It seems like my life is an open book, but I’m sure there’s a lot the “average reader “doesn’t know. I’ll share a few things. Although I speak to groups and can come across as an extrovert, I’m really an introvert and tend to be a bit of a hermit—sometimes (other than walking) I don’t leave my house for days at a time. I live in the woods with deer, squirrels, rabbits, birds, raccoons etc. for “neighbors.” I’ve been happily married for more than 35 years—which still surprises me because it seems like it wasn’t that long ago we got married.
Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
With both reading and writing, fiction remains my favorite, but I tend to bounce around the genres a lot. I enjoy suspense or historical sometimes, but if I had to just pick one genre, it would probably be contemporary women’s stories.
Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
Something I incorporated into my writing style long ago (when the demands of live and kids and a fulltime job made it nearly impossible to spend very much time writing) was to write very quickly. I learned to just plow through the story with minimal self-editing. Then I’d go back after the project was finished and edit. It’s much easier to edit a fully executed story than one that it’s in process.
5 things you love?
By “things” I assume you don’t mean people or God or even pets.... So I’ll limit myself to “things.” I love a nice walk in the woods, a crackling fireplace, a fresh brewed cup of coffee, a captivating book, an old movie.
What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?
I didn’t read it recently, but because I was just recommending it yesterday, it’s fresh in my mind. The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
My website is melodycarlson.com
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