May 20, 2013

Contemporary: Time Changes Everything @melindadozier #RLFblog

Melinda Dozier, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Time Changes Everything.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Cover artist: Ashley Christman
Length: 40,000 words
Heat rating: Spicy
Blurb:
Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn't want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he's a sexy, big shot lawyer.
Jake Edwards isn't interested in commitment. He's successful, sexy, and single--and that's how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he's ready to give her his heart?
Buy links: To be provided on release date
Author website for info: http://melindadozier.com

What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Amanda Larson, 26, Fashion Buyer at Macy's
Jake Edwards, 27, Sports Contracts Lawyer

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
There are a few things I do as a newbie author that are important. First, take a deep breath and relax. The author world can be overwhelming, but it is also so much fun, if you stop and smell the roses. Second, I have a critique group. Since I live in a Spanish speaking country, I find it difficult to connect with other writers. So, I joined an online group and found other established authors as critique partners. This is vital for an author. Other people see your work through different eyes. Third, an author should establish an online presence through a website, blog, social media like Twitter or Facebook. Readers will search you out using these outlets. You can also meet other fabulous writers and learn a tremendous amount of information.
What websites do you visit daily?
I'm addicted to Twitter. I don't know why. I don't know how. It just happened. No matter what time of day, I get on and something cheers me up, interests me, teaches me or amazes me. The best fun I've had all year!
What do you enjoy most about writing?
My characters take me to places and experience life in ways that I never have. This is what I love the most – living through them. I'm a hopeless romantic, so sharing a kiss, visiting a distant city, working a job I never imagined I could do, bungee jumping can all take place in my mind. It's almost as if I was there!
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
My favorite contemporary romance author is Jill Shalvis, so to have her guidance would be a dream. She has the perfect mix of romance, spiciness, humor and sarcasm. Everything I love!
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Lots and lots of coffee. Good thing I live in Guatemala, a coffee-producing country.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Yes! I never use real names, but there are times when something happens that is too good to pass up. I think "I've got to use that in my book." I also use names of people I know. For example, Jake's law firm is uses the last names of my sister - Snell, Marlow and Grimes.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I've been teaching for 17 years and I love it. I don't think I could give it up. Other jobs in my past include PR work, a paralegal and waitressing in college.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
This question makes me laugh. I never take a break from writing – or reading for that matter. I am always writing in some way, be it writing a chapter, a scene, plotting, thinking about scenes, editing, blogging, guest blogging. It never ends. But, I always read – every day – usually at night in bed. Most of what I read is contemporary romance and occasionally young adult (since I teach middle school). My automatic buy authors include: Jill Shalvis, Shannon Stacey, Ruthie Knox and Susan Mallery.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
My dream vacation would be a romantic trip to New York City with my hubby. I've never been, which is ironic because Time Changes Everything mainly takes place there. I would pack my sexy underwear, flirty dresses, highest heels and of course my kindle to read on the plane. Will it happen this year? Wait and see.
What good book have you read recently?
I just finished reading On the Island by Tracy Garvis-Graves and I absolutely loved it. In fact, I plan on rereading it again soon. The characters got to me – you know their kind, the ones you can't stop thinking about once you finish the book.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
My name is Melinda Dozier and I'm a Farmville addict. It's no secret that I love computer games and apps. However, it's been a year since hubs intervened between my Farmville habit. I'm a proud survivor. Nowadays, I play Words with Friends, Draw Something, and Song Pop.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with the works.
I'm always ready for a new episode of The Bachelor.
When I'm alone, I savor the silence.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm actually quite shy.
If I had a halo it would be put on backwards, because that's just the way I am.
If I could rewind my life I'd spend more time listening to my Dad's stories.
I can never read Nicholas Sparks because I end up a blubbering mess for days.

Melinda Dozier
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