I come from a family of five siblings, being the “baby” and quite a bit younger I learned to entertain myself. I had a wild imagination and kept my family entertained. My mother is an accomplished writer of poetry. Her love of books inspired me, more so, later in my life. A few years ago, the love of cycling bloomed again and on my many 40 miles plus a day rides and soaking in the nature I would listen to music and through music, stories would be created. Finally, one day I decided to hand write this story, with exploded into a novel, then the sequel soon to follow.
If you could go anywhere in the world to live, where would you go and why? Describe your residence once you get there:
Well, our dream, my husband of 35 years and I, would like to purchase a sailboat and cruise around the world. So, I would describe our residence as a vessel, hopefully, 35 ft long and the world is our decor.
Do you have a muse or a person who inspires you to write? Tell us about them:
I really don’t have a muse per say, but I do have a person that encourages me to keep going. She is high spirit and when I first met her, I didn’t like her very much. I thought she was too chipper, too rah-rah sis-boom bah for me. But over the short time I’ve come to know her, she was just what I needed in my life. I love her so much and I suppose she is my muse. She reads my work and tells me if it’s good, if something doesn’t work, she lets me know.
Of all the books you have written, tell us about your favorite one and why it was your favorite:
Well, I have only written two. The first book took me four years to write, from conception to final print. But the sequel I think is my favorite. I often wonder if I should release it first.
What book are you working on right now? Do you have a release date you can share with us?
Beautifully Kept Secrets I’m hoping to release it by the end of February
Other than writing, what else are you passionate about?
Camping is one passion, I have grown up camping with my family. Now I continue with my own family. Biking the Greenway and entering local organized bike rides of either, 100, 65, or 35 miles.
What have you found to be the most difficult part of being an author?
Editing and promoting. Neither areas do I excel in.
We want to come visit your library. What books might we find on your shelves that we wouldn’t expect to find?
The Twilight Series, Game of Thrones, and every one of Richard Paul Evan’s book. Oh, and firefighters manuals.
If money were no object, what philanthropic contributions would you make and why?
I would contribute to Thorn, Ashton Kutcher’s organization of Sex Trafficking also Ian’s Sommerhalder’s Foundation, to sustain the Earth through better eco ways.
Tell us about your most memorable moment as an author:
When someone I knew but didn’t tell about my book asked me about it. She caught me off guard. I was walking under the sally-port getting ready to go to work. She told another person beside her that he could get my book on Barnes and Noble.
Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert? Why?
Introvert. I don’t like bragging about myself, it embarrasses me. I find it hard to talk to people, now if I can write to them then I don’t know when to shut-up.
You’ve got a whole weekend to do whatever you want to do, how are you going to spend it?
Reading the many books, I’ve bought but hadn’t had the time to read them or watch romantic movies. And of course, write. I love to hike and walk our Heeler, Bleu Boy.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
Keep going and just write what you want. The rest will figure itself out.
The sky is the limit…tell us anything else you would like to tell us…
Every young writer dream of writing the next big hit and when that doesn’t happen it can be disheartening. But learn your craft. It comes with hard work and sometimes it doesn’t turn out like you hoped. I’m included in those young writers. Still hoping for some success. I don’t have the time like full-time writers do, but I do what I can, when I can. I still love to write and if it is still fun for me, I will continue. In just the two books I have written, I can see drastic improvements from the first book to the second. But I still love the first story, it’s what gave me the drive and creative juices flowing that I didn’t know I had in me. The business side of promotion and different websites still is so new to me and very hard for me to navigate. If I could afford to pay someone to do all that business side for me I would, if I had monetary fortitude.
I believe in my stories, first Beautifully in Over My Head: Lyssa Forbes had years of guilt and pain wearing on her soul, desperately wanting to keep damaged heart locked away, only to be uncovered by the one man that owned the key. Ian St. James, CEO of his Foundation for awareness to Alternative Fuel, has had his own share of pain, uncovered by a sweet and innocent creature, tougher than nails and a love just as sharp, aimed straight for his heart. Lyssa’s compelled to tell Ian her dark secret, but trust doesn’t come easily, and it comes with a heavy price. An unassuming love affair pursues, but her past crept into her new life and once again wreaked havoc. In order to find each other, they had to lose where they were to get their direction. Back to each other.
Second Novel. Beautifully Kept Secrets: Lyssa Forbes life finally seemed to be on the right track. Ready to start a new life with Ian St. James. But the ghost of her past materializes to wreak havoc and chaos. Ian St. James, her reason for existing and Ronan Crane, join forces to take back what is theirs A search through the sub terrain underground of New York City, leads them on a chase for her life. Ronan’s own secretive past draws him back into the underground world of secret agents. This time the clock is ticking to save Lyssa and the secret she holds.
Where can readers find you? Please list your social media, website, and other links you’d like to share below:
Facebook- Melissa Manship Author
Barnes and Nobles
Beautifullyme.godaddysites.com-working on this site now, but will be up soon E-mail Resecup5@comcast.net
Twitter- Melissa manship@resecup5