Interview with Author Melissa Stevens

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 2.54.04 PMWhat draws you to the Paranormal Romance genre as a writer?

I enjoy reading the genre so when I started writing, it seemed natural for me to write in this genre. I also write some contemporary romance as well, depending on my mood.

Can you describe Change in one or two sentences for our readers?

How would you handle discovering that not only do shifters exist, but you are one? See how Nickie handles the news.

How did you come up with the idea of the Kitsune and their mythology as a group?

I’d read the Japanese myth of the Kitsune, they’re fox shapeshifter species. I wondered what would happen if there was a species of shifters, that shift to all kinds of animals. They could have an entire secret society, a governing board, a lore, etc. What do they call themselves? What if the person who organized them into a governing board was actually a fox? They decide call the species Kitsune to honor him and his heritage.

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Give us insight into your Nickie’s character. What does she do that is so special?

I think it’s two things, her independence and that she is so accepting of the dramatic changes her life goes through after her discovery.

Is there a part of you in her?

A little bit, but a very little bit.

Are there other writers that inspire your own work? 

Rachel Vincent, Laurell K. Hamilton, Dean Koontz, Lora Leigh. What do they all have in common? Only that when I read them they totally suck me into their worlds.

Do you write and or read in other genres as well?

I also write contemporary romance, as for what I read, my only requirement is fiction. I’ll read horror, thriller, western, romance, historical, pretty much anything.

Fight (1)What is your current writing project and when will it be released? 

I have one ready to be released next month, May 24th to be exact. That’s RISKING ALEX. It’s the third book in my White Mountain Chanat (WMC) series, which is a spin-off of Kitsune. These are shifters but cougars instead of the wolves in Nickie’s story. I’m also working on a Motorcycle Club romance; I don’t have a title or release date for that one yet.

What is the best thing about your writer’s life?

It’s portable and flexible… The kids have softball practice? I can work in the stands. The old man wants to go camping for a week, I can work there too. On those particularly difficult days where I am on the run all day long, I can take my notebook with me and get things done in 5 or 10 minute spurts when I have a moment to write something down.

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How can readers find you online?

Facebook http://on.fb.me/1igyA0y

Twitter https://twitter.com/MelissaTStevens

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

Website http://melissastevens.us

 

Read An Excerpt from Change

“Oh, shit,” I said, my mind spinning in panic so intense that I couldn’t put more than the two words together, even in my head.

I froze, trying to slow my mind so that I could think and not just react.

“What is it?” Brandon asked, backtracking to my side to see what had happened.

“Snake. It got me,” I told him, speaking in short gasps as I struggled to calm my mind enough to think.

“Rattler?”

“Yep.”

“Where?”

“My right leg. On the calf.” I was starting to be able to think again. What are we going to do now? We’re still at least a half mile from the car, and there’s no way I can hike it now. It’ll take hours for anyone to get out here to us, if they can even find us and do they even keep anti-venom in the area anymore? My mind was still racing but I could at least make out my own thoughts. I knew I had to keep from getting hysterical, that would only pump the venom through my body faster. Stay calm.

My skin suddenly felt too small, as though it were shrinking but the rest of my body had stayed the same size. My whole body started stinging. Wow, I didn’t know that snake venom acted this fast.

Suddenly, or at least it seemed sudden to me, I felt like things were starting to move inside my body, bones and muscles moving into new places. I must be starting to hallucinate. The thought only drove my panic faster. I felt as though I had lost control of my body. Suddenly it all stopped, the burning pain of the bite, the stinging in my skin, the sensation of bones and muscle moving and grinding against each other beneath my skin.

 

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