Our feature on author is on Melanie Milburne this week. She has a new book out this month, Forbidden Until Their Snowbound Night (Weddings Worth Billions Book 3). And there's a Kindle book giveaway to one commenter!
Melanie Milburne writes modern romance stories for Harlequin Mills and Boon. Her love affair with romance novels began when she read her first romance at the age of seventeen and it inspired a dream to one day become a romance author. With over 95 books in print and several industry awards and nominations for her work, Melanie enjoys crafting contemporary romance stories from her home in Hobart in beautiful Tasmania, where she lives with her husband and fur family of two dogs and two cats.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by life and all its ups and downs. There are stories everywhere if you have a creative mindset. I am inspired by the strength and healing power of love, which is why I love writing romance. Love and emotional growth is the heartbeat of romance.
What is your favorite genre and why?
I like to read romance but not always when I’m in the middle of writing a book. I read a lot of nonfiction these days, especially psychology and books on parenting. There is so much still to learn about life and who we are as people and why we are the way we are. And the good news is- just like in a romance novel- we, like the characters, are capable of change.
Share a bit about your writing process.
My writing process has undergone a change over the last 15 or so books. I do a lot more fleshing out and planning before I start. I sketch in key scenes or events that need to take place but I still mostly let the creative magic happen as I write. I don’t like being hemmed in too tightly but I also like a light scaffold to point me in the right direction.
Tell us about your book...
Forbidden Until Their Snowbound Night is a book about an idealistic virgin who has a checklist for her perfect partner, and a cynical and traumatically damaged playboy hero who has no intention of ever falling in love. I guess you can guess what happens, but this was a particularly difficult book to write due to Drake’s past. I hope you enjoy how I handled such a difficult background and cheer for him as he finds healing in Aerin’s love.