Interview with Melinda Dozier

Today I'd like to welcome, Melinda Dozier, author of Breaking the Rules. Hi Melinda, thank you for stopping by. Tell us about your latest, Breaking the Rules.

Melinda: Hope Robinson, a middle school principal and perpetual klutz, must play by the book even when Dr. Colin Calaway, a widower and father of a student, steps in and challenges her to break the rules and follow her heart.


Rose: What was the inspiration for Breaking the Rules?

MelindaI knew I’d write about middle school, since I’m a middle school teacher. Hope spoke to me first. Then I watched my brother-in-law try his hand at dating a few years after his wife passed. I thought to myself about how hard it must be to start over. Bam! Colin was born. Colin is a widow taking care of his preteen son and keeping busy as a surgeon. The ideas rolled from there.


Rose: What is your favorite line from one of your books?

Melinda: "It's just us, Hope. You don't need to worry what others are thinking. Just be you and I'll be me."


Rose:  What started you on the road to writing romance?

MelindaI have been an avid romance reader since I was thirteen. While on maternity leave with my littlest, I decided I should try writing what I read. Luckily I did! What I love the most is that I love what I do. It’s fun. I enjoy it. It’s not something I dread. My dream is to become a full-time writer in the near future.


Rose: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?

MelindaHarlequin Superromance, Prize Passage by Dawn Stewardson. I still remember picking up the book in the grocery store. It was the first Harlequin I read and I think it really stuck with me because it made me realize I wasn’t the only romantic out there. Also, it was way more than the young adult books I read and it intrigued me! 


RoseAre you a pantzer or plotter?

Melinda: Total pantzer who tries to plot and it never quite turns out how I originally planned. 


Rose What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?

Melinda: Pride and Prejudice, Any Jill Shalvis book and the Bible. Quite a mix, right?


Rose: Name two blogs you read everyday.

Melinda: I’m a huge fan of HarlequinJunkie and I also read Writer’s Words of Widsom every day, which is a blog I participate in on Tuesdays.


Rose: Describe your workspace.

Melinda: Most of the time it’s on my bed, in my comfort zone. I also have an office that is shared with the other three men in my house, so it’s not very comfortable. 


Rose:  Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?

Melinda: I have several books that take place in New York that I’m hoping to make a series called MOMENTS IN TIME. I’ve never been to New York, so that’s at the top of my list. 


Rose: If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?

Melinda: I originally wanted to be a Political Campaign writer. I know, crazy, right? But I love politics and writing, so why not mix the two? I was a Poli Sci and Communications major in college and my dream was to work in PR, so I think I could do that too. If those didn’t work out, a nice quiet library would be nice!


Rose:  What do you do when you are not writing?

Melinda: Read. I read far too much and it takes away from my writing time. Besides that, I enjoy blogging and social networking.


RoseBest and worst part of being a writer.

Melinda: I love having the opportunity of sharing my work with others. I’ve also met a great community of other writers and readers, which has added so much to my life. The worst part of writing is the rejection. It makes you second guess yourself as a writer and de-motivates you. I have had to learn ways to deal with it, because even the best receive rejections!


RoseWhat was the best piece of advice given to you?

Melinda: Keep writing. Write, write, write! 







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