INTERVIEW: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson

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Claudette Melanson

 

What inspired you to become a writer?

My mother reading to me from infancy, most likely.

 

What are your hobbies?

Cooking, baking, travel, reading, writing, Japanese anime and pet rabbits (six).

 

What are you passionate about?

Definitely writing. Animal and human rights. Better food choices for better health

 

What interests are you into?

Healthy eating, pet rabbits, crime and food documentaries, horror video games and anything literary

 

What social media do you use to contact with your fans?

Website: http://bit.ly/1DVaL7x

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cmelansonauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bella623

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7881896.Claudette_Melanson

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Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/cmamzauthor

Book Gorilla Author Page: http://bit.ly/1BfSp0L

Bookbub Profile: http://bit.ly/1YiX3GU

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyMsreft9WCRCgAM1tMRGvg

 

What did you do before you became a published author?

Although I hate math, I was actually an Accounting Administrator

 

Do you have another job other than writing?

Not at the moment. Was laid off by a workplace harasser in April of this year.

 

How long have you been writing for?

I started writing little stories when I was five years old, so for 40+ years

 

What’s your writing style like?

I usually write in the first person. The thoughts and feelings of the narrating character infuse the narrative heavily. My writing has been compared to Stephenie Meyer and Anne Rice.

 

What’s your favorite genre to write/read in and why?

I love Young Adult fiction. The characters are at a point in their lives when the whole world is laid out before them. This is the time in life when most major mistakes are made, after which the character usually goes through a period of growth. I also like this genre because the erotic details are usually kept to a minimum as far as the characters’ love lives are concerned. I enjoy sweet romance much more than explicit sex scenes.

 

What’s your least favorite genre to write/read in and why?

Romance. I’m not a huge romantic and kind of roll my eyes at some of those unrealistic, untrue-to-life details found in some books. I have, however, decided to write a sweet romance series which includes an element I can definitely build around. There is some romance in the Maura DeLuca trilogy too, so I know I can do it when I put my mind to it.

 

Some writers have something playing in the background, do you and what?

Horror movies or crime documentaries with the volume low and whatever song I’ve chosen for the chapter I’m writing. There are always bunnies playing in the background too, haha.

 

What’s the inspiration behind your books?

I get ideas all the time from everything I see around me. Sometimes it’s from someone I see or a movie I watch. Sometimes it’s a dream or nightmare I have or a detail in a book I’m reading.

 

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?

I’ve changed the cover of Rising Tide three times. I wish I’d started with the current cover.

 

Is there anything you found particularly challenging about writing?

Time. When I had a full-time job it was almost impossible to find time to write. Going to part-time helped, but now I love having almost unlimited time in which I could write.

 

Who are your cover designers?

I only have one, Rachel Montreuil. All her covers are original artwork, and she illustrated my first children’s book too.

 

What authors are your inspiration?

Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, Anne Rice, Charlotte & Emily Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, Charlaine Harris, Sherman Alexie.

 

What is your take on fanfiction?

I believe it can be flattering, but part of the process is coming up with your own ideas and characters. For instance, if someone wrote about my character and completely changed her fate, that story direction wouldn’t ring true. I would say it’s safer for writers to come up with their own unique ideas unless they are just having fun with the idea and practicing their writing skills.

 

What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone that wants to pick up writing?

Keep writing. It takes a long time to build a platform and an audience. The only way you can fail is to give up. Oh, and hire an editor!

 

What are your fondest childhood memories?

Definitely my mom reading to me. She would often do so after my two younger siblings had gone to bed, so it felt like special time just for us. Also, any time when we went to an amusement park. I’ve always been a thrill-ride junkie. I also loved the Jaycees haunted houses every year and the Halloween decorations (my mom even made a life-sized Frankenstein’s Monster and Dracula). I loved trick-or-treating every year and the fun scares of that time of year.

Once, when I was about seven, I was lost in Myrtle Beach. I walked along the sand until I found someone who looked ‘nice’ (she was reading). I often think of her taking me back to the campground office and making sure I got back to my family okay and wonder where she is now.

 

If you Don’t mind tell us a little about your personal life?

I love in Ontario, Canada with hubby and six bunnies: Tegan, Pepper, Beckett, Butters, Daenerys and Sansa. I spend as much time writing as I can and love watching horror movies. I’m also a reviewer for InD’Tale Magazine, which offers me more opportunity to read and be a part of the publishing community. I don’t eat gluten for personal reasons, but love gluten free pizza. I’m a fiend for coconut and when I’m drinking, the beverage usually involves tequila.

 

Do you have any causes, charities, foundations that you are passionate about and donate to? if so why? how did you get involved??

Yes, Rabbit Rescue in Cambridge, Ontario. We are fostering Daenerys and Sansa for them and donate whenever we can. We also rescued Tegan and Pepper from them. I’m very passionate about donating to Go Fund Me, etc. campaigns to help animals get care. I also use the ResQWalk app on my phone when I take my walks which offers a donation based on distance walked.

 

Do you have any pets?

Yes, six rabbits. 2 English Spot mixes: Tegan and Pepper. 2 Holland Lops: Butters and Beckett (who also has a touch of Lionhead). 2 Californians: Sansa and Daenerys.

 

Some fun questions now

 

What age were you when you were first kissed?

15

 

Who was your high School sweetheart?

My best friend’s brother.

 

What did you want to be when you were little?

A veterinarian…until I learned blood was involved. Then, an English teacher.

 

What is your favorite color??

Black and red together

 

What is your favorite food/s?

Gluten free pizza, crab and lobster, steak, Emmy’s Organics coconut treats, tequila (yes, it’s a food, lol)

 

What are you afraid of?

My bunnies passing away. Never having enough money scares me too. And of course, death; I believe we all fear the unknown.

 

How old were you when you first got drunk?

Don’t laugh…25

 

What was your first car?

Ford Escort…I wanted a classic Camaro, but my dad was not on board.

 

Did you live in a house or apartment when you were a child?

House with 4 bedrooms and a big back yard.

 

What was your favorite TV show as a child?

I don’t really remember watching a lot of TV. I was always reading. I did love vampire movies, though.

 

What was your favorite book?

Wuthering Heights. My mom read it to me when I was five.

 

Who did you have a crush on when you were in school and how old were you?

Boy George (still do, lol, even if I’m not his type). I must’ve been 14 or 15

 

Tell us about your Book/s?

I have a YA vampire mystery/romance/fantasy trilogy. The characters will show up in a series of future trilogies which each center around a segment of the main character’s life. I’m almost done with a Christmas horror anthology which I’m hoping to publish before Christmas this year, along with another children’s book focusing on another of my bunnies at Christmas. I have one children’s book out, Butters Comes Home, which is about the rescue of my little lop from a breeder’s shed. I know it’s horrible to support breeders, but I firmly believe the animals there are also in desperate need of rescue!

I also have two short stories published online, a fairytale, Shimmer, and ghost short, Minion. On the Halloweenpalooza blog I have a short story featured about a stalker, Mislead. It can be read for free here: http://bit.ly/2dEes0L

 

Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps something not many people know about? Can you share with us the best way to contact you and where to find your work? This is where you have the floor.

Although I am now a Canadian citizen, I did grow up in Bristol, Tennessee. Lucky for me, my mother began reading to me at a very early age, and I developed a deep love of reading. We had hundreds of books in our house, and I read everything I could get my hands on. Once I discovered vampires, a lifelong obsession took root. I watched all the old vampire movies with Christopher Lee and Vincent Price. I read any vampire fiction or lore I could find. I also loved the classics like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Little Women. When I got a little older, my Aunt Betty snuck her Stephen King novels to me—my mother was quite religious and didn’t want me reading his work—and he became a huge influence on me, as did Ernest Hemingway in college.

I always wanted to be a writer, but chose English Education as a career path. I loved all the books I studied at university, but a place in the classroom was not for me. I found managing high school students to be difficult and felt like the standardized American education system did more to encourage a dislike for literature than foster a lifelong love of reading and writing.

Discouraged, I went back to the classroom and earned a second bachelor degree in one semester in English arts. Then, I went on to earn my Master of Arts in Literature. After I felt as though I’d honed my writing skills well enough and had experienced enough life to replicate life on the page, I began to push toward finishing my first novel.

When I was nearly three quarters of the way done with Rising Tide, one of my friends gave me Twilight as a birthday present. Both the story and Ms. Meyers’ incredible story of writing while her young children were asleep and persevering past rejection letters drove me to the finish line for my own book. I’d produced so many novel starts but never finished any of them, and I knew the time had come. Finishing my first book was one of the best feelings I ever experienced in my life.

 

You can follow me here:

Website: http://bit.ly/1DVaL7x

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cmelansonauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bella623

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7881896.Claudette_Melanson

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/claudemelanson/

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/authorcmelanson

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=18797567&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/104844624163397590666/104844624163397590666

Stumble Upon: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/cmelanson623

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/cmamzauthor

Book Gorilla Author Page: http://bit.ly/1BfSp0L

Bookbub Profile: http://bit.ly/1YiX3GU

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyMsreft9WCRCgAM1tMRGvg

 

My books can be found on my Amazon Author Page in the links above, but they are for sale on every major platform as well: Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, iBooks, and Google Play. My website has all of those links under each book on the home page, and you can also download them there.

 

Bunnies

My four babies from left to right: Beckett, Tegan, Pepper, Butters

 

Bunnies2

The two fosters Daenerys and Sansa (left to right)

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