**Author Peek** Interview with Melissa McClone



INTRODUCING…Melissa McClone.

Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.

I’m so happy to be here today. I’m Melissa McClone, and I’ve known Karen longer than I’ve known my husband! We first met way back when we were unpublished and living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since then, I’ve published over thirty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. I’ve also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. If I’m not writing, I’m dealing with my kids (two and four legged ones!) I’m addicting to making care packages for deployed service members and I also foster cats through a local no-kill animal shelter. I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?

I enjoy the journey of two people meeting (or reuniting), falling in love with each other and overcoming the obstacles that stand in their way. When I reach the end of a romance novel whether I’m reading or writing, I know I’ll get that heart-sighing, happily ever after I love! That’s why I love the romance genre.

2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?

I’m a plotter. I actually write the last chapter after I write the first three chapters so I know where I’m going.

3. What is your favorite part of writing?

Having written! LOL! My favorite part of writing is revising. The blank page is still a little scary to me even after I’ve written so many books.

4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?

Not sure I could make a living at it, but I’d love to be a professional crafter! I’m not artistic, but I love doing crafts. I can spend hours at Michaels daydreaming of things I’d like to make.

5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?

Breakfast! It’s also my favorite meal to go out to eat! But it’s also the meal I’m most likely to skip when I get busy. Maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much!

6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?

I love writing the male characters. I think it’s because they are so different from me, and I like getting into their heads! I do a lot of research and talk to late-twentysomething, early-thirtysomething guys to help me. That’s a lot of fun!

7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?

I would want to be invisible. An occupational hazard of being a writer is eavesdropping. Imagine all I could overhear if I was invisible? Perfect writer super power!

8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?

I would be living in Bend, Oregon! That’s my favorite place to visit and where I dream of living someday.

9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?

I’ve been very fortunate. My first three books were rejected, then the fourth was sold after I revised it. I’ve had very few rejections since I sold back in 1997. One of those was put on the back burner where I intend to let it stay!

As for reviews, every single one is special to me. Why? Because someone took the time to write a review even if they don’t like a story. I’m still blown away that people will review my books! But if I had to pick one, it would have to be RT Book Reviews one for IN DEEP WATERS… This was the book I was writing when 9/11 happened. After that day, I wrote pure, over the top escapism and dedicated the book to my kids (I had two at the time.) I received a 4 ½ Gold for that book!

10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

My next book will be out in April 2015 from Holiday Books, an imprint of Tule Publishing Group. It’s a sequel to my July 2015 The Honeymoon Prize. It’s set in Europe and the hero is a prince! I’m having a lot of fun with it! I don’t know the title yet.


Links to Melissa’s website, blog, books, etc.


BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Melissa, her new release, and an excerpt from MISTLETOE WEDDING, a Marietta Christmas, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!


Melissa Christmas Giveaway**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**:  Melissa is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card, Socks, Santa bandana, 2015 horse datebook, pen, nail file, candy, autographed FIREFIGHTER UNDER THE MISTLETOE, recipe card & gingerbread cookie cutter, post-it notepad, bookmark to one lucky winner who comments on her **Author Peek** Interview or Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss this chance to read Melissa’s new story. Thanks, Melissa, for sharing your newest release with us!

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122 Responses to **Author Peek** Interview with Melissa McClone

  1. Lori H says:

    I enjoyed the interview 🙂
    I really like cats as well. We have 3 right now and a beagle that keep us busy. We also have 4 school age children, one in college, and our oldest is married with our first precious grandson.
    I haven’t read any of your books yet but I’m looking forward to it.
    Happy holidays

  2. bn100 says:

    Nice you’ve known each other a long time

  3. Tina Peterson says:

    Got your book, can’t wait to start reading !
    Thank you for the cool giveaway!

  4. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Karen!!!! I just love how supportive you are of authors and helping them connect to readers. xoxox

    • Karen Docter says:

      You’re welcome, Melissa. I love discovering new writers so I figure my readers do, too. It’s especially fun to highlight writers that I read. 🙂

      Looking forward to sharing your excerpt on Wednesday. Happy Monday!

  5. Brenda Rumsey says:

    I always love reading your interviews. Congrats on your latest book…I look forward to reading it soon.

  6. Michelle Simanek says:

    Great interview! Thanks for the chance!!

  7. shannon says:

    Great interview. Thanks for a chance.

  8. Sabrina Joy says:

    That’s a great reason for a superhero because it makes so much sense that I wish I thought about it! Oh gosh! You are a genius! Imagine how many authors would love to have that power!

    I loved reading your interview and getting to know more about you! My favorite meal would be dinner but only because desert comes right after. Breakfast comes in second though!

  9. Janine says:

    Great interview. I always enjoy learning more about my favorite authors.

  10. Quilt Lady says:

    Great interview! I really enjoy reading about authors I love. I love cats but can’t have one because my son is alergic to them. Looking forward to reading your book.

  11. denise says:

    Love Melissa’s books, especially her Christmas stories!

  12. Ellie Wright says:

    I enjoyed the interview and Firefighter Under the Mistletoe sounds like a great holiday read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Jody Watkins says:

    Awesome interveiw! Oh how I’d love to be invisible too! Thanks for the chance!!

  14. Darlene says:

    I love reading your books!!! What a great giveaway thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  15. Rosemary Huelsebusch says:

    On my TBR list. Love the giveaway!

  16. Bridget Taylor says:

    Liked the interview. And the giveaway!

  17. Leanna says:

    Breakfast is also my favorite meal to go out for breakfast tacos and French toast are my favorites. Love your books!

  18. Bonnie Gonzales says:

    The cover so fit the book.And little Brooklyn was so cute and just stole your heart.And I have cared about Mistletoe since kitten lost in a snow storm days back in an earlier book.

  19. Amie Olson says:

    nice interview and thanks for the great giveaway!

  20. Jennifer Ingman says:

    I just finished reading Mistletoe Magic last night. I loved it! (And I left reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.) What I found interesting from your interview is how you write the last chapter after writing the first three. Awesome!!

  21. Ross Olson says:

    Sounds like a book my wife would enjoy.

  22. Tiffany Condon-Shirley says:

    Great interview! It was nice to learn about the author. Bend, Or is gorgeous!

  23. Cindy McGuire says:

    Loved the interview. I’m still waiting for my happily ever after. Until then I’ll just read about them in your books. Thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway.

  24. girlfromwva says:

    love the interview. i have really enjoyed previous books that you have written; will have to ask Santa for more $$ to buy more books!!!

  25. Kathy P says:

    Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  26. Kelli Mcelreath says:

    I love Christmas books they are by far my favorite. I agree with your super power choice and I’ve never been to Oregon! Dying to go out that way though. I look forward to reading your books and will be promptly downloading 🙂

    • Oh, thanks so much Kelli! The Pacific NW is beautiful. I hope you make it out this way! And ever since Karen brought up that super power question, my mind had been going crazy with thoughts of invisibility! LOL!

  27. melissa spencer feehan says:

    I have never seen a norwegian elk hound. I work at a kennel, so i see A LOT of dogs. Guess I will be googling them!

  28. melissa spencer feehan says:

    My amazon account has .39 cents in it, so I really need the gift card. LOL

  29. Kimberly V says:

    I really enjoy your books and the one coming out in the spring sounds amazing. I love all of the different locations in the Holiday books. Europe and a prince – I wish I didn’t have to wait.

    • Oh, thanks, Kimberly V. I love that I can write in so many different settings with a variety of characters. I am so looking forward to my prince. He’s a bit of a bad boy, in a sweet way that is 🙂

  30. barbie dickens lane says:

    Great interview! Love these books!

  31. Jane Nelson says:

    Great interview! I love that the two of you have been friends so long. The book sounds really good. I will be checking cking it out. 🙂

  32. Nila serafini says:

    Great interview! I enjoy holiday books & happy endings so much!!

  33. Buffy Kaake says:

    What a great interview. I always like to find new authors. And thanks for a giveaway!

  34. anne says:

    A wonderful interview and lovely books. Thanks for this feature and giveaway.

  35. LInda Stults says:

    It is a great interview. Thank for giving us your time.

  36. Jean White says:

    Thank you for making care packages for the military overseas. We helped create and pack care packages for 4 years while my son and his friends rotated in and out of Iraq. We still contribute, but we have moved from the state that had the big endeavor. Where we are now does not have a large military presence, so haven’t found a place to help at.


    It’s always nice to have a peek into an authors life. I can’t believe the imagination that they have. wish I had some!

  38. Sue Farrell says:

    I always enjoy learning a little bit about the authors I read. Thank you for fostering homeless kitties—-I’m afraid I’d fall in love with them and never want to give them up to their new forever homes.

  39. What a great interview! This sounds like a wonderful book. I really love holiday themed stories. 🙂

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  40. Sharon Baker says:

    What an interview. Awsome giveaway. Hope you have fun with It Good Luck.

  41. susan parkes says:

    Fab blog, I would love to be invisible too, just think what fun could be had.

  42. Shari says:

    What a great interview. I really enjoy finding out more about my authors that I read. Looking forward to your release next spring from Tule. I have enjoyed all of your Tule stories, I now want to check out your book, In Deep Waters.

  43. Tandi V. says:

    First, thank you for the giveaway! Second, I am the same way I would like to be able to become invisible. I tend to be a little too nosy and being invisible would really help with that….hahaha 😉

  44. Robyn K says:

    Thank you for a great interview and awesome giveaway. I wish I were invisible too so I can right wrongs and not get caught! 🙂

  45. Sean says:

    Quite an interesting interview. I am surprised someone would like to live in Oregon as an ideal place. My friends from there all complain there was very little to do.

    I can definitely with the style of writing the ending soon after the beginning. It’s nice to know where you are going.

    As a guy, I personally feel invisibility would just make it very difficult to pee accurately.

  46. Tracey lee says:

    interesting stuff. Thnx for the chance

  47. Glenda says:

    Great interview ladies! I’ve fallen i, love with Marietta Montana. 🙂

  48. Janie Prather says:

    Great interview, oh how I love books. It drives my family crazy. 🙂

  49. Cheryl H says:

    I really enjoyed your interview! Thanks for the chance!

  50. I enjoyed reading the interview and totally agree on the crafting 🙂 I love knitting, making wreaths and scrapbooking! Looking forward to reading the book 🙂

  51. Tricha says:

    Great interview. Can’t wait to read

  52. Tanya Phillips says:

    I love cats and dogs. My cat is currently cwtched (welsh for cuddle) up on my lap purring at the moment.

  53. AmandaS says:

    I really enjoyed reading the interview! Really great questions! Thank you for the awesome giveaway =)

  54. Laurie Gommermann says:

    Thanks for sharing so much about yourself and your long standing friendship with Karen.

    My son told us at Thanksgiving that he wants to move to Oregon next summer after he finishes grad school. I will tell him to look into the area around Bend. What is it that you like the most about that city?

    Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful Christmas themed prize package. Who wouldn’t enjoy a FIREFIGHTER UNDER THE MISTLETOE!

  55. Rebecca Kramer says:

    Great interview very enjoyable. Merry Christmas.

  56. Sandie W says:

    I’m a Christmas book junkie…I can’t wait to get my hands on yours! Thanks for a great interview.

  57. Jen B says:

    Great interview, I love the Santa bandana!

  58. Margaret Herman says:

    I really enjoyed reading the interview. Hope to win because I love to read.

  59. Deanne Patterson says:

    What a fun interview. I enjoy getting to know the authors better.
    How fun to see how like us the authors are. I think being invisible would be pretty neat. With 12 children, being invisibkle could get pretty interesting. We have kittens,cats and rabbits in our family as well. My hands are full but in a good way ! It’s so wonderful to mee you !

  60. Miranda says:

    I love crafting. The problem is that my house is full of stuff for crafts. So full that I don’t have an area to work on them.

  61. niki driscoll says:

    Being invisible would be a great superpower. I think I would like to control the elements. Think of the possible ways to get rid of people you don’t like. oops sorry. Crafting is hard, no one wants to pay the price so you recoup your initial cost and make a little for your self. Thanks for the chance at the great giveaway. Happy Holidays

  62. Carrie E. says:

    I’m so excited to read this book!! Being invisible could be dangerous sometimes!! As the mother of 3 teens and 2 preteens, it would sometimes be a really beautiful thing, but other times pretty brutal.

  63. Veronica Boudreau says:

    I want to read all of your books but Firefighter under the mistletoe looks good’!

  64. Jane Squires says:

    I haven’t read any of your books. Would love to get to know you better. Love what I read. Please enter me in contest.

  65. Michelle L says:

    Enjoyed the interview.Thank you for the chance.

  66. Michelle Harlan says:

    I would love to be a professional crafter, too! Visiting Michael’s convinces me that I could make it all! It’s what my husband calls a “time suck” for me. I go in, and don’t come back out for hours!

  67. Jamie Carollo says:

    Great interview!!! Thanks for sharing

  68. Leslie Waters says:

    Great interview. I can’t wait to read this.

  69. Katrina Epperson says:

    A truly wonderful interview. I always wonder if the author I’m reading is a planner when writing. When I am reading a book my thoughts will go through those moments of why did the author go this way or that and am pleasantly surprised to further read and find the answer. Thank you for sharing.

  70. Revising as a favorite…you must like torture lol so many authors whine about it that I thought it was the root of all things evil 🙂

  71. Marissa Yip-Young says:

    Nice interview~

  72. Tammy Campbell says:

    Thank you for doing this interview. Interesting that you write the first 3 chapters then the last. Great way to stay on track and not rush an ending. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your family.

  73. Nila serafini says:

    Great interview, they always seem to be better when the two people know each other! I getting know you as I read your books!

  74. Phyllis Lamken says:

    Die hard romance readers all agree, we want a happy ending. Love it.

  75. Aretha z says:

    Great Interview ! Loved to hear about your friendship :). Your books sound very interesting . Would love to read it:). Thx

  76. Susan M says:

    Love happy endings. Lately I tend not to read a book I will cry over. Too much in real life! I want to smile as I finish my books. Thanks!

  77. Cheryl H says:

    Great interview…can’t wait for your next book, loved Mistletoe Wedding. It was nice to learn more about you…I love breakfast best, too

  78. Tiffany says:

    Great interview. Thanks for the contest!

  79. Laura Van Guilder says:

    Great interview. Sounds like you really enjoy writing. I’ll have to read your books.

  80. Pat Walker Pinkston says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Looking forward to reading Mistletoe Wedding.

  81. LOVED the interview of course!!!!! I agree, just to have written is the best part about writing that you can fill the paper with adventures!!!! I have a question What is the funniest question someone ever asked you?

  82. Such a great interview. I love the cover of the book. And invisibility would come in so handy. It would be great to observe from up close to find out more for a story, I totally agree with that.

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