Interview with Melissa Stone

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by word of mouth. Half of them are books I've owned paperback copies of and have had to get rid of for various reasons (and books by authors I already read) while the others are books that have been recommended to me by friends and family. There's the odd one that I've found just by poking around on the internet that seems interesting.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The earliest story I can remember writing was about a group of butterfly people. I may or may not revisit it at some point as it wasn't a terrible concept, just very poorly written.
What is your writing process?
I sit down at my computer (or netbook), put on some music, pick my project, and write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that really had an impact on me wasn't the first thing I remember reading. I picked up a copy of 'Dragonflight' by Anne McCaffrey in junior high and was literally floored as it was the first time I'd ever seen dragons written as good characters as opposed to evil ones.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to showcase the primary character of the book in question or something deeply important to the story itself. I don't like showing character faces, but in some cases, like the 'Children of An'katerr' series it can't be helped as there's a webcomic associated with them and their faces are well known to anyone familiar with the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm not fond of this question because I don't have individual favourite books, I have favourite trilogies. In no particular order...

The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
-As I mentioned earlier, this was the first time I'd ever seen dragons written as good and not evil. This series was what eventually set me down the road to writing my Keverynn trilogy.

The Heralds of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey
-There's something about Lackey's writing that I find very compelling and I read this series so many times growing up.

Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn
-The characters in this series are just so vivid and alive to me.

The Witches of Eileanan by Kate Forsyth
-This series got me through a particularly rough patch in my life and I will always enjoy reading it.

The Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
-Even though it's been more years that I really want to admit since I've read these books, I remember checking them out of my local library as a teen and ripping through them and their sequels, completely immersed in the world Brooks created.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read what I write and that's primarily fantasy, though I do toss in a bit of sci-fi for seasoning once in a while.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My trusty iPhone 6. It goes everywhere with me and fits in my pocket. If I have a couple minutes to read while I'm waiting to pick my kids up from school or dance, I can just whip it out and read a few pages.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still finding something that will work, but Facebook seems to be doing the best job so far.
Describe your desk
Utter chaos. No, seriously. When I'm not trying to use my sewing machine, it's usually covered in papers or a variety or cross stitch projects. If I'm really busy, both.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on an air force base just north of Edmonton, Alberta. As such, I'l all too familiar with what small towns are like and I write a lot of those. I was also able to get to libraries and book stores on a fairly regular basis and was able to read about a lot of different things, an opportunity I wouldn't have had had we lived in a more remote area.
Published 2016-03-20.
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Books by This Author

Stars of Destiny Book Three: Shards
Series: Stars of Destiny. You set the price! Words: 38,600. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
After the defeat of Draco and the brief encounter with the mysterious red haired woman, the sehashi gathered in Dionne’s basement to touch bases with each other. Not only did the two teams need to properly introduce themselves, but there was the matter of Knight’s team to deal with.
Children of the Fox
Series: The Children of An'katerr. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 92,420. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Kinrou finds himself once again heading out on the road after receiving some cryptic information from the Fire Lord. This time his journey takes him into the country of Zalityu with the hopes of learning about his past.
Stars of Destiny Book Two: Talismans
Series: Stars of Destiny. You set the price! Words: 36,750. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Allan and Dionne found some papers hidden in the remains of Vulturia’s lair that might hold a clue as to what they’d been up to if only they could translate the writing. Then a new group of enemies shows up demanding that they hand over the scrolls in exchange for the safety of Elysium Valley.
Exile's Song
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 42,260. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Most residents of Keverynn's mainland know Deiwynn eir Valaha as the Silver Dragonlord, ruling over Shu'venath Province with her faithful dragon Llyr. Very few, however, know where this mysterious white skinned woman came from and who her people are.
The Sages of An'katerr
Series: The Children of An'katerr. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 54,580. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A collection of short stories featuring the five Sages, women designated by the Sky Lords as their companions.
Children of the Wolf
Series: The Children of An'katerr. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 66,490. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Meet he Wolf Warriors of Doval and learn how the current team came to be.
Keverynn: Path of the Sorceress
Series: Keverynn Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 114,170. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
After the battle of Arrack-Ley, Kenian found himself taking over as Gold Dragonlord, becoming more involved in the war. He meets back up with Drianna, who tells him about her mission to restore the Sisterhood. At his advice, Drianna journeys to find Ashrinn and Angel. What she learns there will change the course of the war and reshape the destiny of the world.
Stars of Destiny Book One: Light
Series: Stars of Destiny, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 45,850. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Four unsuspecting high school girls discover that they have magical powers and have to defeat a powerful enemy to save their world.
Angels of the Night: Part One
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 103,000. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A war was fought more than a thousand years ago, destroying the forces of darkness, but perhaps they weren't as successful as they thought.
Keverynn: Path of the Warrior
Series: Keverynn Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 135,150. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
It was just another day at work for the crew of the Shrike: informants to interrogate, criminals to arrest, bounties to collect. What should have been an easy capture turned into an extended chase resulting in both ships crashing on an unexplored planet in a remote system. Now the Agents and the criminals they were pursuing are stranded with little chance of being rescued.
Children of the Dragon
Series: The Children of An'katerr. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 104,550. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » General
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Orphaned at a young age and taken in by Telvan’s most notorious bandit gang, Kinrou had no real expectations in life. He knew nothing of his past, nor did he care to. Then, one day, with the death of a Dragon Warrior, everything changed. After a trip to Karath, the capital city of Telvan, he was told about a threat to the peace and that he had been hand picked by the Sky Lords themselve
Beneath the Waves
Price: Free! Words: 6,620. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
An island girl encounters a previously unknown sea faring race and faces the ridicule of the rest of her village.