Happy Friday Everyone,
A special shout out to my parents who are celebrating 45 years of marriage today--congratulations!
Today I'm happy to introduce to you a friend of mine and a very talented author, Melissa Ohnoutka. Melissa's Faithful Deceptions, which I reviewed and definitely enjoyed when I read it. She's incredibly nice, cheerful, and a lot of fun to know. She also has a blog, where you can go and see what's happening in her world.
Anyway...introducing Melissa Ohnoutka:
Me: Faithful Deceptions came out in March, do you have plans for future releases? If so, what and when?
Melissa: Yes, I'm working on a short story called "Shattered Souls of Innocence." It will tie my first two books together and should be released soon. Then "Target of Betrayal" will follow this summer.
Me: What made you choose human trafficking for your novel?
Melissa: I watched a Lifetime mini series back in 2005 or 2006 with Mira Servino and Donald Sutherland called "Human Trafficking." I had no idea this went on in America or to what degree. When the movie ended, I sat down and didn't stop till "Faithful Deceptions" was finished.
Me: What are the pros and cons of "indie" or self-publishing?
Melissa: Pros - control over storyline, cover, page count, price, promotion, and the direction I want my career to go.
Cons - Haven't found any yet. LOL One might say marketing, but from what I've learned, unless you are a best selling author you end up doing most of the marketing yourself anyway.
Me: For Fun: what's your favorite breakfast food?
Melissa: Fruit & nuts. I know, I'm boring. LOL
Me: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Melissa: Never give up, trust in yourself and learn all you can.
Me: Do you plan to only write Romantic Suspense, or do you plan to write in other genres, as well?
Melissa: I have no idea why, but I love suspense. I have a young adult suspense and middle grade already written, but in need of major edits. They too have their fair share of suspense. To be honest, I've tried writing a simple sweet romance. I just can't keep my heroine out of trouble. LOL After I finish up the three dealing with human trafficking, my plan is to challenge myself to work on something light.
Me: For Fun: what flavor donut do you like?
Melissa: Chocolate filled. Okay, now I want one really bad! :)
Me: Have you thought of writing a sequel to Faithful Deceptions, or is it a stand-alone?
Melissa: "Faithful Deceptions" started out as one book, but has somehow evolved into a three book sequel. Although each book will be tied together with the human trafficking, they will also be able to stand on their own as well.
Me: What do you think defines a person as a writer?
Melissa: Sitting down and writing. I've come across lots of people who want to write, but having the dedication and determination to actually sit down and do it is a whole different story.
Me: Anything else you'd like to add?
Melissa: Just a big thank you to you, Bethany! Your support has been awesome through all this!
Faithful Deceptions and you'd like to check out Romantic Suspenses, be sure to check out either Amazon Kindle / Barnes & Noble Nook (in-prints are or will be available).
Have A Fascinating Friday!