Melody Parks: That I never want to die drowning. It’s my worst fear. I had a dream about it once… bad experience, haunts me yet to this day.
Suzy Ayers: Who is a mentor or someone that you look up to/inspires you?
Melody Parks: I’m going to let that one go to Maddie Taylor as mentor. She’s also a huge inspiration for me and has been very fun to work with.
Suzy Ayers: What is your favorite/least favorite part of the writing process?
Favorite Part- getting to the middle part of the book I’m writing when everything kind of hits that peak.
Least favorite part- Finding endings that leave the reader wishing there was more, and the editing process.
Suzy Ayers: What is the biggest piece of advice you find that you give most often to aspiring writers?
Melody Parks: “Don’t give up.” And one that Cara Bristol recently shared. “Edit out as many wases as you can from your manuscripts” I’ve found that to be a very helpful tip.
Suzy Ayers: Tell us the book you’re excited to share with us…
Because it’s October and thus the perfect season. I’d like to share ‘The Immortal’s Bite’ …
Just when Cassandra Dare thought things couldn’t get much worse, she is suddenly face to face with none other than Gregorie Darnsworth telling her he’s a vampire.
She wants to laugh. Sure he’s old fashioned and his house is full of furniture older than time, he is a little pale, and refuses to show his teeth when he smiles, but that doesn’t mean he’s really a vampire. Does it?
Here’s an excerpt…
He let out a slow breath, his eyes focused on her lips. “I’m a vampire,” he said sadly, his voice barely above a whisper. He waited for the gasp, her mouth to drop open, or for her to scramble to get up, but instead he saw her lips purse together as if she was angered.
“The Twilight Zone comment was a joke. I want some real answers or I’m going back up those stairs—”
Jasper came into the room with a tray. “I know you only asked for water, but just in case I brought a small bowl of soup and a taste of my famous cornbread.” Unlike the tray he had brought her last time this one was a bit more modern, it folded out to make a small table. “I won’t be offended if you don’t eat, but you’re missing some great cornbread if you don’t try it.”
“Thank you, Jasper,” Gregorie said, shooting him a look that said—get lost.
“Thank you,” she said, reaching for the water as Jasper left the room.
“I’m afraid it’s true. I wanted to avoid telling you for as long as possible, but sooner is probably better.” He moved a hand to his chin, rubbing nervously at his lower lip with his index finger.
She stopped midway with the glass of water in her hand and looked directly at him. “Is this where I find out that coming back down here was a big mistake? You really are some weird gothic freak that wants to be a vampire? Is that why that door over there looks so out of place? Is it your weird gothic torture room or something?” The glass in her hand was starting to shake.
“Please don’t be frightened, I am not a freak, nor do I want to be a vampire. The door is from an old library that was torn down years ago and I wished to have it. Behind it is my personal library.”
“Do you really think I’m going to believe you’re a vampire? Like Santa and the Easter Bunny—they do not exist!” There was an edge of annoyance in her voice that steadily grew louder as she spoke.
“Unfortunately, dear Cassandra, you are wrong,” he said, irritated by her flimsy choice of reference. “One of those three does exist, and I am your proof.”
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Suzy Ayers: Where are you going next? What is your next project/book?
Melody Parks: I’m working on a medieval story that I hope to finish very soon. Corbet and Emilia are turning into one hot couple ;)
After that I am hoping to move back into Pleasure Bay for a while and work with Maddie on book 2. I hear Chef Byron is really cranking up the heat in his kitchen.
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