Episode 104 – Melissa Keir is a full-time writer of contemporary, western, and suspense romance; and owns InkSpell Publishing.

Show Overview

  • Melissa Keir is a fiction author who never wanted to be a writer – but now it’s one of her passions. She’s a teacher who now guests teaches and writes movie reviews for a local radio station. She’s an avid reader and after writing book reviews for two years, she tried writing her own book. In 2012 her first book was published and now she has 19 original stories in 25 books including boxed sets. In 2016 she was able to become a full time writer. In this interview, Melissa shares about boxed sets, writing series, her writing process for a new book, developing characters, adding the plot to develop the full story, and much more. She rereads and rewrites as she goes to deepen the story. Then focus is on good editing and a quality cover. Melissa owns InkSpell Publishing.

Genre

  • Contemporary romance, western romance, suspense romance, and cookbooks.

My Books

My Writing Obstacles

  • I had four publishing houses close on me. I was a full-time teacher and people told me I wrote trashy novels. I just smile and move on, I don’t have to please everybody.

My Writing Motivation

  • I write to bring happiness to our world. Our world is so dark some days. If my books can make someone else happy, that’s a reason to write.

Tips about Boxed Sets

  • I have found that boxed sets with six authors if the optimal number. The books sell.

Tips on Writing a Series

  • I love series books. I love falling in love with a character or setting and going back to that place and coming home.

On Cookbooks as a Marketing Tool

  • A lot of my stories have recipes in them or favorite foods. For our 16 author boxed set, we each contributed two recipes and a snippet form our book, and put it out on Amazon. Another reason people might want to buy your books.

Tips on Writing Mystery Romance

  • The number one thing is you have to read a lot. You have to research the genre you want to write in. Never give up.

On Having a Strategy to Become Published

  • I think you need to have a plan. If authors put their book out there and hope something is going to happen, it will take a miracle. What’s your plan to get your book noticed?

 

On Book Trailers

  • I have a two minute book trailer for each of my books. I get find photos and then use the back matter or blurb for my book. I have someone create the video.

My Most Difficult Writing Challenge

  • I sometimes get stuck or challenged at the end of the day when I’m bone tired – but still have to write.

The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received

  • Sit down and do it – and don’t give up.

My Best Advice for Struggling Writers

  • I really do believe that you just have to sit down and write. Trust in yourself and what you want to do. Take the next step.

What Writing Success Means to Me

  • For me, being successful is having one person tell you that they’ve read your book and they love it.

My Favorite Book on Writing

  • I love my thesaurus.
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The Author That Inspires Me

  • I have so many favorite authors. I have so many books in my life. Asking for my favorite book is like asking which of my children is my favorite.

How To Find Me

About Melissa from Her Amazon Author’s page

  • Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.
  • Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a radio show-movie reviewer, owner for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
  • Melissa loves hearing from readers!

From My Perspective

  • In the From My Perspective segment of the show, I talk about the value that each author brings to the interview. Listen to a few shows, some new shows, learn and implement, and then share the shows with your writing friends. Subscribe to the podcast to get all new episodes directly to your device.

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