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Eden’s Exchange Talks to Erotica Author @MelissaKCraig

Melissa Craig is a beautiful woman, and I don’t just mean on the outside. She’s funny, playful, and could easily be the heroine in any one of her own books. We met originally on Twitter and I have great respect for her as a writer of erotica. She’s one of the best, so I’m thrilled she agreed to be interviewed.

Learn more about this fascinating woman and her books.

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Welcome Melissa! Sorry it’s taken a while for you to appear here. As an introduction, tell readers how your best friend would describe you in 20 words or less.

Cheeky, kind hearted, down to earth, open minded, dirty minded, optimistic, creative, and guarded with people I don’t know.

I love that. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?

I am a part time writer and it’s very hard dividing my time between the everyday world and the writing world. I have two days during the week I allocate for writing, the other days I will spend time doing little things on social media in my spare time. Mind you on those two days one day is normally used to catch up on author interviews, upcoming book signings and social events, looking for book covers, promotional ideas etc. I wish I had more time to write, however bills need to be paid and family comes first.

Of course. What is your greatest extravagance?

Beauty products…if I let my nails, hair, eyebrows go uncouth you know something is wrong with me. Hahaha no…really, it’s a good way to reward myself as long as I meet my writing tasks. Spending time relaxing with a good head massage in a salon, or having my nails done makes me sit down for a few hours otherwise I would be running around cleaning or ironing something. I believe it’s essential to take time for oneself. And lingerie is a big downfall, if I see something I like I want it.

I agree it’s important to pamper yourself. Do you have a motto you live by?

Enjoy it any way you can!

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What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Pushing the publish button.

Ahhh. I know that well :D. Let’s talk a bit about your writing. What is the best advice you’ve received as a writer?

Write as if no one is ever going to read it. That way you don’t have any outside pressures influencing your writing and you stay true to yourself.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of being a writer?

Love how something from my mind can be transformed into a book. I still think it’s amazing when people tell me they are reading my work. Least favorite part would be not having enough time to write… wish I could write all day, every day.

What part of writing a novel do you enjoy the most? The least?

I love when I get lost in the world so much that I can’t stop writing for hours and hours… The least favorite part is what I call stage 3 of writing…when I read the manuscript and actually think…this sucks… this is normally the stage before I send it off to the editor and double guess everything I have written.

I thought I was the only one who felt that stage 3 you speak of! Is it important for you to know the title or ending of a book before you write it?

Oh gosh no. I never know how the book is going to end until it is written as I don’t plot and plan when I write. I let the story take control.

ample attractionOooh, another pantser like me. What is your best advice for new authors?

Seriously once you publish don’t check how many books you sell every day. You will become obsessed and may get stressed about it. I hardly ever check mine and I love it. Remember you didn’t start writing to make money, you published your book to tell the story for others to enjoy and to get it out of your head. The royalties are the bonus.

Are you working on another book now?

Yes I’m working on The Unblemished Librarian a single title novel. This book has been in the making for about two years…well that was the first time the idea came to me and I scribbled down about 4,000 words of it. It’s about a librarian named Kiera and she’s smitten with Boyd the Barman at a local strip club. Oh yeah, Kiera is unblemished… untouched and therefore still a virgin at 20. Boyd is living every man’s dream with his strippers yet Kiera the red head beauty catches his eye.

Sounds amazing, Melissa, and I happen to know that since you answered my interview back in March, the book has released! I also know it’s doing amazingly well, so readers, if you want your copy, you can grab it from Apple iBooks. I’ve included a summary:

the unblemished librarianA contemporary romance set in the most populous city of Australia; Sydney—home of the iconic Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Kiera James. The quiet librarian goes about her daily duties unnoticed by the world, trying to support her father and keep the family home afloat. Up until now, she’s been happy to live out her love life through romance books.
But now she’s allowed her heart to fall for a man she has never met, only laid eyes on. She is smitten, bowled over by his boldness, beauty and blazing sensuality. He generates a heart flutter unlike any other. But, is it the best move to feel affection for a man that works at a strip club? A man who’s surrounded by bountiful beauties on a daily basis? Would her late mother approve of Boyd and his buff blessing of a body for her unblemished librarian?
Boyd’s lavish lifestyle overlooking Sydney Cove may impress the stereotypical female, but not Kiera. She has had enough tragedy in life to know that money isn’t everything, and life is short. Will Kiera go out on a limb, against her better judgement so he notices her, or will she come to her senses and be the only girl that walks away from him before her heart is ripped apart.

Congratulations again Melissa on the success of your new book! Tell us a bit more about The Unblemished Librarian. What is the genre of it?

Erotic Romance.

What inspired you to write it?

I saw a red head one day at an NBL (National Basketball League) game and the story hit me out of nowhere.

What has surprised you the most about writing it?

I can’t believe that a little idea that was written on a piece of paper and put aside two years ago can suddenly come back to me and turn into a story.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from writing your book?

Things come to those that wait.

What is the best way for someone to support your book, aside from buying it?

Talking to friends about the book. Everyone has sex so why not discuss erotica books.

I could not agree more, Melissa! Let’s have a quick lightning round to finish off.

Aside from people/pets, what is the ONE item you would save if your house was on fire? My Phone.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel to? I would love to go to the Maldives one day soon.

Name a food you can eat everyday. Nespresso coffee.

Salty or sweet? Sweet.

Cat/dog/other pet? Dog.

Favorite style of music? I love all styles of music.

The best gift you’ve ever received? Being pregnant after several years of trying to failed. The love you feel for someone that grows inside you outranks anything.

Your most guilty pleasure. Mouthwatering food at top ranked restaurants…mmmm

Favorite season. Spring.

Name something you cannot go a day without. Internet.

I’m with you on that last one, Melissa ;). Thanks so much for coming by Eden’s Exchange. I wish you continued success with your writing and I hope The Unblemished Librarian soars to the top of the charts!

Readers, I’ve only featured a few of Melissa’s books here, so please visit her at all her virtual homes to find more of her published works. 

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Connect To Melissa 

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 WebsiteFacebook | Google + | Goodreads

 Twitter @MelissaKCraig | YouTube

Find Melissa’s books on the following sites: 

Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble

 Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | ITunes

Melissa Craig, in such a short time has risen to prominence being recognized by peers and readers alike for her work as an erotica author. Her profile is such, that she is a sought after panelist on various media forums both nationally and abroad. She continues to offer a special brand of writing that has carved her a niche in this genre, so much so that even E.L.James herself has re-tweeted Melissa’s tweets, follows her Facebook fan page and Melissa on Twitter.

The 50 Shades of Grey author that rocked the world by storm, that has over five hundred and eight thousand followers on twitter only follows 407 people and Melissa Craig is one of them. Yes Melissa Craig leaves her readers thirsting for more. Melissa’s work draws upon the backdrop of an island in The Great Barrier Reef, and the sultry North Queensland surroundings which have led her to becoming an international best seller in the UK, USA, France and Germany.

Melissa provides opportunities for aspiring/self-published authors, directors and Indie musicians alike, which was recognized through an honorable mention at the United States International Women’s Day Columbus, Ohio. She produces a podcast with a syndicate in the thousands with her co-host and American Author Charity Parkerson, all about the written word, available on iTunes.

Melissa is part of a worldwide author network reaching over two million followers on twitter at present and growing every day. Her blog is recognized worldwide that has subsequently lead to opportunities judging in writing competitions in America.

Her erotica works have gained recognition through awards here in Australia against New York Best Seller Sylvia Day in the 2012 Romance Readers Awards in the Erotic Romance category with media resulting in the Sunday Mail newspaper article “Erotica Steams Ahead” and various interviews on radio shows in Sydney and TV shows in the UK.

Born Organized Magazine have the pleasure of gaining Melissa’s insight as a columnist, in between writing about men’s hard bodies. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.

Enjoy it any way you can!

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @TobyWNeal #author #interview

Toby Neal is a very busy woman living amongst the lush palms and beautiful sand and sea of Hawaii. She’s the author of close to a dozen books and counting. Learn more about this fascinating woman and her books. Continue reading

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @C_W_Schultz #author #interview

C. W. Schultz is the pseudonym for American writer Calen Sifferman, and we met on Twitter just before he was heading overseas. I liked his bio and invited him for an interview.

Please give Calen a warm welcome and add him to your networks. Continue reading

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Eden’s Exchange talks to John Anstie (@PoetJanstie) #author #interview

I remember the exact moment when I met John. It was on twitter August 2011. I was having a conversation with another Englishman about the London riots, and John interjected and suggested I read his article on the matter.

I did.

The rest is history, really. We’ve been friends ever since, and have discussed numerous topics ranging from poetry to politics to music to the Royal Mail system. He’s helped me in a fundraiser for a fellow author, and he’s been a constant source of friendship.

For all these reasons, it’s my privilege to highlight John and his writing.

Please give a very warm welcome to poet/writer and consummate thinker, John Anstie. Continue reading

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Eden’s Exchange talks to @CPBialois #Author #interview

I love when relationships develop organically, as they are the ones that usually stick. CP Bialois is an author I met sometime ago, and he’s been a constant source of optimism and encouragement. He’s an extremely diligent and hard-working author, and I’m happy to offer him space to tell you more about himself.

Please give a warm welcome to fantasy author,  CP Bialois. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author @NedHickson #interview #humor

Ned Hickson is a terrific writer, and he does it with a sense of humor. On more than one occasion, I’ve done a spit-take while reading one of his blog posts.

It’s my great pleasure to introduce him to you, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so much conducting an author interview. Thanks Ned, I need to clean my computer screen again! That’s the last time I drink expensive scotch while I’m reading your stuff!

Please give a warm welcome to Jurnalist and funny man, Ned Hickson. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Britt Skrabanek (@brittskrabanek)

I’ve met many authors via comments they left on my blog. That is how Britt and I connected. Of course, then I discovered we had friends in common, so I’m thrilled to showcase her and her work.

She was a lot of fun to interview and I’m sure you will enjoy reading more about her. Please welcome Britt Skrabanek to Eden’s Exchange. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Anthony McManus (@Deepcaster)

Anthony McManus (Tony, I call him ) is an author who lives in Chiang Mai, a beautiful part of northern Thailand I had the pleasure of visiting years ago.

We connected after he read one of my books, and have been friends since. As in the serendipitous world of the social network, he also happens to come from my provincial birthplace of Quebec. Small world.

Please welcome Tony—a diligent writer, a man of many talents, and someone worth knowing. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Angus Vieira

Angus Vieira is an author I met by way of mutual friend, screenwriter/poet Wally Lane. We read each other’s books and connected on Facebook. To say that he is an ‘interesting’ man would not do him justice. He is a unique blend of sexy and sassy, raunchy and sagely, and someone who does not mince words.

See what I mean by reading more about the one and only, Angus Vieira. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author E.N. De Choudens (@ENDechoudens)

Author E.N. De Choudens, whom I call Efrain, connected with me some years ago when he fanned my Facebook page. We chatted about so many things, including books. I learned he wrote in numerous genres: erotica; poetry; science fiction; and horror.

Coming from a Spanish background, I knew English was not his first language, but that never stopped us from having the most charming conversations. You will discover that for yourself in his responses.

Please welcome Efrain and find out more about this dedicated and talented man. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Laurie Smith (@L27wsmithSmith)

Laurie and I connected via our blogs sometime ago, probably through our love of music.

Having worked as a police officer and in the prison system, he’s the writer of three novels (so far) in the “Death” series.

All the way from the land down under, please give a warm welcome to Laurie Smith. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Bill Kirton (@carver22)

Bill Kirton and I met via RB Wood’s Word Count Podcast a few years ago.

How time flies. Bill is fun to know, and he’s a terrific writer and storyteller.

Please find out more about this talented man, and his wicked, dry sense of humour. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Fiona Quinn (@FionaQuinnBooks)

I am so excited to have author, Fiona Quinn, on my blog. I’m a huge fan of her and her writing.

When I set out to write a mystery, her wisdom and experience were invaluable to me. In this interview, you’ll find out how she shares her knowledge with authors.

Now, let’s learn more about this fascinating woman and her book, Virginia is for Mysteries.

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Read an Exchange with Author @RaymondBolton

Raymond, welcome to Eden’s Exchange, so thrilled to reconnect after writing with you as part of the collective Black Ink, White Paper. Recently, I had the pleasure of picking up your book, Awakening, The Ydron Saga.

Now we get to learn more about you and your writing.

Readers, please sit back and enjoy!

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Read an Exchange with Author @DiBartoloJoseph

Serendipity played a role in my connection to Joseph DiBartolo, or Joey, as he has asked me to call him. I’m happy to share my space, so you can learn more about him.

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Read an Exchange with author @MWeidenbenner1

I love discovering new authors. When I put a call out for mystery/thriller writers to interview, Michelle answered the request, so here she is. In reading her responses, I discovered we had one odd thing in common. She loves oatmeal! I can’t think of many people who would say that. Let’s find out more about Michelle and her writing. Continue reading

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Read an Exchange with Author Christoph Fischer (@cffbooks)

Christoph, welcome to Eden’s Exchange. You’re a generous author who conducts many interviews on your own site, which makes me especially happy to have you as the first author interviewed under my new format. I hope you have fun, and thanks for bringing a drink along too. :) Continue reading

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My Author Interview Series gets a Makeover

Inside the Author’s Mind was an interview series I started Dec. 10, 2010 to highlight indie authors and their work. It also provided insight into different writers’ minds.

It’s been one of my most popular posts and is run on Fridays.

I’m streamlining the series to give it a fresh look. The questions will focus on the author as a person, while providing a platform to sell their work. I realize how important it is for writers to make connections via the networks, and the interview format is a great way to do it.

As I’m moving into the genre of psychological mystery/thriller with my new book, I invite authors of this genre to be interviewed. Feel free to leave a comment with your contact information if you wish to participate.

Of course, I will continue to feature writers of all genres, as I’ve done from the beginning. I will contact them directly.

Since this is a makeover, I thought it would be nice to give the series a new name. I’d like to introduce:

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Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Like a conversation …

the conversation

No, not THAT type of conversation!

More like this, by the fireplace, an exchange of ideas … fun, relaxed, and informative. We can even roast marshmallows if you like. ;)

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Photo courtesy of SquarEstate

Look for the new format next month, and feel free to visit previous years’ interviews. It’s been a privilege to interview these wonderful writers, and I encourage you to connect to them.

Interviews of: 2010/2011 | 2012 | 2013

~eden

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Props to the people I interviewed in 2013

I hosted 47 authors in 2011, the first complete year of my blog.

I expanded the segment to other creatives with 44 interviews in 2012.

In 2013, I continued to share amazing talent on my blog. Read them if you missed their interviews initially. They’re wonderful people to have as part of your social network.

 Click on the name for the interview. 

 Profession and/or Genre  Name
 Mystery/Thriller/Humour  John Dolan
 Crime/Paranormal  Tim Dittmer
 YA Fantasy/Romance  Raine Thomas
 Editor and author of poetry  Loren Kleinman
 Women’s fiction  Erin Cawood
 Romance/Contemporary fiction/Short stories  Cameron Garriepy
 Memoir/Crime thriller/Romance  Billy Ray Chitwood
 Paranormal Romance/Celtic  Shannon Macleod
 Contemporary Fiction  Lance Burson
 Erotica/Romance  Layna Pimentel
 Editor and author of urban fantasy/Flash fiction  Annetta Ribken
 Thriller/Suspense  Everett Powers
 Historical fiction/Humour  Nicole Chardenet
 Paranormal/Suspense  Sheilagh G. Lee
 Filmmaker and author of non-fiction/Poetry  John T. Trigonis
 Satire/Politics/Humour  Christoph Paul
 Literary Podcaster/Social media brand manager  Lydia Aswolf
 Actor/Producer/Biographer  Gregor Collins
 Science fiction/Fantasy  Matthew Bryan
 Editor and author of short stories/novellas  Jennifer Wingard
 Publicist and author of multiple genres  Anne Chaconas
 Speculative fiction/Horror/YA  Jessica McHugh
 Urban paranormal/Epic fantasy  J.H. Sked
 Short stories/Aspiring novelist  Timothy Bryant Smith
 Victorianesque fantasy/Science fiction  MeiLin Miranda
 Noir crime/Personal development non-fiction  Joe Hefferon
 Instructional non-fiction/Science fiction/Fantasy  Matt Posner
 Historical Fiction  Mary Ann Bernal

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Get Inside the Mind of author Mary Ann Bernal (@BritonandDane)

Social media and serendipity connected me to Mary Ann Bernal, and I’m proud to say she’s my final author interview of 2013.

I knew little about her until now, but I loved discovering her work. You will too.

Please welcome Mary Ann and learn more about her and her books. Continue reading

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