Lillian R. Melendez

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: April 06, 2012

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Interview

Current Release: Dismantling Vindictiveness

Describe your current release in two sentences?

Christopher Parker is finding it hard to believe that his architect firm is being affected by the recession. Witnessing his own company's downward spiral, Christopher holds suspicions, but does not accurately know who is responsible for the sabotage.

Please describe your writing environment.

I take one and sometimes two days off from writing. I carry a pen and a small note pad with me everywhere I go for when inspiration strikes. My electronic notepad on my iPhone is beneficial for me when I forget my notepad. A tip I want to share is for writers to outline. Of course, not every writer should if they are not comfortable with it, but I was taught to outline. I don’t follow it exactly, because when more ideas come to mind, I write in between the outline.

What are you working on?

I am working on a novel that involves hackers. I am also currently working on a poem and a short story.

What do you feel blessed with?

I am very thankful to have my book published. My dream was not only to be a published novelist, but to encourage and leave readers with something to think about after the last chapter. As a published novelist, I have the opportunity to expand the number of copies of my novel to not only the U.S, but internationally. My dreams as now come true.

How do you mesh your personal and professional life?

I am good at balancing my writing time between my day job and spending time with family. I organize my time by setting a schedule. I cannot become an effective writer if I don’t have balance in my life. Life is not all about writing.

How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?

The whole process was a challenge. After I wrote the manuscript then I had to have people critique it. Then do revision, then edit, trying my best to refine the story. The rejection letters is part of the process. It does not deter me from getting my work published. I believe anything you work hard at has a challenge you have to deal with. That’s the only way to get published.

What is the one thing you do not want to live without?

I do not want to live without a pen. A pen is like keys. It's there when you need access to write on paper. There is always a story that needs to be told. A pen helps me to put mental notes on paper that later becomes a novel.

What has been the best way for you to engage readers?

To reach a large audience, using social media tools is the best way for me to engage with readers. I mostly use Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. WordPress is a tool I use to discuss my publishing experience and to give other writers advice.

What is the best thing about being an author?

Writing is my passion and hobby. It’s mandatory for me to share my stories with readers instead of keeping it to myself. Talents are meant to be shared with the world. That is the best thing about being an author.

I hope readers enjoy the book, Dismantling Vindictiveness.