Friday, September 15, 2006

Q&A: MELANIE WELLS, PT 2

Today, we continue our interview with novelist Melanie Wells. BuddyHollywood's Mike Parker says, "Dallas-based psychologist turned novelist Melanie Wells knows how to weave a tale of human frailty laced with demonic treachery around a backdrop of such mundane reality that you can’t help but be sucked into the story." Her latest novel is the second volume in "Day of Evil" series, The Soul Hunter (Multnomah): A bloody axe at Dylan’s front door signals Peter Terry is back. He’s haunting minds, invading dreams, wrecking lives, and leaving her desperate for answers ...

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PART TWO.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Write, write, write. And then let people read what you’ve written, give yourself an inoculation against debilitating shame, and listen to what they have to say about your work. It’s the best possible way to learn how to write. I call it the Abject Humiliation Method. It works. It’s quick but painful.

WHAT DO YOU WISH NON-WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
How incredibly hard it is.

WHAT DO YOU WISH OTHER WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
How much harder it would be to shingle houses in the South in the summertime. No crybabies!

FOR THE WRITER WITH A NEW BOOK, WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE BEST THING TO PROMOTE IT?
Oh, geez, I wish I knew the answer to this. If you find out, will you tell me?

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND JOINING AN AUTHOR GUILD?
I joined the Author’s Guild as soon as I had a contract (you have to have a contract or a published work to qualify). I did it to receive free contract advice, which they publish, along with other perks regarding tricky issues that writers rarely understand. Totally worth the money. It would be even MORE worth it if they offered health benefits. Or discounts on Xanax. Whatever.

WHEN CHOOSING FROM ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS AVAILABLE, WHAT TRAITS SHOULD A NOVELIST LOOK FOR?
I was once a member of the Writer’s Union, which was pretty cool, b/c I got automatic membership in the United Autoworkers Union, and monthly copies of Solidarity Magazine, which made me feel like a revolutionary subversive lefty. They also had health benefits, which was my real reason for joining (not the vicarious association with Jimmy Hoffa, which was also sort of a thrill). They discontinued those in Texas, though, so I’m boycotting now. I think it’s working.

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Many thanks to novelist Melanie Wells. Find her online at MelanieWells.com and MultnomahBooks.com. For more about her dayjob at Lifeworks Counseling Group, go to WeFixBrains.com.

Related link: Q&A: MELANIE WELLS, PT 1

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Q&A: WANDA DYSON (Abduction)

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