Please welcome Melissa to the blog today and join me in showing your appreciation by reading her replies to my guest author questions.
Hi Rosie! This is a brilliant idea.
Here are my answers.
1) Tell me your name
M.L. LeGette, but feel free to call me Melissa.
2) Where do you live?
Washington, GA, USA. It’s a little town.
3)When did you start writing?
I can’t say for sure what my exact age was, but I’m pretty sure I was 6-9 when I started writing for fun.
4)What type of books do you like writing the most?
Fantasy. Fantasy is my comfort zone. Fantasy has always been my favourite to read. I love creating kingdoms and countries with old-world England vibe. I write what I love to read, which would generally fit under the children to YA categories.
5)Pass on 3 tips about writing or publishing.
- Revise. Multiple times. Rewriting your work is the best way to improve. It’s hard and at times super annoying, but spending time revising helps you and your story tremendously. Think of it as rehearsal for the concert. If you don’t practice for the big opening night, do you expect to do well? Of course not! So why not treat your book with the same respect.
- Though it is tempting, I don’t recommend choosing to write a topic only because it is the hip genre and getting lots of buzz. Most likely you will always be behind and on the downward slope of the craze. Instead, write the story that is in your brain and in your heart, even if it’s off-key with mainstream fiction. And if that story happens to be dystopian (for example) then you get an added bonus!
- It’s important to listen to what critiques and readers say about your work — it’s another way to improve. Sometimes you won’t like what you hear, but try to listen. However, ‘listen’ does not mean ‘do’. Writers always have the final say. We rule the universe we’ve created. Follow your gut feeling and your voice, but keep your ears open to reactions and thoughts. You’ll find some of them to be glistening lumps of gold.
6)What was the last book that you read? How would you rate it?
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It’s a brilliantly fun book. Without a doubt 5 stars.
7)Now choose just one of your books and add a link to it.
Thank you so much for making this feature available! It was great fun!
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