Melissa Ecker Interview & Giveaway

December 7, 2010 Feature, Giveaway, Interview 0

Hello Melissa Ecker. Thank you to taking the time to stop by. I am honored to have you here.

To start would you mind telling the readers a little about yourself?

First, thank you for having me, Marissa. About me? Well, I wear lots of hats. I’m a wife and a mom, a freelance paralegal and copy editor and a writer. I’m originally from Southern California and relocated to Central Arkansas in 2008. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love good coffee and deep conversations.

What can you tell us about your erotic series, Seduction in Memory Grove?

Seduction in Memory Grove consists of three novellas Pull the Trigger, Mount Up and Feed the Fire. These are the stories of three very different women living in this small Arkansas town. My goal was to embody their romantic relationships and the impact that love has on their lives and their individual struggles to achieve their happily-ever-afters.

Do you have a favorite character from any of the novellas in the Seduction in Memory Grove series?

Olivia Andrews in Feed the Fire is near and dear to my heart. Mainly because she had more obstacles to overcome and I found myself really cheering for her.

You are an author with Turquoise Morning Press and Lazy Day Publishing, what can we expect from you with each publishing house?

With LazyDay Publishing, I have the Seduction in Memory Grove Series releasing December 1, 2010. I am currently working on Taken in Texas which is part of the Deep in the Heat of Texas anthology that I’m co-authoring with fellow Lazy Day authors, Amy le Blanc and Alta Hensley. This is scheduled for a February 14, 2011 release. With Turquoise Morning Press, Giving Up the Ghost will release in print on April 25, 2011 and I’m in the process of writing Murder in Romance which is schedule for an August 2011 release.

You have a couple of upcoming releases, such as Taken in Texas (release February 14, 2011), and Giving Up The Ghost (release April 25, 2011) what can you tell us about them?

Taken in Texas is the anthology I mentioned above. It is the story of one of three friends who spend two weeks on a Dude Ranch in Texas for the full cowboy experience. Lots of hot fun! Giving Up the Ghost is a paranormal romance novel about a young woman who is haunted by a not-so-nice entity while trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. This is a ghostly story about love, loss, courage and finding love again all in the face of adversity.

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

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. With work, school and family responsibilities, it was very difficult to find the time. Now that I’m doing freelance work part-time, I’ve been able to pursue my passion. My family and friends have always been supportive and the outpouring of encouragement now has been overwhelming. I couldn’t ask for a better network.

Who inspired you the most to follow your dreams of being a writer?

Wow, that’s a tough question. So many people have inspired me in different ways and at different times in my life, I don’t think I can pinpoint just one. I owe so much to my family and friends but I would like to give a special thank you to my husband. Without his support, I definitely wouldn’t be able to do what I love.

What is the writing process like for you? Do you have a particular writing process or any writing rituals?

I’m a plotter initially but I always allow the characters and story to lead me, even if they take a different route than I charted. While I’m writing I have to have a cup of coffee on my desk and socks on my feet. I know that’s odd, but I just can’t write barefoot. I have no explanation for it.

In your free time what can you be found doing?

I love reading and writing, obviously. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love playing board games with my 12 year old daughter, Emily.

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

I’m currently writing Taken in Texas which we talked about above and I’m also working on Murder in Romance, a paranormal romance novel slated for an August 2011 release with Turquoise Morning Press.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

I would like to mention that I’m so excited to be attending the Authors After Dark conference in Philadelphia next summer and am looking forward to meeting all the readers and authors and friends I’ve met on Twitter who will also be attending. Thanks again, Marissa. It’s always a pleasure chatting with you!

Please leave a question for Melissa in the comment section to be entered to win a ebook copy of Pull The Trigger. REMEMBER TO INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Contest ends December 10 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced December 11th.

No Responses to “Melissa Ecker Interview & Giveaway”

  1. RK Charron

    Hi Melissa 🙂
    Thank you for the indepth interview.
    I hadn’t heard of Authors After Dark conference before. It sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing here today.
    All the best,

  2. Kelly M

    Hi Melissa (and Marissa)…..
    just wanted you to know that I just found out about you yesterday and put you on my must read list…. I think I might be in love with your boys…
    okay question time…. Who is the most challenging character to write??

    so can’t wait to read!!!!!

    Kelly M

  3. Melissa Ecker

    RK, Mags & Kelly,

    Thanks for stopping by and reading my interview and I’m glad you all enjoyed it!

    Kelly – I hope you do love my boys! Lord knows I do! 😉 As for my most challenging character…if I narrow it down to the Seduction in Memory Grove series, I have to say Olivia Andrews in Feed the Fire. Her character was so emotionally wrenching to write but it made her victories that much sweeter!

  4. Estella

    Did you get to go to a dude ranch to research Taken In Texas?

    Your books sound like great reads!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  5. Melissa Ecker

    Thank you, Estella! No, I didn’t get to visit a dude ranch to research Taken in Texas. I had to settle for Google search and following dude ranches on Twitter! It’s definitely on my bucket list, though!

  6. Jasmine1485

    Wow, those covers are certainly eye-catching 🙂 I especially like the sound of the Giving Up the Ghost, I’m a big fan of paranormal romances and drama – do you think you’ll write more paranormal novels in the future?

    Kate1485 at

  7. Melissa Ecker

    Hi Jasmine,

    I definitely have plans to write more paranormal. I have such affection for things that go bump in the night. I’m in the process of writing another paranormal, Murder in Romance, that I’m really enjoying. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!


  8. Melissa Ecker

    Hi Andrea,

    Thanks for stopping in and saying hello. I’m happy you enjoyed the interview. Marissa always does a fantastic job and I love hanging out with her.


  9. The Book Pimp Blogs

    Thanks for the great interview. I’ve seen alot on twitter about your books and all good reviews, so I would love a chance to win a copy.

    When you are trying to sell your books, do you submit to multiple publishers at the same time and if so have you ever had a bidding war for your stories?

  10. Melissa Ecker

    Dear Book Pimp Blogs,

    Marissa always does a fantastic job with interviews. I was so happy to be featured here!

    This particular series was written for a specific editor so I didn’t sub it to anyone else. Giving Up the Ghost was a multiple submission and I did receive competing offers on that manuscript. It’s not easy to make a decision in that case but it is flattering nonetheless!

    Thanks for stopping in and reading my interview!


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