February is winding down. In my area of the country the temperatures have been far from normal. I'm praying March ends up being cold and snowy. Something we haven't really had yet this winter, which is unusual, but I digress. :)
The new author for today is romance writer, Melanie Snitker. Welcome, Melanie.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to stop by and visit with you, Jodie!
It's my pleasure. So tell us, Melanie, how did you develop a love of story?
I developed a “love of story” when I was little girl. I liked to read and I had a number of television shows I loved to watch. While those all played a part in influencing what I wrote at the time, most of my motivation came about because I felt like something was missing. Either there were episodes that I thought would add to a show, or details that I thought would make a storyline more interesting.
I started filling those voids by making up episodes of Chip N Dale’s Rescue Rangers and later writing a script for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In high school and college, I started reading romance novels and found that wholesome, clean romance was difficult to find. That’s when I decided to start writing them myself and I haven’t looked back since.
Chuckle. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
As far back as I can remember, I wanted three things: To be a stay at home mom, a published author, and a SCUBA diver who studied sharks. I’ve accomplished two of those three and I’m quite content with watching shark shows on the Discovery Channel. LOL
Wow! I'd be impressed if you also were a diver who worked with sharks. LOL. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I strive to weave family, faith, and love into every one of my books. Sometimes what happens to the characters is difficult or even heartbreaking. But I want my readers to come away with a sense of peace, hope for the future, and a smile on their face. I want the characters and stories to stay with my readers long after they’ve turned that last page.
I know what you mean. Tell us about your new book.
Sometimes, what looks like a dead end, is really a new beginning.
A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. The beautiful new employee his mom hires is the last thing he needs and he'll do whatever it takes to make the girl quit and regain the peace and quiet he prefers.
Nothing short of desperation would force Chelsea Blake to work on a local cattle ranch. She may not be cut out for ranch life, but her determination to succeed is stronger than her handsome employer’s efforts at forcing her to leave.
Unprepared to discover all they have in common, if they set aside their initial dislike, they might find joy beyond measure.
Finding Joy was a lot of fun to write. Chelsea was originally introduced in the first book of the Love’s Compass series and it was fun to finally give her a story of her own. I also got to visit a working Texas longhorn ranch for research, which was a great experience.
That sounds exciting. :) Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include: Lori Wick, Rachel Hauck, Shanna Hatfield, Karen Witemeyer, Crystal Walton, Bodie Thoene, Frank Peretti, C. S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Janette Oke, and so many more.
It looks like we have a lot of similar favorites. :) What are you working on now?
I’ve started to write a book called Someone to Trust, the second title in my Life Unexpected series. This book is going to be a challenge, but I’ve been looking forward to writing Chess and Brooke’s story for a while now.
I’m also in the planning stages of a novella that will be included in a boxed set later this year.
You definitely are keeping busy. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
My biggest challenge is finding a solid block of time to write. I stay at home with our two kiddos and we homeschool, so our days are very full. There are some weeks when I can get a lot of writing done early in the mornings or later in the evenings, and then others where I’m lucky if I get a few hundred words written. I have to get creative with my scheduling, but I wouldn’t change a thing!
I know what you mean. I don't regret the 16+ years I homeschooled my two sons. Where can readers find you?
It's been great getting to know you, Melanie. I pray God blesses you and your writing.
Thank you again, Jodie, for the opportunity to stop by your blog and visit with you and your readers. God bless!