Today we welcome Melanie D. Snitker to my blog. Melanie, tell us about the book – a brief blurb:
Finding Grace is the sixth and last book in the Love’s Compass series. For Tyler, falling in love is a risk he shouldn’t take. Too bad chance encounters and his stubborn heart keep trying to convince him otherwise. After escaping a nightmarish relationship, Beth Davenport is content with her safe and blessedly normal life. Yet something about Tyler and his adorable daughter makes her wish for more. Can they let go of their fear and trust God to lead them to the love they desperately need?
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I do scan through my reviews on Amazon, but rarely look at them on Goodreads. I never respond to a review, though, whether it’s good or bad. There have been some bad reviews that stung, but I try to remember that even the great books out there-the classics-have received their fair share of horrible reviews. As with everything else, bad always comes with the good. I find the easiest way to deal with them is to just scan the reviews once a week or less, rather than stalking them every day.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
There are a number of authors that have helped me over the last four years. It’s nearly impossible to choose just one person, but if I had to, I would say Victorine E. Lieske. Her advice on book covers, writing to my genre, and promotional tips have been incredibly helpful!
What book are you reading now?
I just finished Shanna Hatfield’s latest book, Chasing Christmas, this morning. It was a great story that kept me up reading way too late (or should I say early). LOL I love all her books, and this newest title didn’t disappoint!
What books have most influenced your life most?
This is a hard one for me because the answer varies. When I was a child, the Narnia series inspired imagination. As a teen, the Zion Chronicles by Bodie Thoene captured my attention, and I couldn’t get enough of those books. Finally, it was reading books by Lori Wick and Janette Oke that inspired me to write inspirational romance novels.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Lori Wick is my favorite author. I love everything about her stories! They combine the best of romance, humor, detailed storylines, and well-developed characters. Every time I read one of her books, it inspires me to write better. While I’ve enjoyed all of her books, The Princess and the Royal Wedding Series are my favorites.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I don’t know about new, but I also enjoy reading books from Karen Witemeyer, Crystal Walton, Katy Huth Jones, and so many more!
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
I would probably be doing some kind of graphics work or honing my photography skills. Thankfully, between God’s graces and my husband’s support, I’m able to do exactly what I’ve always wanted to do: Stay at home with our two kids, homeschool them, and write in my spare time.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am in the editing process for Finding Grace. Tyler and Beth’s story was so much fun to write. It also gave me the opportunity to visit with previous characters in the series, give some updates, and tie up a few loose ends. It’s also been a bittersweet experience as I say goodbye to these characters that have been a huge part of my life for nearly three years now.
I also have another book, Marrying Mandy, that is a contemporary marriage of convenience story. It’ll be out early this winter.
I’m only now starting to outline my next project, so I don’t have much to share on that yet.
What book do you wish you could have written?
I would have to say The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I know, that’s more than one book, but you can’t really have any one of them without the others!
Share your bio, links for social media and to buy:
Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out creating episodes of cartoon shows she wanted to see as a child, and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children, who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs, who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crocheting, baking, and hanging out with family and friends.
Direct link to the Love’s Compass Series: