Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Fun Author Interview with Chrissy Peebles

Let's learn about the "FUN" side of Melisa Hamling. She is the cool author of Twenty Weeks.

Welcome to "FUN" Interviews, Melisa. Please tell me about your book.

* Twenty Weeks is my debut novel.
* To sum it up in less than twenty words:
An unplanned pregnancy. A friend's devastation. Maya's life teeters on a single decision. Will she get a second chance?

What's your next project?

*Working on an Adult Romance Novel: Of Love and Deception.

Excerpt: ~From conception to deception~
Daniella believed her life was on track. She was married to the wonderful Cruz Canton who wooed her, charmed her and surprised her with gifts and roses. He’d had something delivered to her workplace daily. He didn’t give up until she finally agreed to go on a date with him. Sure, he was handsome, delicious even. Okay! He was damn hot.

Meg and Falcon Landers, longtime friends of Cruz, and now Daniella, were more like family. Trust was never an issue . . . or was it? Daniella would soon learn the truth about the man who wooed her, the man she loved, the man she once swore ‘til death do us part’ to.

The beloved Cruz Canton. A man she no longer knew. Friends she no longer knew. Daniella was left with disturbing questions—why? And why now? They were finally pregnant. Their best friends were the reason she was able to conceive Cruz’s much wanted child, but they were now the knife that twisted in Daniella’s heart.

Daniella wasn’t about to give up until she got the answers she deserved to know. She’d get more than she bargained for and left with a deeper, darker question. Who’s child was carrying?

Choose a movie title for the story of your life.

I'll get back to yah on this one!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To ZAP all the creepers out of the world! Make it a cleaner and safer place, especially for our children.
If I came to your home and looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?

Psh! That's anyone's guess! Nah. Nothing rotten if that's what you're after. Though I do hate cleaning it!

If you can be a Disney character, who would you be and why?
Snow White! Then I'd poison all the wicked witches? No, no. Probably Cinderella. So I could ride off on that white horse with a good looking cartoon character. ;) Oh, wait! I'd want to be a mighty King! The Lion King, an all-time favorite!
If you were a tree, what would you be?

Why, a weeping willow. Love those trees.
What mythical creature would you want to be?

Um… hmm. Well, I'd want to be Sam from Laurie Starkey's 'Soul Keeper'. She really needs to publish it!
You were bitten by a vampire, now what? (Or werewolf)

He'd better be a smashingly good looking vampire or I'd have to kill him with a stake! Haven't seen any good-looking werewolves lately. ;0

If you could choose to be any food, what would it be?

Cucumbers! Cool, crisp and delicious. Could be turned into a pickle.

What is Eskimo ice?

Eek! At first guess, I'd have to assume it is homemade ice cones… you know, the yellow kind. (Ewe!)

Do you like Tom or Jerry?

Jerry ! Wait! No Tom… oh whichever one is the mouse!

You are being chased by Godzilla, what do you do?

Hi five? You think that'll work?
What will you do if you have a time machine?

Well, I sure wouldn't want to go back into my own past, but I'd travel back to B.C. and visit King David and his wives. How awesome would that be?!
How many licks does it take to get to the middle of a tootsie pop

NONE! I bite it in half and suck out the tootsie! ;)

Why am I asking you these questions?
Because you like me!

If you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be?

Oh lord! Star Trek? Why star Trek! Oh wait! I see Star Wars too! I'd be Princess Lea of course.
What is your favorite movie (song)?

Too many favorite movies, but I'd have to say Titanic tops my list. I love chic flicks! (Celine Dion for music).

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Absolutely . . . NOT. I'm pretty sure acting is not in the stars for me!
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
If you could take five things to a deserted island, what would you take?
LAPTOP! Purse. Casual outfit. Swimsuit. Big blanket.
Sing in the rain or dance in the streets?

Singing in the rain…as long as nobody is around.

What comes first, Chicken or Egg?

Old McDonald had a farm and he had a chicken on that farm who laid an egg? Chicken!

What holiday would you invent to get a day off work?

Just a day? Boo. How about Author's day?!
What is the best thing you have dressed up as for Halloween?

Oh boy! Gene from KISS! LOL!

Do you like your handwriting?


Do you have a best friend?

More than one.

What are you afraid of?

Pitch black.
Do you have nicknames?

Ha. Depends on who you ask. Family or co-workers! Or patients!
Family called me Liss when I was young. Co-workers picked up a name a patient calls me. Do you really want to know? Ok. Mediterranian goddess! LOL. (and we call each other hooker names=o)
What is something you cannot live without?

My hubby, kids, and laptop!

What music are you listening to?

Variety. Depends on what I am writing. Love the 70's (streisand, newton-john, ect) 80's and 90's rock!
What is your middle name?


When is your birthday?
June 30th. Summertime!

What will you do to celebrate your next birthday?

Nada. Not a big deal for me.
What is your favorite holiday?

They are over rated and for many, financial burdens.
How many brothers and sisters do you have?

1 sister, 1 brother. 1 father and 1 mother.

Where does your family live?

Brighton, Lakewood, Littleton, Colorado. And San Antonio, Texas.

Where do you live?
The good life, so they say. How about this: Husker Fan! Can you guess? State has a great love and support for their college football team. Where am I?
What are your favorite foods?

Mexican and Italian.
What are some foods you dislike?

Fruit bread! Who came up with such a horrible tasting bread? And I hate pumpernickel.

Have you ever gone cow-tipping?

Heck no.

What's your worst pet peeve?

People who chomp with their mouths open or talk when eating. Or blow their noses at the table! (Yeah, I know someone who does that) Gross.
Do you do dance crazy when no one is looking?

Ha=ha! Oh yeah!

Do you like to sing in the shower?

Not really, but I like to sing in the car.
At the beach would you rather play in the sand, or play in the water?

Water, without a doubt!

Do you think people should eat the fish they catch, or just let them go?

Depends on the size of the fish.
Do you scream on roller coasters? Do you lift up your hands?

Pen or pencil?

Pencil. I like to draw.
Favorite day of the week?

Saturday. Don't have to think about work the following day.

Favorite Sundae topping?

Chocolate and butterscotch. YUM.

Do you play a musical instrument?

Not since middle school. Played the flute and piccolo.

Movies or TV?

Used to watch Discovery Health until it turned OWN. But I watch that sometimes. I like Oprah. I watch Dr. Oz on my half days off. He's cool. And Judge Judy! Hoot!

McDonalds or Burger King and why?

Gag to both… other than the fruffy coffee! Whip cream and chocolate on top.

Which storybook/cartoon character do you like the most?

Little Critters! They are funny and cute!
Do you have quirky habits?

Nada. My brother and sister inherited those genes.

That was a "FUN" interview. Thanks, Melisa for visiting "FUN" Interviews on The Purple Brick Road. It was a pleasure to have you.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

UNABLE to leave comments!

Okay all bloggers! If any of y'all are having problems leaving comments, getting a message that says YOU ARE UNATHORIZED TO LEAVE COMMENTS UNDER THIS LOG-IN, then try this:

LOG OUT, then before you log in again, UNcheck the little box that says 'Keep me signed in' !

That worked for me! AFTER 4 days of getting so pissed off that I was about to delete my blogger account! ;)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Author Interview

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1. What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?

Melisa Hamling. Born in Soiux City, Iowa but didn’t live there long. I lived most of my youth in Colorado, then moved to Nebraska in my late teens. I have lived here with my husband and three daughters since.

2. What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?

Twenty Weeks is my debut novel aimed at teens, preferably fifteen and above. To summarize in less than twenty words . . . something I am terrible at! But, I’ll do my best.

An unplanned pregnancy. A friend's devastation. Maya's life teeters on a single decision. Will she get a second chance?

3. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

The plans are already in action. I am currently working on an adult romance novel. And loving it!

Twenty Weeks is solo. I do have a trilogy, Finding Forever, which is in rough draft, but I do intend to complete the editing and final book after I finish my current novel (WIP).

4. How long have you been writing, and who or what inspired you to write?

In my head, I’ve been writing all my life. Ha! But I really started my journey in 2007. My biggest inspiration are people, all types and ages. I like to speak to the heart, trigger numerous emotions, and in the end, I hope I’ve left my readers satisfied.

I have a lot of future ideas for novels, which have already been plotted out. If only I had more time!

5. Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?

Definitely. I appreciate the time one takes to review my work. It is a gift to an author to have such wonderful people who want to take the time to do reviews.

6. How do you come up with the Title and Cover Designs for your book/books? Who designed the Cover of your books?

The Title for Twenty Weeks came easily. It was the topic on the local news ‘The Nebraska Fetal Pain Law goes into effect’ that sparked the idea, and I knew just what I was going to write about.

I had several ideas for the book cover, but after pondering on them, I came up with a new idea with which is now the cover you see.

I used the very awesome and incredibly talented Willsin Rowe. He sent me a cover art form to fill out and with just a few simple answers, he magically created what was in my head! So, we all know who I’ll be using for my upcoming book covers. ;)

7. Have you ever based characters on people you know or based events on things that have happened to you?

I can’t say that I’ve ever based a character off anyone I know. I do, however use characteristics of people I know personally. The trilogy I wrote is based in a world, a hidden place, that I would love to live in and be the main character. The greatest joy in writing is building your own world and living in the eyes of the characters we create. Reading a great novel can do the same thing.

8. Is there a certain Author that influenced you in writing?

No. There are many great authors, but as of lately, I only want to read and support new writers. And I can tell you I have read some pretty good stuff!

9. Which format of book do you prefer, ebook,hardback, or paperback?

That’s easy! All three! I love ebooks because I can get it on demand. Paperback makes a better gift and I prefer it. Hardback is best for a collectible or a series. So there is something good to say for each format.

10. What is your favourite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?

Well geesh! I have lot’s of favorites. There is one book that gripped me enough that I had to put the book down (to weep!). A Child called IT. It was horrible and amazing. Horrible that anyone should suffer the way David Peltzer did. Amazing that he lived to tell, and now has a son of his own.

As of lately, I have been reading independent author’s novels. I am an avid supporter of new writers and recently reading some really great stuff. There are some awesome writers that haven’t published yet and when they do, I’ll be shouting out about their novels.

11. Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favourite/worst book to movie transfer?

Some do, but there are always more details in novels. Stephen King’s books are always more terrifying than the movies produced.

Twilight was a good movie transfer and I never would have read the books had I not seen the movie first.

12. What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? What format is it?(ebook, hardback or paperback)

Holy cow! I have so many! Ok, I’ll list a few I have recently read and loved along with my currently reading novels. ~Not What She Seems by Victorine E. Lieske. ~Tick Tock Run by HC Elliston. ~Rae of Hope by Wanita Mae. ~Agartha’s Castaway by Chrissy Peebles. ~House of Immortal Pleasures by Katie Salidas (naughty but awesome!) My current read is ~Karma and Melodies by Katie Salidas and so far, it’s fantastical! All of the novels/authors listed, are quickly becoming my favorites.

13. Is there a book you know you will never read? Or one you tried to read but just couldn't finish?

Yes. Dare I say which one? Probably not. She is a well-known author, but I couldn’t get past the forth chapter.

14. Are there any New Authors you are interested in for us to watch out for? and Why should we watch out for them?

There are a lot of them! I listed them above but I will mention them again.

Published: Katie Salidas, Wanita Mae, Chrissy Peebles, Victorine E. Lieske, and HC Elliston.

Future/not yet published: Tiaclare, and Veronica Colt. (pen names).

Each has the great ability to draw the reader into their wonderful creations.

15. Is there anything in your book/books you would change now if you could and what would it be?

Nothing comes to mind, so I’d have to say no, other than the trilogy, which I can still change the things I feel need to be changed.

16. What do you think about book trailers?

Love them!

17. What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

Never give up. Write because you love the art of it and not for the idea of getting rich.

18. Do you or would you ever use a pen name?

I don’t believe I would. It’s hard enough to remember usernames and passwords. I’d surely stumble if I used a pen name.

Where can readers follow you?

At the moment, facebook or my blog. I am currently building a website and will post it on facebook and blog when it’s up and ready.

Your blog details?

New to blogging! Beware!

Blog title: Life is . . . Fiction.

Your web site ?

Under construction.

Your facebook page?

Fan page: Twenty Weeks

Your Twitter details?!/melisamhamling

And any other information you wish to supply?

Anyone with further questions or wanting more info can contact me at the above websites.

~I want to personally thank you for taking time and interest to do an author interview with me.

Melisa M Hamling

Thank you for taking the time to take part in this interview and being in the October Giveaway