I write small town romances. Having grown up in a small town, I love the type of community it is. Yes, everyone knows everyone else’s business but sometimes that is a good thing, especially in today’s day and age. My stories take place in contemporary times. One of my series is set in a fictional town of Whisper, Colorado. Everyone comes to town and finds happiness then never wants to leave. So the characters from one story often show up in another story. My optimal length is a novella where you can read a complete story and find the happily ever after in one sitting.
Books have been a huge part of my life from day one. My grandparents and mother were all big readers. I have very fond memories of them sitting and reading. An encyclopedia set sat at the end of the hallway near my bedroom. At night, my sisters and I would sit in the hallway and read the encyclopedias before we’d fall asleep. My mind never sleeps. When my children were little, I wrote for an online fan magazine for two daytime soaps. In addition, I’d write about my own life and the conflicts I faced. These became a part of my book, Musings of a Madcap Mind.
I turned to romance after working as a book reviewer. Another author provided me with the motivation to try my hand at writing and it’s been a roller coaster ride since, but I wouldn’t change a thing!
My goal is to write about 1000 words each night. After working during the day as a guest teacher or going to the movies and writing my review, I enjoy my dinner with my husband then head to bed with my laptop and two dogs to write. I’m a pantser, so I have a rough idea of the story but I don’t put it in an outline, I let the story and characters tell their own tales. The best part is writing in bed. I’m snuggled in with the doggies and we have such fun spinning our tales while hubby snores away!
Writing romance is a passion. I love sharing real-life examples of love which can happen to anyone. Our world has become such a precarious and dangerous place. If my stories can bring a little happiness, then I’m happy. <3
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a racecar driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy as a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a movie reviewer with WHMI (a local radio station), owner of a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the author of the award-winning novel In the Context of Love, a story about one woman’s need to tell the truth without shame.
Angelica had always suspected there was something deeply disturbing about her family, but the truth was more than she bargained for.
Sarton Women’s Fiction Finalist
Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
Readers’ Favorite Finalist
USA Book News Best Book Finalist
Great Midwest Book Fest Honorable Mention.
“…at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey.” ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River,and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters