Meet The Author Moment With Melanie Robertson-King / @RobertsoKing / @JaniceHorton / #LLm

It’s time for another Meet The Author Moment! This month Melanie Robertson King is up! Read on to learn more about her…

The Interview

Melanie Robertson King 2[AC]: Are your stories based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

[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!

Author: Melanie Robertson-King
A Shadow In the Past

A Shadow In the Past

Sarah Shand is a nineteen-year old who finds herself thrust back into the past where she struggles to keep her real identity secret from a society that is put off by her strange comments and ideas, not to mention the forwardness in her speech and actions, More info →
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The Consequences Collection

The Consequences Collection

The Consequences Collection is an eclectic compilation of twelve stories ranging from non-fiction through creative non-fiction to pure fiction, in prose and poetry. More info →
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Tim’s Magic Christmas

Tim’s Magic Christmas

For Tim Frost, Christmas 2011 is a washout. No Santa. No presents. Nothing. His father lost his job when the mill closed and now the family is on the verge of losing their home. A chance encounter with Nick Kringle, a modern-day Santa Claus teaches Tim that the greatest gift you receive is the gift of giving. More info →
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The Secret of Hillcrest House

The Secret of Hillcrest House

Sometimes there's more to a house than bricks and mortar. Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the side porch. Even stranger events take place within its four walls. Rumour has it, the original owners, Asher and Maggie Hargrave, never left their beloved home. They claim the couple and their family are responsible for driving people away. Over the years, Hillcrest House has changed hands numerous times. No one stays long. Renovations begin then stop and the house is once more abandoned. The latest in this long line of owners is Jessica Maitland. Will Jessica be the next one to succumb or will she unravel the mystery of the haunting of Hillcrest House? More info →
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