New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.
Author of: The Contract, The Baby Clause, Over the Fence
Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Canada. I hate jello. I am addicted to coffee. I am shy and when in public, rarely speak. I have been married for over 28 years.
Tell us about your latest release.
My last book was a short novella called The Baby Clause. It is a peek into the future of Richard from The Contract and how he handles his new role as a father. A portion of ebook sales goes to charity.
What can readers expect from you in the rest of 2017?
I have a book coming out in September with Loveswept- Random House, called My Image of You. At present, I have a tentative release for December, called heart Strings.
Have you got anything planned for 2018 (book releases, signings etc.)?
Currently I have 3 books planned for release. It will be my first series. I am signing in Leeds, England, as well as Vancouver BC, SASS in Norfolk, and then back to England in Nov for the Brighton Book Bash.
What is your favourite genre to write?
Do you see yourself writing in any other genres in the future?
Which book was your favourite to write, and why?
The Contract – the main character Richard, was fun to write. He had no filter, didn’t care what others though, and spoke his mind. As a shy person, it was the total opposite of how I am in real life so it was fun to just let go.
For those who are new to your work, which book would you recommend starting with?
How do you find names for your characters? And can you write them until you’ve found the perfect one?
Often, as they develop in my head, their names just comes to me. Sometimes, my editor asks for a certain name, and if it fits, I use it. Such as the case with Richard – she wrote me and said he is SUCH a dick – you HAVE to name him Richard because it fits so well. And she was right.
Do you have a character you feel more connected to?
Yes, Kourtney in Over the Fence. That book was very personal for me to write, and much of my life is in it.
What’s the best reaction you’ve ever received over one of your books?
The overwhelming popularity of The Contract, hands down.
Who is your biggest supporter?
Were you an avid reader as a child?
Yes, once I discovered the joy of reading, it became my favorite pastime.
Are any of your heroes based on real men in your life?
All of my main leads have bits of my husband in them. He is my biggest supporter, and is very tender, loving and sweet. After almost 29 years together, I still love him so much and I think I am the luckiest woman in the world to have him.
Are any of the experiences in your books based on events that have happened to you/someone you know?
Yes, I often include real life moments. Over the Fence is a prime example. Penny in the Contract was based on my own mother.
Do you have any funny writing quirks or stories you could tell us?
I write out of order. Often the middle of the book first and then I go back and forth as the story sends me.
Are you a sporty or curl up with a good book type of person?
Curl up for sure.
What is the strangest thing you’ve done in the name of book research?
I made Matthew drive, in a snow storm, the route I needed Lizzy to take in the book Into the Storm. I had to see if the timing worked.
What is your drink of choice while writing?
Coffee most of the time. Water others, and on occasion, wine.
Do you have any pets?
We have a rescue Cat named Amber.
Are you a morning person?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
What book are you reading now?