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Please Welcome Melissa Mayhue


Melissa, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I live in Colorado, so many of my books have a Colorado connection somewhere in them.  I’m married with three sons, one of whom still lives at home.  Along with raising him [and his dad!] I have my hands full with three dogs, one cat, a turtle and an always dirty fish tank filled with old fish!

How long have you been writing? 

I began writing seriously [meaning I actually started and finished a book!] in 2005.

What is your writing process like?

I start with the characters – sometimes the hero, sometimes the heroine.  Once I know whose book I’m writing, I think about the problems they have to solve [internally] and then I figure out who their match is and what that character’s set of issues will be.  After that, it’s simply a matter of seeing what adventures they’ll have!

Can you tell us about your latest release A Highlander of Her Own?

This the fourth book in my award-winning Daughters of the Glen series, and one of my personal favorites.  Caden [the hero] first appeared in Soul of a Highlander.  Once I met him there, I knew he’d need his own story!  I also wanted to begin to delve into the lives of the women alluded to in Soul – those who woke up one day with magical Fae powers and the mark of the Royal House of Fae on their chest!

Here’s the official blurb for A Highlander of Her Own

TEXAS, PRESENT DAY. Ellie Denton’s world has spiraled out of control. A strange new birthmark, animals talking to her, and her mother’s ex-husband laying claim to the family ranch have her thinking life can’t get more complicated. But Ellie doesn’t know the birthmark’s connection to her Faerie ancestors. Complicated takes on a whole new meaning with her innocent wish to find her true love.

Only the magic of the Fae can determine whether Ellie will find a Highlander of her own…

SCOTLAND, 1304. Caden MacAlister has more trouble than he can handle. With his brother held for ransom and the laird missing, the last thing he needs is another problem. But the Fae have other plans.

A mysterious woman shows up in his stables, sent by Faerie Magic to find her true love. Fighting his attraction, Caden insists she’s meant for one of his brothers. With his history, he has no desire for a woman in his life—especially a woman sent by the Fae.

Will you have any more books in this series?

Yes!  Book five  – A Highlander’s Destiny, is scheduled for release January 2010, and Book 6 [as yet unnamed] is scheduled for February 2010.

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

No… the next two will be back to backs in January and February 2010.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on Book Six – Robert’s story.  [working title: A Highlander’s Homecoming].

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Yikes!  That’s a good question, but I’m not sure I have a really good answer.  The idea for the series originated while I sat in a place in Scotland we hiked into called The Fairy Glen. [Near Rosemarkie on the Black Isle]. 

Once I got beyond that first book, the others have each built on the original story, gradually  introducing more and more of the Faerie world and its impact on the Mortal world.  Each book seems to introduce more characters – all of whom end up having stories I need to tell!

In your opinion, what are the most stressful and most exciting parts of the whole process? (From the time an idea or concept comes to you until the book can purchased in a store or on-line?Most stressful – writing to a deadline, without a doubt!  I’m a world-class procrastinator, so when that deadline approaches, woo-boy! 

Most exciting – seeing my book on a shelf at a store ties with getting an email from a reader who loves the series and has a favorite character they want to know more about!

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

Before I began to write time travel and Faeries, I was a voracious reader.  My favorites were people like:  Lynn Kurland, Karen Marie Moning, Janet Chapman, Sherrilyn Kenyon [and her alter ego, Kinley MacGregor].

Since I began writing, I don’t have as much time to read and I find that I don’t want to read books that are at all similar to mine, in part because I don’t want their writing to influence my voice and in part because it’s sort of like the plumber having to fix a leak in his own bathroom on his day off!!!

Most recently I’ve been into reading Urban Fantasy.  My favorites are Charlaine Harris [ Love the Sookie books!], Jeanne C. Stein, Yasmine Galnorn, and Kim Harrison.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Books by all of the above mentioned authors .  Keeper Shelf is sort of a misnomer at my house.  I don’t have any place large enough for such a shelf!  I have hundreds of books I’ve read and loved… neatly stacked in plastic bins in alphabetical order by author!

Do you read books other than romance books?

Occasionally, though I don’t have as much reading time as I’d like anymore.  I’ve always loved a good fantasy series, too.  Robert Jordan is a good example.

What was the first romance book you read?

I don’t know.  I can tell you I’ve been reading romance since the summer I turned 13 and I never looked back once I started, devouring hundreds of books.  Historicals, time travels and paranormals have always been my favorites.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Another tough question.  Because I ‘see’ my characters as I’m writing them, it’s difficult to imagine any actor actually being those characters.  But, if anyone wants to make a movie of my books, they can feel free to cast Gerard Butler as almost any hero I’ve written simply because I like to watch him!  J

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

I think I’d choose a character I haven’t written yet… simply because her story isn’t told and all the magic is still waiting to happen!

Do you have a day job?

Writing is my day job.  [And my night job, too, when I’m near deadline!!!].

Are any of your characters based on real people?

Not really, although there are times when I’ll hear a comment or see an expression that inspires something in one of my characters.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Ah…if only I had more spare time!  I love to travel, genealogy research [a passion I have very little time for lately], video games [love a good rpg!], needlework, and in the spring, spending time in my herb garden.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be? 

What makes you want to read more of an author’s books?


***Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Soul of a Highlander and A Highlander of Her Own***

Melissa would love for you to stop by her website and say hi through her shoutout box at http://www.melissamayhue.com/index.html.


17 Responses

  1. Great interview!
    I am very much looking forward to picking up A Highlander of Her Own today! I love your magical covers. It’s a nice change from the half naked guys and such (I love those too!)

    Best of luck on your release day!!

  2. WOnderful post. I love highlander books. There is just an air of magic about Scotland. The series sounds great and it is one I have not read yet so I do beleive I will have to change that.

  3. Great post! I have had a book of Ms. Mayhue’s in my tbr pile for a long time, I’ll be reading this series THIS YEAR!!!

  4. I love Highlanders *sigh* I want one of MY very own!

  5. love to hear about an author’s everyday life; do you write to music or have to have a certain kind of candy around when you get close to deadline?

  6. I enjoy reading authors who write series. It keeps me wanting to find out more about the charactors and what else happens to them. Nice having you here today!

  7. Thanks for this interview. I am really looking forward to reading A Highlander Of Her Own!

    The thing that makes me want to read more of an author’s books are good characters that I care about or am intrigued by. I also like when an author uses her current book to set up her next book and introduce me to some of it’s characters. That usually builds up my anticipation.

  8. Great interview! I’m new to this Highlander series, but I’m eager to start catching up. I look forward to reading all the books!

  9. There’s just something about a highlander, isn’t there? I suspect that Adrian Paul has had something to do with that as well. LOL


  10. Fabulous interview, Greta & Melissa!

    Melissa, we could be neighbors! I have lived my whole life in Colorado and can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live – thought Scotland was a great place to visit. How long have you lived in Colorado?

    Your Highlander series sounds really interesting.

  11. Wonderful interview! I am really looking forward to this book and that is a gorgeous cover!!

    As for what makes me want to read more of an authors work…when an author can create characters I grow to care about and a story I can lose myself in then I am more likely to remember their name and pick up another book by them whether it is part of a series or not. Because 9 times out of 10 if I enjoyed one of their books, I’ll probably enjoy the next one as well.

  12. Great interview! I am really looking forward to reading A Highlander Of Her Own!

    I read more of an author’s work when the book I’ve read has a storyline I love, I can relate to the characters, and there is a chance the author will bring back other characters in a series.

  13. I enjoy it when an author writes a series. A story with an exciting plot, fascinating characters, and the anticipation of more books to come will get me to read more of an author’s works.

    Thanks for the interview today! I’m looking forward to reading your books!

  14. First of all, thank you so much for having me here, Greta. I really appreciate it!

    Robyn L ~ I do listen to music when I write, but it normally is instrumental. If there are words, I listen to the words instead of writing!! [My brain looks for any excuse to lollygag!]. As far as candy??? Oh, chocolate…definitely chocolate!!

    ~ Melissa

  15. Karin ~

    I’ve lived in Colorado for the past 30 years. I do love it here…except when it’s below zero! Of course, like all Coloradoans, I gripe when it’s over 90, too!!! 🙂

    ~ Melissa

  16. Well, darn… my first response didn’t show up! [Now it will probably come through twice!!!] 🙂

    Greta, thank you so much for inviting me here to your blog and for the great questions!

    Robyn L ~ Yes, I do listen to music when I write. I prefer instrumental because if there are words, I actually LISTEN to the words instead of writing! 🙂 It’s normal for me to listen to Celtic music, or great, sweeping types of music. [for example – the action/fight scene in A Highland Of Her Own was written to the soundtrack for The Thirteenth Warrior!].

    And as far as needing candy near deadline??? Oh, chocolate, Robyn…definitely chocolate!!! 🙂

    ~ Melissa

  17. HA! I knew it would show up after I sent again!!!! sheesh…..

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