EK – My message to all the authors: Thank you so very much for being willing to sign up to do this interview. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know you, share your thoughts, and highlight your work.
EK: What is your pen name? Melanie Harlow
- Is it different from the name on your birth certificate?
- How did you come up with your pen name?
Melanie Harlow: Yes. Melanie is SUPER close to my actual first name, and I go by Mel in both worlds. Harlow is a nod to 30s screen star Jean Harlow.
EK: Does your work fit into one genre? If not, tell us about it. If so, do the same.
Melanie Harlow: The Speak Easy Duet is historical romance with elements of suspense. The Frenched Series, Happy Crazy Love series, and Tango Lesson novella are contemporary romance.
EK: What is the title of your most recent or upcoming release?
Melanie Harlow: Some Sort of Love released 2/9/16
EK: What inspired this work?
Melanie Harlow: I met a single dad last fall who talked so lovingly about his son, it inspired the character of Levi. I knew I wanted someone a little older and more settled for Jillian, so the pieces fell into place.
EK: What is your favorite thing about writing?
Melanie Harlow: I really love dialogue. I really love sentence level stuff—finding the right words to convey a thought or feeling or mood. And I love getting into a character’s head and voicing things they’d never say out loud.
EK: Now for the fun stuff …
EK: What is your favorite snack while taking a much needed author break?
Melanie Harlow: COFFEE. I’m not a snacker but I love me some java.
EK: What is one of the craziest things you’ve done in your life?
Melanie Harlow: Oh my stars. I’ve done some goofy things. When I was a teenager (like 17-18) my friends and I used to go over to Canada with fake ID’s because you only had to be 19 to drink there.And once my friend and I went home with two Canadian strippers. Don’t ask.(<- I so want to ask a follow up question.)
EK: The house is on fire, what are you grabbing if your family is safe and sound?
Melanie Harlow: My laptop. My grandmother’s cookbook. My childhood diaries.
EK: What is your “go to” movie, book, or show?
Melanie Harlow: The English Patient (movie), Fortune’s Rocks (book), Mad Men (tv show)
EK: Who is one of your favorite authors? Why?
Melanie Harlow: Liane Moriarty. Her observations about suburban life, marriage, motherhood, and friendship are spot on. Her characters are fantastic, and her ability to weave multiple POVs into one cohesive storyline is amazing.
EK: Bonus => Have you ever read a book that had you questioning why you were having such a reaction to fictional characters? What book was it?
Melanie Harlow: I just read Me Before You and it wrecked me. Will Traynor wrecked me!
EK: Please share your social media links:
Facebook Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/351191341756563/
EK: Please share your purchase links:
Some Sort of Happy http://amzn.to/1OHLQJT
Some Sort of Crazy http://amzn.to/1OaUva0
Some Sort of Love http://amzn.to/1WZK8h5
SPEAK EASY DUET
THE TANGO LESSON
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Thank you to Melanie Harlow for taking the time to answer these questions. You are appreciated.
Come back tomorrow to read what responses author Cathy Jackson gives.