Happy Book Birthday, Melony! Today, 2020 Debut author Melony Teague is here to chat with us about her lovely contemporary romance, A Promise to Keep, and her author journey. Scroll down all of the way to see details on her fabulous book birthday giveaway!
- Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in South Africa and was raised by my grandmother because my parents passed away in two separate car accidents when I was an infant. She was an amazing woman. I met and married my husband, Rory, in South Africa and we moved to Canada in 1999. I’m a mom of two lovely Canadian teens. This year I celebrated 26 years of marriage to my lovely husband who is my greatest support and lets me get on with what I love to do. I love that about him, not all husbands are as supportive of this writing gig. In addition to my fiction, I’m also a freelance writer, so I work for a couple of non-profits doing their communications. Everything else is on hold until after the pandemic is over.
- Tell us a little about your latest book.
A Promise to Keep is a love story about a Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it. Savannah reunites with her high school friend, Michael McCann who was a reckless troublemaker in High school and he’d fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.
Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends leads them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero? Will these two work their issues out and how on earth will they manage any sort of happy ending? I hope readers will enjoy discovering the answer.
- What inspires you?
I love stories with happy conclusions. That’s not to say there isn’t a whole lot of turmoil on the way to that happy ending, but I like strong heroes who see past the superficial. I love quirky characters and exploring the human condition through them, whether that be in what I write, what I read, or watch on screen. I need all the feels! Art, stories, music, whatever it may be, has to move me in some way. I’m sure readers will agree.
- What are some of your favorite books, movies, and/or television shows?
We don’t have cable, so I don’t really watch TV shows. Horrible I know, but I do spend way too much time watching Netflix or You tube, with the occasional movie downloaded from Hoopla (library) when there is nothing else on. Honestly, most of the time I like to read, so I’d rather be doing that. I usually have a cat or two at my feet when I do.
- What does your writing schedule look like?
What is this schedule of which you speak? Just kidding, sort of. I used to have one—before everything got turned upside down and everyone was working and studying from home. We have a tiny house! My client work has stayed on schedule, and increased in many ways. My fiction projects have been a struggle, but there is progress, albeit at a slower pace than what I’m used to. I figure, this whole pandemic thing will eventually pass, so I’m just riding it out as best I can, just like everyone else. We’ll get through it. However, I will say, I used to be a workaholic, so I had to place some boundaries on myself so I do not work all weekend anymore. And evenings are now for family time, creativity and recharging. It works much better that way.
- Any writing rituals or “must-have” conditions?
I don’t have any, but I do like to have a beverage of some sort on my desk at all times. Hot in the winter and cold in the summer. I get distracted easily, so I try to minimize that. It doesn’t always work. I do have to have my little “to do” list crossed off before I can write otherwise I feel stressed that I have outstanding work I should be doing instead. When I’m editing, I like to have instrumental concentration music playing in my earbuds. It helps create background noise.
- Favorite place to write?
This question makes me laugh. I’ve heard of some writers who go and sit in their car so they can have quiet to write. I did that a few times in this last year because everyone was home, all the time! Haha! However, my rule is: write on my laptop (wherever that may end up being) and edit on my desktop. It helps me make the mental shift.
- What are your non-writing hobbies?
What are your non-writing hobbies? Eating chocolate. Does that count? I’m really good at it. I also love to bake and cook. At one point I was a competitive masters swimmer, but I stopped that because I kept on getting sick with sinus infections or bronchitis. I loved it while I did it though. I was a backstroker.
- What are you working on now?
I just finished a little narrated Christmas story, which aired on Christmas eve on You tube and that was fun. You can catch it here. This little snippet will ultimately be part of a novella that will be available to my newsletter subscribers. I’m working on that now. I’m also half way through a manuscript which I hope to pitch this year.
- What are some of your writing dreams for the future?
- Just to keep telling stories that move people.
Thank You, Melony! Be sure to check out A Promise to Keep,
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To celebrate the book birthday, Melony is doing a giveaway. You can enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card (Jan 18 – 22).