Yesterday, I was interviewed by Sezoni Whitfield on Twitter. If you are a writer, you can also get an interview via Twitter with her. Contact her by clicking on her name above. I gained many, many followers as soon as I started promoting my interview, and she promoted both my blogs and upcoming novel.
If you missed out, here’s a transcript of most of the interview. (edited for typos and length)
Sezoni Whitfield: Good day, Mel! Could you share with us why you became a writer?
Mel E. Cober: Good morning! I’ve always wanted to be a writer, nothing else. (besides a mom) I’ve been writing since I COULD write, although I’ve only been back and seriously at it the last 2 years. Wrote my 1st novel in November.
Vanessa: That was me… About 2 years ago… Have you got an editor? Or are you going it alone?
Mel E. Cober: I’m attempting to do it alone, with help of some sharp-eyed friends for now
Sezoni Whitfield: Do you have a specific writing style?
Mel E. Cober: Is being a pantser a style? I wrote my 1st novel during Nanowrimo without a looming deadline I tend to get distracted
Sezoni Whitfield: How did you come up with your title?
Mel E. Cober: My blog was easy to name, I’m a tad obsessed with orange…all things orange. Even my wedding colour was orange
Mel E. Cober: I’m attempting to do it alone, with help of some sharp-eyed friends for now.
I also have a 2nd humour blog, written by my cat http://furcoveredsofagroove.wordpress.com Weird? Yes, but popular!
Sezoni Whitfield: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Mel E. Cober: Love never dies I think is the big message, no matter the obstacles. Don’t get me wrong though, its a suspense.
Patricia: I know you need to write considering you do it all the time. What is this book about? And when do I get to read it
Mel E. Cober: Box of Secrets is about a young woman who suddenly loses her husband, leaving her widowed with 2 small kids. She finds out about all the secrets he’s been hiding & his psychotic mistress. Soon as the edits are done, I’ll let you be a beta reader
Sezoni Whitfield: Would you say that writing is an escape for you?
Mel E. Cober: Usually it is, an escape from everyday stresses. However, I find editing more tiresome.
Sezoni Whitfield: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Mel E. Cober: Not really. I didn’t really write Box of Secrets, my characters just took over. Did things I never planned!
Sezoni Whitfield: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Mel E. Cober: The biggest thing I learned is that I’m NOT a plotter. Writing is best when you sit back and let your charactersTake over. This happened in Box of Secrets for sure. My main character evolved a lot.
Sezoni Whitfield: What makes your writing style unique?
Mel E. Cober: I’ve been asked this before. I’d like to think I write like ME, no one else. Each of us are unique. If I wrote just like James Patterson, I not only would be plagiarizing, but I wouldn’t be me. (BTW he’s my fav author)
Sezoni Whitfield: Did you choose writing, or did it choose you?
Mel E. Cober: It absolutely chose me. I tried to become a journalist, but my heart wasn’t in it. Fiction is my life.
Sezoni Whitfield: Do you have any suggestions to help new authors become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Mel E. Cober:
join a writers group. Writers Community of Durham Region
has been invaluable to me. Take workshops, talk to other writers. Also, social media is time consuming, but how else will ppl hear about you? That’s how I’m HERE.
Synopsis for Box of Secretes: Amy Matthews suddenly find her life in turmoil when her husband is involved in a horrible car crash. Trying to raise two young children on her own and cope with the death of her life partner, Amy is soon confronted with Josh’s secrets that won’t keep quiet. The truth has a way of coming out, even when you don’t want it to…
Sezoni Whitfield: Mel, this has been a great interview! Thank you so much for joining us today.
Mel E. Cober:
Thank-you for the wonderful opportunity, I’m willing to answer questions for anyone who missed out anytime.