Welcome to the first official installment of the Summer Spotlight Series.
First up is Melanie from mnbernardbooks. I asked Melanie to be first because she was actually the inspiration for this series. We were having a conversation and I just had so many questions for her. I thought that everything that I was learning from her was really cool, and thought that maybe other people would want to hear it too. So here we are!
Let’s start by telling me about yourself.
Hi, I’m Melanie! I’m an author, blogger, ex-mad scientist, and a plethora of other things.
Tell me a bit about your blog and why you started it.
It was intended to be an author blog and then slowly switched to books and then discussions. It expanded over time to something I never would have imagined 3 years ago, but I have met so many amazing people because of it.
I personally love your discussion posts. For the bloggers who don’t know you, how would you sum up the topics you discuss?
I mainly discuss literary topics, such as books, tropes, and genres, as well as aspects of writing. Occasionally I will branch out into non-literary topics if there is something that catches my eye or lights my frustration. Many of them are controversial (because I don’t believe anything should be taboo) and they are meant to initiate conversations. They are meant to start a dialogue.
You’ve mentioned writing a couple of times so far, can you tell us more about your writing?
My writing. Uh-huh sure. Okay..
I am a published horror author (which I never intended to get into until my friend told me I should because of my particular writing style. Haha!) And I am also an aspiring science fiction novelist.
Are horror and sci-fi the only genres you write? Do your writing genres reflect the type of books that you read?
Uh… Well, I… may write some other genres in my spare time. cough
Horror and Sci-fi are the only genres I am actively writing at this time and currently looking to become published in. I may branch out in the future if I ever become an established author, but for now I will stick with what I know.
As to reading genres, absolutely not. I read almost everything and some of my favorite books actually sit in the realm of historical fiction.
Oh! I guess I do write dystopians as well, but all my dystopians have enough science fiction in them for sci-fi to be their main genre.
Since you have been published, where can we find your work?
I have a page on my author website where I list my current and future publications and include links to purchase them. Melanienoellbernard.weebly.com/publications
You mentioned being a scientist, does your interest/experience in the science field affect what you read and write at all?
Absolutely. There are certain scientific topics that are over or incorrectly used in fiction and it really bothers me because, for many readers, that will be their only source of knowledge. Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean you can make it all up as you go, especially when it is real-life or based off science. Personally, I strive to make my science fiction as realistic or true as possible, and I consult friends who know more than I do to do just that.
You also have a YouTube Channel. What got you into making videos?
My YouTube channel was a way to make my voice more clear. I wasn’t sure my voice was coming though in my blog discussions (and I’ve always wanted a YouTube channel) so I started making videos. Poorly. With bad lighting. And very stilted. Haha! But we all gotta start somewhere, yeah?
Looks like you have another work being published soon, can you tell us about it?
My upcoming publicaton is entitled Dirge and is part of an anthology where each of the 100 stories in only 100-words. It will be my second horror publication.
Can you give us hint to what Dirge is about?
All you need to know is in the title. A dirge is a piece of music commonly associated with a funeral.
We’ve reached the end of the interview, would you like to add anything else about yourself, your blog or….anything?
Ummm… I’m recruiting for my army?
Of mad scientists?
Hahaha! Mad Scientists don’t openly recruit, Rae. Psha! No, they must be far more secretive in their gatherings lest the officials get wind of them.
On the other hand, I am actively recruiting for my reader army. Anyone who signs up for my newsletter also has the opportunity to sign up to be a beta reader for my future works of fiction. But we get more fancy than that because I’m calling my army A Murder of BetaReaders.
If you would like to join Melanie’s Murder of BetaReaders click here.
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