It’s time for another Meet The Author Moment! This month Melanie Robertson King is up! Read on to learn more about her…
[MK]: I have to say yes and no. Some of my stories are based on fact or around an actual event, but not from my life or starring any one person I know but an amalgamation of a number of people.
My short story, Always a Home Girl, in my anthology The Consequences Collection is the story of a young girl sent to Canada from the UK during the child migration movement. My father was one of the roughly 100,000 children sent out to Canada. Although, he died when I was young, he never hid that fact like so many of these children did. I used some of his stories and others that I’d heard from descendants of other “Home Children” to come up with my main character, Elizabeth McIntosh.
[AC]: What books have most influenced your life most?
[MK]: I read such an eclectic range of books, it’s really hard to pinpoint a few that stand out above the others. Influenced my life? If you mean my writing life, I’ve always either spent my time writing or talking about being a writer so I’m going to blame that on the Nancy Drew series of books. I spent a lot of time at the local library growing up and that was one of the series of books I devoured.
[AC]: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
[MK]: Hands down, it would be Maggie Jagger from the Ottawa chapter of RWA. She’s been extremely helpful along the way and offers services to newbies like I was at the time.
[AC]: What book are you reading now?
[MK]: This will likely sound daft but I’m reading my own (the sequel to A Shadow in the Past) and summarizing it chapter by chapter so I can write the synopsis. I don’t outline or any of that organized stuff. I more or less fly by the seat of my pants although, I usually start by writing the end of the book. At least that way, I know where I have to end up and it’s an adventure getting there. Subject to the title being changed by my publisher, it’s currently known as Shadows from her Past.
[AC]: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
[MK]: Angela Marsons. I love to read crime set in the UK and her debut novel, Silent Scream did it for me. I’ve bought her second book and have pre-ordered number 3 in the series.
Fabulous! Read on to learn more about Melanie’s books!
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