Okay! As promised today is Wednesday which means that today is Writing Wednesday. Thinking about it I might need a new name for this one. I don’t know yet, let me know in the comments below. Any who, back on topic. I would like to introduce you all to Melinda Kucsera who was a fellow collaborator with me on “First Love.” A romance fantasy anthology that was released last year (Wow! It’s almost been a year) and if you’re interested in buying a copy of that volume before volume 2 is released. You can check the link at the bottom of this interview. But for now, let’s get on with the first Interview of the new Decade!
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
Melinda Kucsera writes fantastic short stories, novels, and books when not being kidnapped by dragons or chased by armies of fictional creatures. (We do, on occasion, rescue her.) She leaves the running of her newsletter to a cast of lovable characters who hog her inbox. Enough about her, it’s us you’re really interested in, her cast of characters. Join us every week for a new story by visiting www.mkucsera.com/welcomecharacters
Melinda writes mostly about a young man and his adorable son who might be one of the characters responding to this interview. They adventure together through a fantastic world full of enchanted people and things and take on all kinds of monsters and mayhem. It’s all in a day’s work when you live steps away from an enchanted forest. Oh, and, there’s a portal that connects to your world and gives us characters exclusive access to our scribe whenever we feel an adventure coming on.
Grab the first four books of the Curse Breaker series here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BLNPKNH/
Melinda also writes about a tough woman warrior and her daughter. Get their first epic quest here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZQN571F/
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
Before Melinda’s sister, Carolyn, passed away in 2014, she asked Melinda to publish stories she’d been writing for years. It took Melinda a couple of years, but she published her first book, Curse Breaker: Enchanted (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072PW47JQ) in September 2016.
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
An untitled story about a sorceress, a telepathic horse and a war of magic. Someday, Melinda will revise and publish it.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Ending the story! Characters always want more page time, so they keep doing cool things. Adventures lead to new adventures…it just goes on and on, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out where to split them.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
Melinda writes high/epic fantasy and sword and sorcery books. Her favorite is a story she just finished about a brave family of mind-talking creatures who set out to save their human friend and rescue their littlest member. That story is part of a 23-author trilogy of anthologies publishing this spring. Her story about those cuddly magical creatures features within the first anthology, Hidden Magic. Order your copy now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08274KB9Z/
- Why do you write?
Melinda writes because fictional characters demanding page time. They just walk through a handy portal from fantasy land into her apartment and request another adventure. Melinda never says no, even though characters waltz in and out of her apartment around the clock with requests.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
This one’s a toughie. Melinda is an audiobook addict. So, her favorite author/series changes daily.
- Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that I want to be more of an advocate for it, is there any advice you like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is? (This is an optional question)
Melinda would advise them to keep plugging toward their goals no matter how tough the way becomes or how dark the route. Never give up because life can change in an instant. You never know what tomorrow or the next day or next year will bring. But you’ll never fulfill your goal whatever that goal may be if you don’t take action on it every day. So, keep plugging even if that plugging doesn’t seem to get you anywhere. Sometimes, we can’t see how far we’ve come until we turn a corner and look back. But until you get that corner, you can’t see your progress.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
Melinda is working on a story for Wayward Magic (order your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08274LSJK/), a story for Forgotten Magic (order your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08274FXSZ/), Curse Breaker: Hidden (learn more here: https://melindakucsera.com/curse-breaker-hidden/), and Rogue Ranger (learn more here: https://melindakucsera.com/the-robin-of-larkspur-series/)
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
You should probably not let a group of well-meaning fictional characters title or design your book covers because they have no idea what the market trends are for your chosen genre. Melinda recommends you study what’s selling in your chosen genre and make sure your book and its cover take that into account. You should probably also not let your fictional characters into your inbox either unless you closely monitor what they do in there. Otherwise, they might respond to interview requests like this one without informing their scribe, and that can lead to all kinds of trouble. J
There you have it folks the wonderful Melinda Kucsera. I urge you all to please visit her website as you can learn more about her there. In case you somehow missed it, here’s the link to her website once more. Also, here is the link to “First Love” an anthology that Melinda and I collaborated on early last year. If you’re a sucker for fantasy romance, be sure to get this copy before Volume 2 is released.
Until next time friends, happy reading, writing, or creating whatever it is you’re creating. Have fun doing it and like Woody from Toy Story would say. “Reach for the sky.”