Today I got to interview my friend and YA Author, Melissa Andrea!
When did you first decide you wanted to write?
In high school. After reading one of my mom’s romance novels, I was hooked! Reading, writing, all of it! I couldn’t get enough; it was an addiction, my passion. I will ever be a writer, even if I never publish another book after Flutter. (I hope I do though haha!)
Was it scary the first time you put your work out there?
Well my first story was a children’s book I wrote in High School for a contest. I don’t remember being scared actually, haha. I was confident that I was going to win. Nobody else in my class was as excited about the project as I was, so nobody else put as much thought in their story as I did. I won!
What is your favorite genre to write?
I’ve started a romance book and a YA contemporary, but I think I really like YA Fantasy.
What was your favorite subject in school, was it English?
Yep! It was the only subject I did really well in, haha. I also liked my dance class.
Do you have a favorite author?
I do, Sandra Brown! I LOVE her! I have all of her books and I adore every story!
Did you go to school to become a writer?
I didn’t, but I might take a class or two in the future.
What did you learn from writing/ publishing your first novel?
Wow, so much! There will be a lot of things I do differently with book 2 in Flutter, The Discovery Series. I haven’t published yet, but I am sure there will be a few things for me to learn from that too!
How did you get into writing?
I think I got it from my mom. She used to tell us stories, which she would make up before we went to bed. I think it kind of stuck with me. My first story I wrote in high school, about an ant who dreamt he could be anything he wanted to be! I won a contest for that story, so I’m pretty proud of that.
What is your process?
I don’t really have a process. Honestly, most of the story comes to me as I’m writing. I tried having an outline with Flutter, but most everything got changed as the chapters were written and scenes developed!