Today I have an interview with a fabulous person. But first, if you'll indulge me, I'm going to explain how I first came to know my guest.
Several months ago Mundania acquired the next two books in a successful urban fantasy series. When this was announced, I received an inquiry from a book blogger who took a look at our catalogue and was interested in hearing about new releases. We chatted a bit and I thought she was a total sweetheart.
She mentioned adding my book Bloodlines to her wishlist--I went through my, "Oh no, I'm working on revisions to make it better--don't get it yet!" thing that I did prior to the re-release. The truth, of course, was that I was stalled and grumpy about it (waah waaah, no one cares about the book, why am I doing this, blaaaah blaaah), so I hadn't, erm, actually been working on it for a few months and had already let the originally proposed release date pass.
A month later she emailed saying she still had Bloodlines on her mind and wondered if I knew when the new one would be out. I had to say, sadly, it was still in progress.
Her email sat with me for about a week. I kept thinking, "hey...someone wants to read it...someone other than me." Understand Bloodlines--the old version--had sold well and people seemed to like it, but no one was beating down my door about the revised version and I was busy feeling sorry for myself.
Then I looked at her email again. And I mailed her again, and said I'd have it done within a month and a half.
Um, took more like two months, and then another to get it all released. But I sent her a copy as thanks and I've never forgotten how that simple email really helped me when I needed a kick in the rear end.
When you see me thank one Melissa Hayden time and again in my books...this is why.
She's an amazing advocate for books and supporter of both large and small presses. She's one of the nicest, friendliest people I know, and her VBF (vampire best friend) is MIss Zara Lain herself, so you know she's gotta be awesome.
Please join me in welcoming Melissa of My World...in words and pages.Read more