Today’s Featured Author is Melissa Lummis
I’m so pleased to have Melissa Lummis (Fellow Hotel Paranormal author) here today. Before we get to the interview, let me tell you a little bit about this wonderful author.
Melissa Lummis writes new age suspense in a fantasy setting, but her stories are also straight up, steamy adult romance. The Love and Light Series is currently available at Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and other ebook retailers, as well as the Little Flame Series, a spin off focusing on the character Fiamette from the Love and Light world.
A Yankee by birth and a Penn State graduate, she lives in rural Virginia with her husband, two children, an Alaskan Malamute, and a myriad of forest creatures. Melissa believes the universe conspires to help an adventurer, and if we live our lives as if it is a daring escapade (and it is!), then everything we need will find its way to us.
Tell us about your latest release?
Skin Thief is an exciting change of pace for me, taking place in a whole new world where Europeans never conquered the natives and America as we know it never existed. The native peoples evolved their own nation state, but they face a whole different threat to their way of life.
Ninovan Arrighi is an agent for the Red Council, who rules during war times. In pursuit of a skin thief who’s killed at least 5 top level officials in the Red Council, she is about to uncover secrets and ancient conspiracies that will make her question everything she’s ever known.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
A plotter, for sure. But while I work through the story before I actually write it, I don’t plot out every little bit. I think of it as writing very short drafts hitting the main story points along the way. So when I’m ready to write there is still a lot of room to play.
Who is your go-to author, the one you know you can always count on to deliver a great story?
I’m still a die-hard Stephen King fan. I’ve rarely been disappointed by his work, except maybe one book but I can’t say it was bad, just didn’t resonate with me.
What projects are you working on at the present?
I’m currently working on my first contemporary romance. I wrote a short story in the genre a couple years ago and found I really enjoyed it and got a great response. Its about two old high school friends who meet up after college and discover there was more to their relationship than either understood at the time. The twist is he’s being deployed to Afghanistan in a few days.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I have several projects on deck. First, my contemporary titled As You Were. Then I’ll be creating a new series called Southern Charms that will connect my current urban fantasy world with another series that will complete Ninovan’s story in Skin Thief. I don’t have a name for that series, yet, but it will take place in Ninovan’s world.
What paranormal creature is featured in your book?
Skin walkers. In traditional Native American lore, they are considered evil beings who steal people’s identities. I wanted to play with that assumption and test the boundaries in my Hotel Paranormal contribution.
How does your main character feel about his trip to the HP?
She’s been there once before and is a little skeptical of the place. She doesn’t know what the rules are, and rules are very important to her.
What was your favorite part about writing in this group project?
I have to say two things: First, seeing all the different creatures the other authors are writing about. Love to explore paranormal creatures and their lore. Second, the hotel itself. It’s such a great way to connect different authors’ worlds and characters.