Interview with Melinda Dozier

May 23, 2013 Feature, Interview 0

TCEBannerBookTourPlease tell the readers about yourself and the books you write?

I’ve lived in Guatemala, Central America with my husband for over fifteen years and teach middle school at an American school. When I’m not teaching, mothering and “wifeing,” I spend my time writing contemporary spicy romance. I’ve always been a romance reader and that is my passion. Writing started out as a hobby and quickly became a need.

Tell us about your latest book.  LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?           

Time Changes Everything is a friends-to-lovers story between Jake and Amanda. They grew up together in Louisiana, but when they reunite in NYC, both big shot professionals, their childhood crushes turn into something steamier.

I’m happy to announce that I have an upcoming novel with Crimson Romance titled Breaking the Rules. This will be released later this year.

What inspired you to write Time Changes Everything?

Time Changes Everything came to me in my dreams. I have no idea why or how, but Jake and Amanda spoke to me. I had a lot of fun, because I have no idea what it’s like to be a lawyer or fashion buyer. Also, I’ve never been to NYC. I guess I just wrote what I like to read.

How do you describe your writing style?

I have no clear writing style. I’m a pantster – which means I just write without planning. Most of my ideas come to me in my dreams and before I forget them, I type them up on the computer. No outlining, no planning – just outright “get it down now!” As I write more, I’m learning to outline and plan the stories, but I find that no matter how much outlining I do, the story changes in the end.

When writing who is in charge you or your characters? How do you deal with bossy characters?

My characters are definitely in charge. They actually scream to me! In fact, with Jake and Amanda, I had to take a little hiatus since I was raising a baby – that keeps you busy, you know? Amanda and Jake screamed to me for months that they wanted their happily ever after. Thank God I finally listened to them and finished Time Changes Everything last year.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

Time is not on my side. I do have a day job, plus an active family of three boys, so finding the time to sit and write is difficult. My family has come to learn that Saturdays are writing days for me and when I have deadlines, they must live on pizza or beans and rice for a few weeks.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

The most surprising thing I learned is that I can actually do it! I’ve always read and one day I told myself to try it. I never thought others would want to read my work! I’m happy being a writer and love what I do.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Dedicate a time to write and stick with it. Rejections are hard but a part of the profession. You have to have thick skin, but know in the end it pays off!

Now for a fun question, what is in your TBR pile?

I love this question! As I said, I am a reader. My TBR pile is humongous. Sylvia Day’s Bared to You is next on my list. Can’t wait to meet this famous Gideon!  

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was your family and friends supportive?

I’ve always written since I was a teen, but I knew last year that I wanted to make this a serious part of my life. I enjoy it too much just to let it be a hobby. My family and friends are supportive, of course. Actually, if it wasn’t for my husband’s continual push, I wouldn’t have made it this far.

Who (if anyone) has been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

My favorite authors have been my inspiration. This includes: Jill Shalvis, Shannon Stacey, Susan Mallery and Ruthie Knox.

What are you currently working on? Anything you can share regarding your current Work in Progress?

I have a few WIPs (see, those characters won’t stop screaming!). I have a novella in the works for a romance anthology with three other wonderful writers and a spinoff from Time Changes Everything, called New York Minute. Hopefully you will see these two out next year.

Don’t forget to give us links to your website etc.

I love to hear from readers. You can find me at www.melindadozier.com or my blog http://melindadozier.blogspot.com. I’m also addicted to twitter so find me at www.twitter.com/melindadozer.
Thanks for having me!

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