I love and being powerless to stop it. I can’t lose Belle. I just can’t. Even if losing her is exactly what I deserve. You thought our story was complete, but what you’re about to find out, is no story ever really ends.
Take Me With You
Series: Count On Me, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,160. Language: American English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Numbers. They’re significant. In my life each one meaning more than the one before it. Seven years. Two thousand, five hundred and fifty five days. That’s how long it’s been since I learned I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Five years. One thousand, seven hundred and twenty days. How long I’ve been in therapy because of it. One chance meeting and my life has been altered forever.
Hear Me Now
Series: Count On Me, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,600. Language: American English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
There are people that believe because you may not appear the way they do that you’re somehow weaker or less worthy than they are. I’m living proof they’re wrong. From the day I was born I've always been seen as one thing—deaf. I’m more than just the girl that can’t hear and I've never been more determined to prove it now that I've been sent here. Wexfield High School.
Hold Onto Me (Michael's Story)
Series: Before The Light, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,240. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Before the events in the Love United Series, the angels had their own experiences and trials. This is Michael's. The beloved bond is as old as time, created by the Almighty himself. Up until now it has been nothing but fable, but as Michael is quickly learning, it is so much more than that. This is the moment where a ball of light and an archangel collide.
A Light In The Dark
Series: Love United, Book 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,450. Language: American English. Published: April 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Graham Hudson has always been meant for one person. Serenity Richards. So what happens when his soulmate, the girl he spent the last seven years head over heels in love with, marries another? He does the one thing he’s been fighting all along. He embraces the darkness.
Count On Me
Series: Count On Me, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,100. Language: American English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
There are people that tell you high school is the best time of your life. They lied. High school is horrible when you're like me. They think that because I don't talk and I'm in my own little world, I'm stupid or deaf. Some think I'm retarded. Just because I've got these issues, doesn't mean it's all I am. There's a lot more to me, but no one takes the time to get to know it. Until Kayden.
Stairway To Heaven
Series: Love United, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,190. Language: American English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
The unthinkable has been done and Lucifer’s reign has finally come to an end. The world is back to the way God imagined it to be and with that, true peace, above and below has been achieved. There’s only one problem. If everything is the way it’s meant to be, why do things still appear broken?
Wanted
Series: Love United, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,200. Language: American English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Serenity has disappeared and after months of being unable to determine just where she is, her true location is revealed, bringing not only the angels but Ryan and Graham together again in an effort to bring her back home where she belongs. Can they succeed or is Serenity truly lost to them all forever?
No Surrender
Series: Love United, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 99,050. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
I thought I'd been through the worst of it. That what happened in Green Haven was the end and my destiny reached. I couldn't have been more wrong. There is a part of me missing and until I find it and bring it back where it deserves to be I’m afraid I might never be right again. I will find Graham and bring him home or I will give up the very light that burns inside of me trying…
Holding On To Heaven
Series: Love United, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 88,940. Language: American English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Serenity has always known she was different. Being able to speak to the dead will have that effect on a person. All she's ever wanted was to be normal and now as she prepares herself for her sophomore year of college, she's getting her chance. Or so she believes. It's too bad her destiny has other plans.