Monday, 3 October 2011
Author Spotlight - Q&A with Melanie Atkins
STEPH: I don't know much about Voodoo Bones. What's it about?
MELANIE: Noel Galliano has always wanted her own business, and despite critics who believe she won’t succeed, opens a tiny French Quarter voodoo shop. What she doesn’t count on is finding a dismembered corpse upstairs. Detective Mathieu Bergeron is considered a screw up around the district station, until he puts away the Bayou Ripper. Then another body is found mutilated, and both his arrest and competence are thrown into question. Matt and Noel must work together to solve this terrifying crime in the Big Easy...and along the way, they fall in love.
STEPH: How long did it take you to write?
MELANIE: Voodoo Bones is a novella, and I wrote it in about a month.
STEPH: Did you have to do a lot of research for it?
MELANIE: Not really. It's a romantic suspense set in New Orleans, like many of my books, so I'm familiar with the area, and I already do plenty of law enforcement research.
STEPH: What was the inspiration behind the story?
MELANIE: I read a news article about a dismembered corpse found in an apartment above a voodoo shop in New Orleans (a true story), and the plot formed from there.
STEPH: How did you go about picking the hero/heroine's names?
MELANIE: I went with Cajun names because my h/h are from New Orleans.
STEPH: Are you a plotter or a panster?
MELANIE: I'm a pantser. I've tried plotting, but it doesn't really work for me. I come up with a basic premise, develop the main characters, and just dive in and let the story unfold.
STEPH: What's your writing space like?
MELANIE: I write in a corner of my bedroom in a recliner, surrounded by research books. It's a cozy little space.
STEPH: How long have you been writing? Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
MELANIE: I've been writing for about 13 years. My advice is to never, ever quit. Write everyday.
STEPH: What's the last book you downloaded for your Nook? What feature do you like the most about your Nook?
MELANIE: The last book I downloaded is Heat Rises by Richard Castle (the fictional author). lol As anyone knows who reads the blog I co-write with Lee Lofland on his blog The Graveyard Shift, I'm a Castle addict.
STEPH: Fun question: Fess up: Who is your favorite football team?
MELANIE: I'm a devoted New Orleans Saints fan. Who dat? Geaux Saints!
STEPH: Where can we find you on the Web?
Google +: https://plus.google.com/109250905947468207446/about?hl=en-US