Interview with Melanie Conty

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm pretty independent and want to get my work out there as quickly as possible. With the Internet, we don't have to rely on paper publishers judging our work and deciding if it's worthy to publish. Let the readers decide! This changes the entire face of literature and publishing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I just recently joined but love that it sends my books out to so many distributors. And it's free, how nice!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having written.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have two dogs who are like my kids. I also love to work out at the gym. And I'm an Internet junkie, surfing and reading everything I can.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep! In 1977 I was nine years old and wrote a book. I don't remember how long it was, maybe 150 pages, about a young woman named Donna Stone making her way in New York City. I typed it all up on my typewriter and gave it to my mom, who worked for a publishing house. They would not consider it because they had a policy against publishing employee work. They didn't believe I wrote it, they thought she did. I wish we had sent it around to other publishers. It's long gone, lost in many moves. But I may attempt it again, the same story.
What is your writing process?
Well I have journalism training and experience, so I sit down and bang things out. I don't get writer's block and don't need total quiet to concentrate. I can write in the middle of a party. So there's not really a process. Lots of coffee, maybe a good night's sleep. The house has to be clean but that's about it.
How do you approach cover design?
My husband is a graphic designer so he makes all my covers. Love him.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't have a lot of patience for fiction, I tend to skip pages looking for the action. So I read crime stories, drama, newspapers, how-to's, textbooks, and that kind of thing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love to read on my iPad.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember.
Published 2015-02-24.
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