DIY: DIY Interview – Melanie Robertson-King


Melanie Robertson-King

What schools did you attend? What was your course of study?
Westminster Public School (K-8), Brockville Collegiate Institute (grades 9-12), and St Lawrence College where I studied computer programming.

What were your favorite subjects in school?
Art and geography

What is your favorite hobby (other than writing-related?
I love to travel and love photography so what better than to combine those two things and visit the places I love – Scotland followed by Paris and Quebec City.

When did you discover you wanted to be a writer?
From about the time I was old enough to read and able to hold a pen.

When did you start seriously writing?
I started writing as a teenager. Ghost stories, romance stories. I even illustrated some of them, creating a graphic novel… long before those came into being.

Do you write full time? No

Do you create an outline or do you ‘just write’?
Usually, I’m a pantser but I have to know the ending before I get started. Does that make me a pantser?  Then the fun is getting there.

For my current project, I outlined it first. I’m not sure yet if that’s helped or hindered me.

What genre do you write? What draws you to this genre?
Primarily romance because I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Even my horror writing has a romantic side to it.

What other genres do you write?
Horror, suspense

Do you work with an editor?

What is the title of your current project?
‘Second Chances’

What is the genre?
Contemporary romance

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?

What is the expected release date?

Please provide a book blurb.
Torn away from her first love, Jared Martin, in a family move to another country when she was a teenager, Katherine Murphy is devastated. Soon after her return to Aberdeen to attend University, she discovers Jared seemingly in a relationship with someone else.

However; destiny has someone else in mind for Katherine – Colin Whithorn. They fall in love, marry and open a new and used bookshop. Their marriage comes to an abrupt end during the London bombings on July 7, 2005, when Colin is in the city on a buying trip for their store.

Devastated, she builds a wall around her heart determined not to let anyone in again who can hurt her – that is, until five years later when Jared walks into her shop.  Despite him being her first love, he must tear down the barrier she’s created to protect herself. Given a second chance at a life with him, Katherine couldn’t be happier until another cruel twist of fate strikes and the helicopter he’s on returning from his job on an oil rig ditches in the North Sea. Will he survive the ordeal? Will they have a third chance at happiness? Or will Katherine have her heart broken yet again?

Will you design the cover?
I know what I want the cover to look like and have enlisted a talented local artist to do the cover image for me. I’ll do the rest.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?
This is a project I’ve started and stopped a few times. It’s about a helicopter crashing into the North Sea. Well, while I was writing it, there were a number of such occurrences. They spooked me. Here I’m writing about a fictional helicopter crash and all of a sudden these birds start falling out of the sky. Somehow, it made me think I was responsible.

Please provide an excerpt from the book.
(Please bear in mind this is from the first draft so it’s probably not very good.)

While Katherine fumbled with her key, she felt Jared’s icy blue eyes boring through her. A bead of sweat formed at the base of her neck and slowly trickled down her back. Her mouth went dry. She wasn’t a silly teenager anymore. Why did he still have this effect on her after all this time?

When she finally managed to keep her hand steady enough to insert the key and turn it, Jared turned her around and kissed her. His tongue teased her mouth open and he pulled her towards him. Katherine’s pulse quickened and she let herself melt into his strong arms.

“If we don’t soon go for that drink, I won’t be responsible for my actions,” Jared commented, his voice husky.

At that particular moment, Katherine wanted time to stand still. Standing here, pressed against Jared was a place she could spend the rest of her life. She nuzzled her head into the hollow where his neck and shoulder met and hugged him tighter. He kissed her forehead before disentangling himself from her grip and wrapped his arm around her shoulder.

The tang of salty North Sea air and fumes from the ships in the harbor 30 lingered in the heavy air. Those smells, while powerful, couldn’t mask the seductive aroma of Jared’s cologne.

Do you have any other projects in the works? Please tell us about them.
I have a Christmas novella set in Quebec City waiting in the wings – Undercover Boss meets Miracle on 34th Street.

Do you enlist the services of reviewers?

Do you use reviewers who charge for their services?

Do you utilize ‘press releases’?

Have you done ‘trailers’ for your books?

Please list your published works, with dates, and where we can find them.
‘A Shadow in the Past’ – July 2012
‘The Consequences Collection’ – October 2013
‘Tim’s Magic Christmas’ – August 2015
‘The Secret of Hillcrest House’ – April 2016
‘Shadows From Her Past’ – October 2016

All of these are available in paperback.
‘A Shadow in the Past’, ‘The Secret of Hillcrest House’, and ‘Shadows From Her Past’.

What books have you read recently?
‘Devil’s Porridge’ by Chris Longmuir, ‘Broken Faces’ by D. M. Carr.  Both books are set during the Great War.

Who are your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Ian Rankin, Stuart MacBride, Chris Longmuir, Jojo Moyes, Dayna Leigh Cheser (have you heard of her?), Maggie Wheeler

What is your favorite quote?
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

What is your favorite movie/film?
“The Guns of Navarone”

Who was your favorite teacher?
Bruce Sherman (grade 7)

What is your favorite food?

If you had a time machine, what year or period would you visit and why?
I’d like to go back to the 1880s in Aberdeenshire, Scotland so I could meet my grandparents.

What secret talents or skills do you have?
Top secret … don’t tell anyone.  I can (sort of) play the bagpipes.

Where is the one place in the world you’ve never been before that you’d like to visit?


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BOOKS by Dayna Leigh Cheser
‘Janelle’s Time’, ‘Moria’s Time’
‘Adelle’s Time’,
Logan’s Time’
Clarissa’s Time’ – 2018

Janelle’s Time’ (2nd Edition) – 2017


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DIY: DIY Interview – Melanie Robertson-King — 2 Comments

    • Hi Melanie, and Welcome back … again!
      I must THANK YOU for participating in my DIY Interview program. DIY Interviews and ‘Reviews by Dayna’ are what I do to help authors, just as many authors helped me get started years ago.
      I’ve met so many great people through these programs and love doing what I can to help.
      Have a great day!

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