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Demented Souls Book 11
BY MELISSA STEVENS
Ghost is on a mission. One that can’t lead to anything good.
Unless you consider peace for his brothers and their women good enough.
Forced to leave his brothers behind, Ghost calls on an old partner to cover his back. But when danger comes from an avenue no one saw coming, is there anyone who can protect him?
Robyn is surviving. She’s getting by working a dead-end job in the middle of nowhere North Dakota with no end in sight. While not miserable, she knows there’s more out there. But does she have what it takes to walk away from everything she knows and grab chance by the tail?
Are Robyn and Ghost willing to look past the surface to find happiness or will fear and doubt make them both wonder what if forever?
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.
Hi! My name is Melissa Stevens, and I’ve been writing for about fourteen years. I was born and raised in Arizona, where I still live with my husband and the last of our 4 kids. I am currently managing the office in a RV Resort, which lets me meet a lot of different people from all over the country and world. My hobbies, are odd as it sounds, reading, writing and knitting (not all at the same time!)
- What genre(s) do you write and why?
I write contemporary and paranormal romance, because they are my favorite things to read, and I know the genre well.
- If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
This is going to sound corny, but the ability to read a book for the first time, every time. I would love to be able to experience that wonder every time I read a book.
- Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
I do occasionally get stuck. Most famously was when I was writing Sadist. I was stuck with him for a year and a half. My solution, work on another project. Eventually I was able to deal with my own emotional stuff to get back to Sadist and finish it. That was a one off… I am rarely stuck for more than a few weeks, but my solution is the same.
- What is your favorite part of writing?
Getting to know the characters to the point that they tell me what’s happening next. I can put them in a situation, and they’ll do things I’m totally not expecting. Creating real people (in my head) and having them do things I don’t plan is exceedingly rewarding to me.
- If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
That depends, am I eyeballs deep in a story? Who am I kidding, I always have a story or three in the works. Let’s go for one of my favorites: Pork chops, scalloped potatoes, fresh hot rolls, asparagus. Oh… and I don’t do packaged food, so it’s all from scratch.
- What is your typical day like?
Oh.. let’s see. My alarm goes off at 6. I get up, dressed and my hair done for work. Then I get my breakfast, what ever that is today, and head into my office. I focus on writing until time to go to work, then head off to work. After work, varies a little. I come home and if the house is cool (winter) I work on writing until dinner is ready. (I pay the one teenager left at home to cook on nights I work. TOTALLY WORTH IT.) then I spend the evening after that working on business chores while watching TV with my old man. Shower before bed, then rinse and repeat tomorrow.
- What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
For me, emotions. I think because I feel like what I experience is different from most people. I feel like I’m not describing it right and someone will miss my clues.
- How likely are the people you meet going to end up in your next book?
Almost nobody I’ve ever met in person will ever recognize themselves or someone we both know in a book. I never use entire people. I might take a mannerism or a personality trait here and there, but my characters are composites, never direct copies of anyone.
- Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
In this book, that’s Ghost. And his strength and weakness are one in the same… he’s a loner. He doesn’t need anyone and hates asking for help, on the other hand, he doesn’t need anyone and hates asking for help. Since I am a loner, I know first hand how hard it is to overcome that I can do it mentality and admit it’s okay to need other people.
- Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is Ghost. It’s the 12th book in the Demented Souls series. Release date is August 27, 2023, but you can preorder now.
Melissa Stevens has penned more than forty novels and novellas to date. She loves writing and discovering new stories. Her favorites are motorcycle club and small town romance.
With books coming out frequently, the best way to keep on top of what Melissa’s doing is to sign up for her VIP Reader List at http://bit.ly/2zeTIoF
Melissa lives in Arizona with her husband of more than twenty years and their children.
Links to Melissa’s websites, blogs, books, #ad etc.:
Website is https://melissastevens.us and all my books are right there on the front page, broken down by series and reading order.
I don’t keep up a blog but you can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/melissastevensauthor/
Thanks, Melissa, for sharing your book with us!
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