Author Interview with Melinda Todd

It’s rare today to find an author who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a ‘real’ job other than writing, and if so, what is it? What are some other jobs you’ve had in your life?

Melinda Todd:  Yes, my ‘real’ job is being a wife and mother. My husband and I have four children and my family always comes first, even when a character is trying to chat in my head. Sometimes I jot some quick notes because I can’t sit down and type out a scene that’s playing in my head. Then I pray that I remember it when I can get back to writing.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Melinda Todd:  Deep down, I have always wanted it. I wrote a lot of poetry in high school to get through some tough times and sort through those feelings. I won several contests with a few of them. I started my first ‘book’ in fourth grade. Someday, I may have to pull it out and type it up for others to read. Nothing like a fourth grader’s imagination!

What compels you to be a writer?

Melinda Todd:  It really started a few years ago when I decided I wanted to be able to help people who have been through what I’ve survived. If could heal and move forward, I knew my story would give hope to others.

Tell us a little bit about your book/s. What are their titles; which is your favorite if you have more than one, and briefly let us know what they are about. Pay particular attention to your most recent book and/or your first book:

Melinda Todd:  My first book was, How I Forgave My Molester. This will always be my first love because of what it means to me. While I intend to write fiction from here on out, this book is my heart poured out in order to help another sexual abuse survivor find healing.

Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?

Melinda Todd:  Yes, I have two novels I hope to have released in the next couple of months. One book is a mystery and the other deals with attempted suicide and cutting.

How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?

Melinda Todd:  It was surreal. My name on the cover of a book I wrote. There’s nothing like it.

What type of music, if any, do you listen to while you write?

Melinda Todd:  I can’t listen to music when I write. I have to have silence or I am easily distracted and singing along to the music or watching the tube instead of writing.

What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?

Melinda Todd:  I am married to my high school sweetheart. We’ve been together 18 ½ years now. We have four children; 3 boys and 1 girl, in that order. They are 15 (almost 16), 10, 8, and 6.

The main characters of your stories – do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?

Melinda Todd:  There’s always a little of me in my characters but I find it enjoyable to put myself into someone else’s shoes and imagine what they think and feel. I’ve always been a people watcher. People fascinate and intrigue me and not always in a good way.

Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your own writing? Do you have a writing mentor?

Melinda Todd:  I am a huge fan of Janice Hanna Thompson. She is a witty author who interacts with her readers and cares about them. I love that I have been able to take some of her online classes and feel as though I’m a friend even though we’ve never met. There is something special about an author who will take the time to authentically engage their readers. Kathi Macias, Ginny Ytrupp, and Michelle Sutton are just a few who do exactly that and do it well.

When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?

Melinda Todd:  I grew up reading Judy Blume books. I grasped for anything that could make me laugh. And then I graduated to The Babysitters Club and read every single one of them, always wishing I could create my own club.

Do you have any pets? What are they? Tell us about them.

Melinda Todd:  Yes, we joke we have a small zoo here but we do live on 5 acres. We have two dogs, 4 cats, 1 duck, and 15 chickens.

How long did it take you to write your most recent (or first) book? When you started writing, did you think it would take that long (or short)?

Melinda Todd:  Well, in reference to the two books I hope to release in the next couple of months, it has taken a while. The mystery has only been a few months. It’s not as complicated as the second one that deals with cutting and attempted suicide. The second book I have been working on for over a year. It’s a delicate subject matter and I want to take my time and be very deliberate with how it is presented.

Is there any one particular book that when you read it, you thought to yourself, “Man, I wish I’d written that one!”?

Melinda Todd:  Yes, The Hunger Games come to mind! I submerged myself into that series. It’s so easy to imagine our own society falling into the same extremism as the colonies in the books.

Thinking about your writing career, is there anything you’d go back and do differently now that you have been published?

Melinda Todd:  I would have started sooner. I didn’t think I was good enough. I have the crazy imagination for writing but I’m still working on the craft of it. I wish I’d realized this is what I wanted to do with my life a little sooner.

What is your main goal or purpose you would like to see accomplished by or with your writing?

Melinda Todd:  I want to go beyond entertaining folks. I want my stories to have meat to them and make people think. I want them to imagine themselves as the characters and gain some insight and empathy into their own lives.

Now, use this space to tell us more about who you. Anything you want your readers to know. Include information on where to find your books, any blogs you may have, or how a reader can learn more about you and writing.

I am the author of How I Forgave My Molester and Trailing After God. My books are available on my site at, http://melindatodd.com and amazon.com. I love watching America’s Got Talent each spring and summer. While I enjoy encouraging people, I wouldn’t make it being a judge on a talent show where negative feedback would be required. I’d absolutely hate telling someone that they had no talent and/or to give up their dream.

Melinda Todd is published with TTM through their digital downloads TTM eShorts. Her story, Quarrelsome Fools, can be purchased directly through TTM here or via Kindle Direct on Amazon.com here. For other formats, check out the Smashwords page here.

 

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