Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Born In 1982, a native to Lorain ohio, Melisa grew up living with her grandparents Frances and James Lasure. She attended Clearviw High Scholl as well as Lorain County J.V.S. While in J.V.S she attend the Culinary Arts program graduating in 2001.
In 2003 she welcomed the addition of her daughter Chyenne. Who inspired her to start to put her dreams to paper. A story she wrote after her daughter’s birth, although not published, became the stepping stone to everything else she would eventually write.
In 2011 near tragedy struck as Melisa’s health began to decline. By summer of 2011 she would need to use a cane to get around. Suffering a stroke she required a craniotomy where she suffered her second stroke. Leaving her with a partial impairment of her speech, and weakness on her right side. After surgery she would need to learn not only to walk again, but speak as well as recognize the alphabet.
Two years later in the fall of 2013 after a divorce, she would meet the man who would push her not only to fight to regain her physical strength but to put her creative mind to work. No longer allowing her to dwell on what she could no longer do but what she could.
In December of 2014 they would marry. With determination Melisa would walk down the aisle without the need of a cane.
A year later she would begin to write “Of Lite and Darke” Dreaming to see this work through to publishing, even if she would need to publish it herself.
Tell us about your books.
Lives entwine sometimes things or parents do come back to hurt their children. And Sometimes those hurts make them stronger.
Eighteen years ago Nisha lost both of her parents to a tragic fire. Or at least that is what she had been told. Something always felt wrong about the story. Something off to the point that it didn’t make sense yet no one had ever wanted to believe her.
Not when she became Queen of the Under Kingdom when she was barely thirteen. Not When her powers started to grow to frightening results. No she had decided after she was crowned the Queen of Darke as her mother had planned then she would find all the answer that she wanted… regardless of who or what stood in her way.
How did you go about getting published?
I did diy- publishing by Booksamillion
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I usually write when everyone is sleeping. With my daughter home schooled most of my day is devoted to her and my husband.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When not writing I’m either reading something by one of my favorite authors or cooking.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Let the cover entice your reader. A good cover is more captivating then just the title and a solid color.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Find as many places as you can to market your book. You don’t have to pay big money to reach your audience. Be smart and reach out by social media and places that have a huge following. You never know who is watching those sites and will point you to somewhere else.
What’s your favorite book?
The Black Jewles Novels.
What are you reading now?
Friday With the Wizards by Jessica Day George. A know it’s a bit silly but it gives my mind a chance to rest.
What’s your next book project?
The next project will be the prequel to Of Lite and Darke. Taking place about three thousand years before this book takes place.
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