Friday Nights With Authors is a chance to get to know different authors who write a variety of genres. Tonight, I’m thrilled to have Melissa Cuevas with us. She wrote, The Book of My World which is a wonderful mix of portal fantasy and romance. I unique story that quickly became one of my favorites.
Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
I’m a military brat, moved around a lot growing up. I think that’s what helped make me such a dreamer and a reader. I am married to my bestest friend ever and we have two children together. I think the main thing that not a lot of people know, or know the details of is that in 2010, I suffered a stroke. Thankfully, it was not devastating and I was able to recover the majority of function (using video games as therapy!) However, after that happened, there was a few weeks where I was really worried I would never write again, all of the voices in my head had gone silent. But, with the help of a spunky little werewolf in a fanfiction story, things started to head back toward normal.
Million dollar question, are you working on another book?
Right now, things are little topsy turvy here so the couple of projects I have started are on hold due to an upcoming move. I have two concepts that could probably become books, and I really, really need to finish the one I have in progress that’s almost done but bogged down for some reason.
What do you think about the ebook revolution?
Honestly, without it, my books would have probably never seen the light of day. I gave the traditional publishing route the old college try, but I didn’t think I would live long enough for that.
What is your writing style (plotter, pantser, or something in between)?
I am a pantster. A huge pantster. I won’t actually start a project until I have a hazy idea of what the ending is supposed to be, but hazy is usually good enough. So I will have the first chapter in mind, and that vague idea for an ending point, when I sit down and get started.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer. Very much computer. I used to try to write with a typewriter because I love the noise, but the editing was evil and keeping track of that many papers was a headache. Now I use a mechanical keyboard (an IBM model M clone, a Unicomp) to give me the typewriter keyboard rebound and noise.
Do you write Alone or in public?
Alone. I’m very easily distracted by things going on around me. I have a huge case of “Squirrel!” (often literally, we have a lot of squirrels here. They like to run up and down the side of the house.
Music or silence?
Music. Always music. I can’t write without it. I have a starting, generic ‘writing’ playlist that will work to get things going, but until a character develops their own soundtrack, then I write to that soundtrack. Even if it’s terrible, and it often is. Tiernan, the main character for my most recently completed book, decided he needed two songs in particular…so I wrote to Backstreet Boys and Brittney Spears. Seriously.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have control of the story?
I learned really early on that I have no control. In my first novel, there was a character who was slated to die. Early on. He’s quite alive at the end of the second novel. Now, I don’t even try, whatever happens happens.
What has been the best compliment?
I had a reviewer chew me out because I had “Made them miss their train stop.” It was wonderful that they had been so engrossed in something I had written, even though I do feel a little bad about the circumstances.
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