I recently interviewed an Amazon Bestseller, Melissa Bell.
Me: Tell us about your experience as a bestselling author?
Melissa: I was really surprised when the second series I released made it onto the Amazon Bestsellers list for Paranormal/ Thriller, Suspense, Mystery/Were-Shifters. In 2014, I published Houston ~ Book #1 but it took the release of Felan ~Book #2 to push them both into the top #100 in their categories. All in all, they spent about 6 weeks in the Best Sellers lists. Houston made it to a top position of #4 and was keeping company with Anne Rice and Dean Koontz. While Felan was on a different list competing with Charlaine Harris (Author of True Bloods –Sookie Stackhouse Famed Series) That in itself was a huge thing for me to be included with the likes of these well-known authors. Felan reached a top position of #10 and fought the good fight for several weeks to stay in the top 25, (Mind you the top 18 positions were owned by Sookie) so I can’t complain. When I released Tate ~ Book #3, I was over the moon to see that all three of the ‘Five Brothers Series’ made it into the top #100 and remained there for around 8 weeks. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that they all revisit the Best Sellers List when I release ‘Channon’ ~ Book #4 later in 2015.
I have just released ‘Defying Death’ Book #4 in my ‘Dutiful Gods Series’ and took up the challenge to be part of the EROS ~ Indie Erotic Author Challenge 2015 where I wrote a Sci-Fi/Post-Apocalyptic Erotic short story called ‘2113’. After receiving such a great response to my short story and fans begging me to expand on it, I will be looking at working on it later in the year.
Me: Can you give us any spoilers for your upcoming releases?
Melissa: I am presently working on ‘The Therapist’ (The attached is the unedited first chapter)THE THERAPIST
~ Warning: Contains strong language and Explicit Sexual content intended for 18+ Adult audiences only
Me: What advice might you give beginning writers especially for those interested in writing in your specific genre/genres?
Melissa: I would probably encourage new writers to stick to what they know, and love. Use their own life experiences to help build worlds. Look at it from the angle of ‘is it a book that you would like to read yourself? Is it relatable?’ I often surprise myself when I reread a novel I wrote a couple of months ago or a year ago. I think if you can read it as though reading it for the first time then you have accomplished what you set out to do.
Me: Tell us about your experience with marketing books. What works and what doesn’t?
Melissa: I am still in the process of figuring all that out, I have managed to meet some awesome people on Facebook that help to promote me and my books. The time taken to find fans of your work is well worth it in the end. Don’t be disheartened by the fact that only a small percentage of readers leave a review, but spread the word every time someone does by saying thank you. Those everyday people who take the time out of their busy days to write a review or rate your book in my opinion are my ‘RockStars.’
Amazon book description Defying Death: “Death has been infatuated with the witch Vanessa McDuffie since the first day he met her. Vanessa knows he wants her, but she’s not ready to belong to Death. How long will he tolerate her running from him before he takes matters into his own hands and into his realm?”
Destiny’s Fate ~ Book #1
Even Destiny is not immune to the manipulation of the Universe, who just happens to be his mother. Will Destiny finally see his fate in the eyes of Zandra? With the energy sizzling between the sheets until reality reclaims Zandra. Destiny is blind unable to see outside his realm, he’s bored, lonely and beginning to dread his duties. Until he discovers an unconscious woman on his couch. He has no idea where she came from or how she got there, but he wants to keep her. What lengths is he willing to go to make that happen? Is he willing to enter her world? With his mother determined to have her way, the universe will become the story of what you see isn’t always what you get. Zandra wakes on a couch in the biggest library she has ever seen, she can’t remember where she is, how she got there or even her own name. She is easily distracted by Destiny, the man of her dreams.
Taming Destruction ~ Book #2
Destruction is the master of his realm, the creator of Natural Disasters from erupting volcanoes to raging tsunamis, shattering earthquakes and devastating hurricanes.
Megan is a woman who has already lost everything, her mother, her father, and the man she loved, the man she was supposed to spend her life with. Megan now stands to lose anything she has left, her family home, and her mother’s craft shop. There is a cyclone, hovering off the coast, getting closer and closer by the minute.
What will happen when Destruction meets Megan, will he destroy her too.
Can Megan see past Destruction’s duty, to see the man behind the damage and ruin he causes? Will Destruction let Megan close enough to see there is more to him than meets the eye? ‘Taming Destruction’ is the second book in the ‘Dutiful Gods Series’.
Morpheus’s Dream ~ Book #3
Morpheus is the Lord of Dreams; he’s bored and lonely. He knows that his brothers Destiny and Destruction have found they’re happy ever after within the human realm. When he controls the sleeping world, can he find the one female that stands out above all others in time to save your sanity?
Cheval is a part time Graphic Designer and part time Artist, who uses her dreams to inspire her creativity. What happens when she finds the perfect man in her dreams, can a woman get too much sleep when it’s in the arms of a tall, dark, stranger.
Defying Death ~ Book #4
Death has been infatuated with the witch Vanessa McDuffie since the first day he met her. Vanessa knows he wants her, but she’s not ready to belong to Death. How long will he tolerate her running from him, before he takes matters into his own hands and into his realm?
Death is the Reaper of Souls; he collects the essence of the dead. To keep his compassion he must live a human life for up to a week, to know what it is like to experience death firsthand. Everyone will meet him one day; nobody can outrun their own mortality.
Vanessa is the one female that Death will never take against her own free will. Can she avoid his capture and does she really want to?
Five Brothers Series:
Houston ~ Book #1
Houston and his brothers are looking for a fresh start, can they make a go of it with ‘Five Brothers Security’ in Queensland, Australia. Houston, an ex-federal agent, meets Cameron a police detective that has just transferred back to the area. The two join forces to work a difficult case. Is it possible there could be more than meets the eye, Houston is tall, dark, handsome and cursed?
Cameron is a strong independent woman; she’s had to fight hard to get her detectives shield in a male dominated world. Should she trust Houston to help her with the case that could make or break her career?
Felan ~ Book #2
Felan is a shy, but handsome computer geek. What he can’t do with a computer, simply can’t be done. When his brothers relocate to Queensland Australia from the USA to make a fresh start, he decides to go with them. Give him computer forensics, program design, research (hacking), and he’s got it covered. But when he sees Elizabeth Crane celebrating with a group of friends, she ignites an uncontrollable fire in his blood and he is left to figure out how he can use his skills to track her down and make her his own.
Elizabeth Crane would give anything to avoid going out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. She’s not into the clubbing scene, but no-one would have foretold how one night out with the girls would change her life…..forever.
Tate ~ Book #3
Jasmine is a strong independent woman, but when her father – Australian Senator Adam Winters receives threats. He decides to hire ‘Five Brothers Security’ to protect his daughter. She finds her world turned upside down and inside out when she becomes the target of a terrorist group. The trouble is who will protect her from Tate?
Tate is assigned to protect the Senator’s daughter, and if there is one thing he really hates it’s babysitting.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Bell/e/B00PC90RIE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1