Melissa Buell is the debut author of The Seventh Blessing. She has always had a vivid imagination and would fall asleep to scenes she would make up. That then turned into writing those scenes out which turned into...a novel. She is a substitute teacher at the jr. high and high school level. (They aren't that scary, really!) She is also a voracious reader (several books a week) who loves many genres. Favorite pastimes include spending time with her husband and kids, taking photographs, baking, blogging and volunteering.
1) What would you like your readers to take from The Seventh Blessing?
I would like them to know that they can have some say in the choices in their lives. You're not a robot and you don't have to do what others tell you to do or expect you to do. Unless it's your parents and they tell you to clean your room!
2) Which fairy blessings/gifts would you wish were your's?
-The ability to clean quickly would be amazing.
-The ability to not get hurt would be great. I'm always getting hurt in the most random of ways.
-To be able to say exactly what I mean to say exactly when I need to say it.
3) Do you have a favorite writing place? Like the beautiful beaches of South California?
I have been able to write at the beach before but I don't get to go very often. I like to go to my local Starbucks if I'm writing by myself. If I'm going out with my writer friends, we go to Panera because they have bigger tables and more outlets.
4) Not only are you a writer, but you're also a substitute teacher for students like me. Has that impacted your writing in any way?
Definitely! Being able to be around teens and know what they are like brings a lot of realism to my writing. I also have a 16 year old sister and get to see her ups and downs with friends, school, guys, that sort of thing. SO much material with teens! It helps to know my audience, I think.
5) I've read from your blog that book two of The Tales of Gymandrol would be out next year. Are able to tell us anything about what we'll expect from the next book?
It's the story of Samantha's daughter, Emma.
Expect more magical hijinks, more danger.
And love, of course.
6) Would you like to add anything else?
I really like hearing from my readers, even if they didn't love the book. I want to make sure I can listen to my audience and give them good material to read.
Thank you so much to Melissa for taking the time to do this interview. And also big thanks to Melissa's publicist Caroline for putting this together.