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Today’s featured author is USA Today bestselling author Melinda Curtis! Learn some fun facts about Melinda in this short Q&A and about her latest release, The Rancher’s Redemption. Leave a question on the blog for a chance to win Marrying the Wedding Crasher!
Sweet romance, sweet romantic comedy, sexy traditional sports romances2. Coffee or tea lover?
Coffee all the way (although currently, I have a glass of iced tea on my desk)3. Name one thing on your bucket list.
Travel to Ireland and Scotland4. Do you have pets?
We have 2 Yorkie/ShiTzu mixes – Duke and Tally – and a cat who is above us all – Trixie.
5. When I wake up every morning I…roll out of bed, make espresso, and go to the gym. Must. Fight. Writer’s. Butt.
6. Weirdest or unique thing you own.
Hand crank phonograph and a record collection. It was my grandmother’s and still works. 7. Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?
I am relearning how to knit and not doing a good job of it, which makes me a little bonkers. But between writing and becoming a grandma this year, knitting hasn’t been a priority. 8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
Laugh a little, cry a little, sigh a little. And hopefully, there’s a character that stays with them long after they close the book.9. What inspired you to write “The Rancher’s Redemption”?
I love to write about heroes who’ve made some mistakes in the past and make amends in the story. It’s hard enough to admit you made a mistake, much less try to redeem yourself. Like many of us, Ben went with the flow when he was younger, instead of following his instincts and doing the right thing.
Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Between writing sweet romance for Harlequin and indie-pubbed sweet romantic comedy, Melinda finds time to bond with her husband over home remodeling projects (she owns her own sledgehammer). She recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.
His family committed a terrible wrong. Ben Blackwell wants to make it right. The last time Ben saw Rachel Thompson was when her best friend left him at the altar. Now Rachel’s suing the Blackwells over river water rights. Rachel’s a triple threat—rancher, fellow attorney and single mom—and Ben’s plan to win in court hits a snag when mutual attraction blooms. If he divulges a long-held secret, will his family forgive him? Will Rachel?
This bachelor’s pretend girlfriend just made a shocking discovery–She’s pregnant! Although they dated for only a month, Harley O’Hannigan just agreed to be Vince Messina’s plus-one at a Harmony Valley wedding. Big mistake, given her deepening feelings for the tall, dark, unavailable bachelor. And what about Vince’s long-buried family history? Then there’s the growing secret that could transform this pretend relationship into the real thing…
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16 responses to “Author Spotlight: Melinda Curtis!”
Sarah, a fabulous writer who is now retired was my mentor for a time: Susan Crosby. She wrote for Harlequin Desire and then Special Edition. She could really wring out the tears.
Who inspired you to become a writer?
Vera Wilson wrote.How long you been writing romance?snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com
Hey, Vera, I began trying to write romance in 1998 officially. I made my first sale to Harlequin in 2001 or 2002 (who can remember that far back). 50 books later…
Who is/are your favorite author(s)? And what is your favorite book you've wrote so far?
I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Mallery, RaeAnne Thayne, Brenda Novak, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jill Shalvis, Cari Lynn Webb, Anna J. Stewart (how much space do I have? lol)
what do you use to get inspired when you are writing? music or other media?
I listen to music before I write and I have pictures I've cropped from various sources of people, pets and places
What or who inspired you to become a writer?
I've always written short stories. And then I discovered a typed manuscript my grandmother had written that had been rejected. At the time, I was reading a Susan Crosby book (she's now retired). She had a PO box very near me (we live in the middle of almost nowhere in Central California). I wrote to her and asked her how to become a writer. She urged me to join the Romance Writers of America (which has fabulous courses on craft and the business of writing, plus offers networking with editors and agents).
What made you decide to leave the business world for writing?
There was a lot of internal office politics that wasn't healthy. I was told I'd be interviewed for a director's job, but then the next week they hired someone in the position to be my boss. I had to train HIM (it was that kind of company) and I got tired of fastening a seat belt on the potty.
How'd you come up with your pet names?
Our son named Tally after some video game character (she's the blonde). My husband named Duke after his favorite men's college basketball team. My other son named Trixie after watching the Speed Racer movie. He said something redeemable had to come out of his 90 minutes of time (lol, he didn't like the movie)
Do you write about a particular sport or various sports?
I've written a series in the NBA (first book is Playing for Love and the series is sexy, 3 full length, 2 novellas, 1 special release, plus 3 more in the hopper). I loved Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago Stars NFL series and Rachel Gibson's NHL series.
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