Hello, Melanie, and welcome to my blog.
Please could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing?
I’m Canadian (born and live in eastern Ontario), love Scotland and all things Scottish so have set my novels here. I’ve been lucky enough to visit on a number of occasions and have even schmoozed with Royalty on one trip when I met Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne.
Please summarise A Shadow in the Past in five words.
You don’t pull any punches, do you? Egads! Five words... Time-travel romance for 13-25 year olds. (that’s six and boring as stink) My book’s tagline is a bit longer than that... When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…
Do you draw on personal experiences when you are creating your characters and plot lines?
Yes and no. I would have to say the personal experiences are only related to my trips to Scotland. I have an interest in genealogy and most of my Scottish roots (that I’ve been able to uncover so far) are in the Victorian era.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I wish. Sarah is strong and feisty, yet vulnerable. I certainly didn’t model her after myself. She’d be a boring character if I did. On the other hand, my mum was a fireball so I think some of Sarah’s personality traits come from her.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don’t ever give up. Yes, there will be rejections (trust me, I know, I’ve likely got enough to wallpaper an 8’x8’ room) but sometimes there’s one that invites interaction and you can re-submit after making the changes suggested. And read, read, read. You can’t write well if you don’t.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have the framework for the sequel to A Shadow in the Past (working title Shadows from her Past) already written and as I think of things that need to be added/changed in it, I send myself an e-mail jotting those notes down.
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To celebrate the launch of her book, Shadows in the Past, Melanie is giving away a gorgeous tote bag as pictured. All you have to do to be in the hat is comment under this post. This is an international giveaway.
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When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…
When nineteen year old Sarah Shand finds herself in Victorian Era Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she has no idea how she got there. Her last memory is of being at the stone circle on the family farm in the year 2010.
Despite having difficulty coming to terms with her situation, Sarah quickly learns she must keep her true identity a secret.
Still, she feels stifled by the Victorians’ confining social practices, including arranged marriages between wealthy and influential families, confronts them head on and suffers the consequences.
When Sarah realizes she has fallen in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, she faces an agonizing decision. Does she try to find her way back to 2010 or remain in the past with the man she loves?
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