Monday, June 2, 2014
Interview and Giveaway The Traveller by Melissa Delport
First and foremost, thank you so much for hosting me! I am delighted to be here.
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
I have written four books and am currently working on my fifth. I am published by Tracey McDonald Publishers and I also indie publish select titles. The genres that I write are dystopian, SFF and contemporary romance. I don’t use any pen names – building one author brand is hard enough without the added effort of promoting different pseudonyms.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
I am currently working on the final book in The Legacy Trilogy, which is being re-released by my publisher in July 2014. The Traveler, my latest release is a sci-fi romance. Rachel met Dex seven years ago and fell head over heels in love with him. He left her devestated but now, Dex is back, and this time he is not alone. He has brought a formidable army – their sole purpose, to conquer Earth. Amidst the chaos of a raging, burning city, Rachel finds Dex, and together they try to end a war that threatens to obliterate mankind.
Are you a mom ?
Am I!! I have three beautiful but naughty children, aged 7, 4 and 2. I adore them, but they keep me busy!
If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?
I did before, when I was still working full time. Now, I am fortunate enough to have a perfect balance. The only time I struggle now is if I am on a deadline.
Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?
Yes, aspects of it. Nothing concrete, but there are similarities that only I would recognize.
Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
That women are strong and capable. All my female leads are courageous and feisty, although they are still feminine.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I don’t like sushi and I can’t walk in heels!
(huh, I don't like sushi either and walking in heels outs my life in jeopardy LOL)
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
Writing is my job, my hobby and my guilty pleasure. When I’m not indulging in writing, I am being mommy. On the rare occasion I find the time, I do like to have a good pedicure. I also can’t survive without my favorite tv series!
Which book or series do you wish you had written?
Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, Twilight. I don’t think that there is an author in the world who wouldn’t want that success. I would like to become a writer like James Patterson, though, who has not stopped writing and continues to produce new books every year, despite having made his fortune. Writing is a calling, and I don’t see myself ever giving it up, although my genre and style may develop and change over time.
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
No. I love SFF, and the occasional contemporary romance. At this point, I will continue to write in these genres. That being said, writers are people, and people change as they get older. So I may well migrate into other genre’s in the future.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Rebecca Davis, the protagonist of The Legacy Trilogy, is nearest to my heart because I have invested so much time and energy into her character. I also loved writing the character of Dex in The Traveler, because he is dark, brooding and cruel, but at the same time his capacity for compassion and his bravery is inspiring.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
The next book will be released later this year, and follows Dex and Rachel’s journey to Venon. Amarox will also play a bigger part in the sequel.
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
As I mentioned, the final book in the Legacy Trilogy, entitled The Legend is due for release early 2015. I hope to have it finished by early September and then I will begin working on the sequel to The Traveler. I also have a fantasy series that will release next year. I am fortunate enough that I am quite prolific in my output and I am able to release two new titles per annum.
What book are you reading now?
Sadly, I do not read at all if I am in the middle of a project. You would be surprised at how easily influenced you are by other books. Originality is too important to me to risk it, so I play it safe and avoid fiction when I’m writing.
What is in your to read pile?
The Fault in our Stars, Allegiant, Making Faces.
The Traveller Series
Genre: Sci-fi romance/action
Number of pages: approx 253
Word Count: 89500
Available on Amazon
Seven years ago, Rachel gave her heart to a dark, intense stranger, who left her broken and alone.
Every day since then Rachel has thought about Dex, her memories refusing to be silenced.
Now, Dex is back, but this time he is not alone. He has brought a formidable army – their sole purpose to conquer. Fate will bring Rachel and Dex back together, but on opposing sides of a war that threatens to obliterate her world.
Pitted against the power of the elements, Rachel and her friends must survive tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes and fire, all the while being hunted by a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to pillage her planet.
Fleeing for her life amidst the chaos of a raging, burning city, Rachel realizes man’s only chance of survival lies in the hands of the very person who betrayed her all those years ago.
Earth is destined to fall, but Rachel is determined to save mankind, no matter the sacrifice.
About the Author:
Wife, mother of 3, businesswoman by day and author by night, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Series and Rainfall. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelors Degree in English in 2000. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, South Africa.
Her first novel, The Legacy, published in 2013, is the first in The Legacy Series trilogy, and is followed by the sequel The Legion. The final book, The Legend is due out in 2014. She has also written an independent novel entitled Rainfall, a psychological romance, and a science-fiction, action-adventure called The Traveler.
An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop “watching from the sidelines” and to do what is her passion.
“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days, it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheMelissaDelportBookClub
Publisher’s website www.traceymcdonaldpublishers.com