Thank you T. Michelle for having me on your blog. I’m always excited to share my books with other authors and readers.
Tell me about yourself.
My life is a lot like the Brady Bunch. We are a blended family with four children (two his and two mine) and two dogs. Unfortunately there isn’t an Alice in sight so I’m stuck doing all the cleaning and cooking! At least I won’t be putting too much laundry detergent in the washing machine. J
I don’t believe in downtime. I am a full-time elementary school teacher who teaches children to love reading and writing as well as an editor, published author and book reviewer. I believe that you should never stop learning which is why I always remind my students that someday I will be that racecar driver, I’ve always dreamed of being!
What are you currently working on?
Currently I am working on sequels to Forever Love and Second Time’s the Charm. Right now I have both stories about halfway done but I also have two other stories that are begun on my computer and as few more plot bunnies running around the edges of my mind.
You have several books that are available now and coming out. Do you work on one project at a time, or do you multitask and work on them consecutively?
Currently I am working on more than one project. Usually I put the focus on one story until it is finished but with the sequel to Second Time’s the Charm I became stalled with the story and decided to put it aside. I’m working through things in my head and will pick it back up again.
Do you write an outline before every book you write?
I am not an outline person. I don’t like to use them for my professional writing nor college writing. I usually have an idea of the story line and characters, as well as setting. But then I let the characters and the story take over and I just hang on for the ride.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
I think hating things you write is something that everyone experiences. I had a poem that I really didn’t like. I loved the idea but the writing wasn’t flowing, so I put it down and then came back to it after a few months and rewrote it. Now it’s a poem I’m proud of. It really shows how media manipulates our children and society.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had been writing poetry and short articles for my family and friends about life and how I saw things. I got a job as an editor for a publishing company and the people at the company thought that I would make a wonderful writer. They saw something in me that I wasn’t sure was there. Once I got the idea, I couldn’t stop the story from flowing onto the paper.
Do you base your books on your own experiences or events in your own life?
I believe that there is always a small piece of truth in each story. I love to include real life events or settings in my stories. But because I’m an author, I use those events and change them so that they fit the characters and the storyline. Forever Love takes place in Amherst, Ohio. The town plays a big role in the Wilder Sisters series. Amherst was the small town I grew up in. I loved the town and had an intimate knowledge of it, so I wanted to include it as a setting in a story. But the Wilder sisters don’t love Amherst and are learning that you can go home again.
You are also an editor. Do you prefer editing your own books or those of others?
I love editing other people’s books. At Inkspell Publishing, I have been fortunate to work with some amazing authors. They are so wonderfully open and caring. They want what is best for their books. We work together as a team to create that vision they have of their story.
Also with my own writing, I don’t always see the mistakes. It is because I’m too close to the writing.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best advice that I’ve ever heard for writers came from the lead editor at Rebel Ink Press. She said that only through writing can we improve. She loves giving new authors chances but when she looks at their writing, their second book is that much better than their first… and so on. If you are serious about writing, never stop. Write about anything and everything. It will help you hone your voice and style. Never give up!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I really want to thank the readers who have given my books a chance. They are like my children and I really enjoyed writing these stories for you! My books are quick reads that are perfect for an evening before bed. They have passion but also romance and dreams for a happily ever after. Isn’t that what we all deserve and want?
Thank you again T. Michelle for having me. I hope that your friends and readers will stop by and visit my website and blog (www.melissakeir.com) to stay up-to-date on all the contests, stories, and fun things I have going on!
Betsie Wolfe was a small town girl who left her cozy little life for a job in the big city. She never expected to become a witness to a murder or face vicious threats. Detective Jonah Pigg was immediately attracted to Betsie’s lavender eyes and small frame huddled in the gray wool blanket when he arrived on the scene of the murder.
When threats on Betsie's life surface, Jonah takes her into his home under the protection of the three Pigg’s who own the Pigg Agency. It will take all of his detective work to keep her safe. Passion has a way of igniting when people are in stressful situations and lust leads Betsie and Jonah into each other’s arms. But is their relationship only a matter of desire or is it something more?
Finally fed up with the tension, she left her desk, shut down the lights in the office, and locked the door. With her small clutch purse in one hand, she started the lonely walk to her apartment, six blocks over from the employee parking garage. Someday, I’ll have enough money for a car of my own. She thought with envy. Maybe something in a green color but with good gas mileage.
So focused on the noises around her, Betsie tripped over a patch of broken concrete and went sprawling on the floor, her purse hit the concrete and one lipstick tube rolled across the garage floor. Crawling on her hands and knees, Betsie yelled at herself in her head for her accident. Oh no. Isn’t that my luck! Everything has gone wrong today! Where is my purse? What fell out?
Suddenly a car appeared around the back of the garage and screeches to a halt. The sounds of yelling and gunfire erupted in the silence of the parking garage. Diving flat on the ground, Betsie begins to say all the prayers she remembered from the past twenty-three years of Catholic Mass. As a body crashed to the ground, the black sports car with the silver trim drove away.
Betsie hid on the ground near the edge of a large blue sedan, praying no one could hear her. The silence after such a deafening noise grated on Betsie’s nerves. Without thought for herself, she rushed over to the body to see if they needed help.
“Oh, my, gosh, it’s Johnny from the warehouse. Johnny, Johnny, are you okay?” She placed her hands on his chest to see if he was still breathing, only to pull away abruptly when she felt the wetness of his shirt.
Looking down at her hands, “Oh no. Blood! Johnny!” But his death was as evident as the large hole in the front of his shirt gushing blood on the pavement.
“I can’t be caught here.” Betsie realized with the dead body beside her that the garage wasn’t a safe place.
After a long argument with her conscience over what was right and what might happen, Betsie found her purse with the office keys inside and went back into the office to call the police.
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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 book reviewer, an editor 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!