Today I am pleased to welcome Melissa Frost!!
Welcome, so great to have you here with us. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! My name is Melissa. I’m the author of The Dating Tutor, which was recently released by Evernight Teen. I live near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with my husband Jeremy and my son Marshall.
Do real life events find their way into your stories?
Events and incidents in my stories are usually fictitious. I tend to write paranormal romance, so it would be quite the shock if a vampire, even a friendly one, popped up on my doorstep!
Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
No. I go in with only the basics and let the characters write themselves.
Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
It’s always something different. Tiny random things will get me thinking and it just grows. By the end, the original seed that started things off becomes a minor detail in the tale.
When do you write? Early morning? During the day sometime or all day? After the kids go to bed?
Most of my writing or editing is done during my son’s nap time and bedtime. He is three, so he’s very active and noisy. Lol. I latch on to the rare silence while he is asleep and catch up with my characters.
How do you feel about marketing your book?
I love doing marketing. If there is even one person interested in hearing more about my book or writing, I am onboard 100%.
What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?
Currently, I’m using my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Hosack-Author-of-Paranormal-Romance/119951088073763
I also have a website - https://sites.google.com/site/melissahosack/
Do you like to pitch stories to your publisher or do you wait until you have written the story and have a final manuscript to turn in?
I never submit until I have a final manuscript. I also have my husband read through my stories a few times to look for errors or plot holes before I submit. It is more professional and easier on an editor to submit something that is the best product possible.
Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing? If so, what is it?
I’ve written quite a few different genres. Whatever mood strikes me, I write. But it might be neat to write a Western.
Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?
Never. My characters feel almost like my “friends”, not an extension of myself. The heroines are all so different and unique. They have their own personalities. And I’d be afraid to get them all in a room together…
Just for fun, I have a few personal questions,
1) Favorite Male Actor - Chris Hemsworth
2) Favorite vehicle – One that works!
3) Favorite way to relax – A massage or some time at the spa.
4) Favorite ice cream – Mint Chocolate Chip
5) Favorite outfit – Favorite? You want me to pick? Just one? Impossible! Next you’ll ask me to pick only one pair of shoes! J
And for a bonus: If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be? (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)
Somewhere much warmer than Pennsylvania! I am so tired of snow and winter. Give me a beach!
Where can our readers find you??
Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
The Dating Tutor
The Dating Tutor centers on Ellie Harper, a shy and somewhat awkward high school student. Ellie is hardly the most sought after girl at Noble High, so she is completely surprised when the boy most likely to become prom king asks her out. Her short-lived glee quickly turns to panic as she admits to herself that she doesn't know the first thing about dating.
After a fair amount of wheedling, she convinces her best friend and hockey star, Alec, to tutor her in the ways of love. Only once things start, she finds she knows even less than first suspected. Dating is full of more codes and unspoken rules than she ever imagined.
Even more difficult is the effort not to cross lines with Alec. Every lesson brings her closer and closer to the boy next door whom she’s never had a romantic thought about before in her life. Each caress and playful scenario has Ellie wishing more for her best friend’s affection than the boy he’s teaching her to woo.
Ellie walked to her front door with her arm tucked into Alec’s. “This actually was a really fun night,” she reluctantly admitted. “I had my doubts, but date Alec is actually an okay guy.”
“You had doubts?” His tone was light and playful as he led her up the front walk. “You should have known I’m quite the catch way before now. I don’t know why it took you so long to figure it out.”
She shrugged a shoulder. “Oh, I don’t know. Could it be the usual behavior I see from you?” She poked him accusingly in the ribs. “Spraying me with your garden hose, burping, leaving your dirty gym shorts on your bedroom floor for weeks on end, and the many other boy faux pas you commit.”
“Dating Alec and hanging out at home Alec are like two different men.” He winked. “You’re one of the rare people who have ever gotten to see both sides of the coin. In fact, you might be the only one.”
She nodded with an affectionate smile. “No one knows you like I do.”
“No one,” he agreed.
As she reached the first step of the porch Alec tugged her hand to pull her to a stop. As she spun to face him, the question died in her throat when he cupped her face in his hands and pressed his lips to hers.
The kiss caught her by surprise. It came so suddenly that she didn’t have time to worry over what to do or how to react. She simply melted against him with a content sigh.
Alec swept her hair back from her face and deepened the kiss. His body moved forward to brush ever so gently along the front of hers.
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Melissa, thanks so much for visiting with us today! Can't wait to read The Dating Tutor !!
Until next time, happy reading !!