Melissa Alvarez, is an award winning author, graphic artist, website designer and holds a BA degree from Virginia Tech. She writes nonfiction under her real name and fiction under the pen name Ariana Dupré. Melissa has always been an entrepreneur and owns successful businesses with her husband. Melissa became involved in the publishing industry in 2000 when she formed New Age Dimensions to self-publish her first book, The Phoenix’s Guide To Self-Renewal, which was released in January 2001. It quickly landed in Amazon.com’s Top 1000 where it stayed until it went out of print. At the time, Melissa was manufacturing the 416-page book in her home and eventually couldn’t keep up with the demand. Melissa says, “The learning process that went with the publication of this book was phenomenal. I jumped into the industry in an unconventional way but it was fun and worthwhile.”
Between March of 2004 and February of 2006, Melissa, founder and CEO, operated New Age Dimensions as a small press. The company had 40 authors and over 70 titles released. During this time Melissa designed the book covers, created the print book layouts and ebook files, designed and maintained websites for the company as well as some of the authors. Melissa had the final decision on contracted books. The company won awards for website design and the books published received numerous five star reviews and won many awards including EPPIE’S, the Oscars of ePublishing.
Because of the industry contacts made when Melissa worked as The Guide To Romance Fiction at About.com, she decided to release her first paranormal romantic suspense novel, Night Visions, under the pen name Ariana Dupré. She wanted the book to stand on its own, to receive good or bad reviews because of the writing, not because she knew a lot of people in the romance industry or because she owned the publishing company. Melissa didn’t want her jobs, past or present, to affect the reviews in any way (good or bad). So she kept Ariana’s real identity a secret until enough reviews came in that she knew the book had indeed earned success on its own. Night Visions became a multiple award winning title.
Melissa’s other paranormal romantic suspense books are a novella titled, Paradise Designs, a full -length novel titled, Talgorian Prophecy (both of which were previously published by Cerridwen Press) and a short stories titled, Talgorian Dragon and Briar Mountain. Melissa has two nonfiction books (that were originally written for and contracted by The Lotus Circle before they went out of business) titled Analyze Your Handwriting and Your Color Power.
In the past, Melissa has also been a regular columnist for Examiner.com as their original Paranormal Examiner, a paranormal columnist for Suite Magazine’s Thirteenth Floor, a writing correspondent for The American Kennel Club, a contest judge, a freelance editor, and she is considered a publishing expert and is listed on a Writer’s Digest Top 100 website as such and has appeared on many radio shows and podcasts in the same capacity. As an internationally renowned clairvoyant advisor, with experience in many different areas of metaphysics and as a paranormal romantic suspense author, Melissa wrote an article about the emergence of the psychic fiction genre for Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine. She has also been published in The Writer’s Net Anthology of Prose, Paranormal Experiences Volume One, New Age Dimensions Holiday Extravaganza, and is quoted or featured in Book Marketing A-Z by Francine Silverman, How To Operate A Successful Pizza & Sub Restaurant by Shri Henkel, Successful Meetings by Shri Henkel and Book Marketing 101 by Nikki Leigh.
Melissa is the founder of International Paranormal Fiction Month, a member of Romance Writer’s of America including the following chapters: PASIC and Florida Romance Writers. She is also a Publishing Expert at Moonspinners Ask the Experts (Writer’s Digest Top 100 Website), a Spirituality & Publishing Expert at BookPromotionNewsletter.com. She owns two paranormal groups at Yahoo.com and is listed in the top ten psychics on BestPsychics.com and on Bob Olsen’s Best Psychic Directory. She is the host of The Reader’s Round Table radio show (currently on hiatus) where she introduced authors to readers and psychic readers to the show’s listeners and co-hosted Celtic Seers Radio Show.
Melissa can speak or write about the following topics:
· The publishing industry – how to get started, self publishing, digital self-publishing, owning a small press, critiquing, manuscript formatting, romance fiction, the submission process, looking at both sides of the industry as a publisher and author, ebooks, psychic fiction, marketing, online promotion and many other topics.
· Metaphysics – clairvoyance, past lives & past life readings, ghosts & hauntings, developing your psychic abilities, spiritual awakenings, spirit guides, empathic abilities, psychometry, telepathy, divination, life paths and lessons, connecting with your higher self, unlocking latent abilities, meditation on the go, crystals, chakras, tarot, pendulums, third eye activation, karma, soul quests, palmistry, elemental spirits, protecting with white light and much more.
Melissa can be reached via email (media @ melissaa.com) or through her websites: http://MelissaA.com, http://APsychicHaven.com, 365WaysToRaiseYourFrequency.com and http://BookCoversGalore.com