349. Keeping the Audience in Mind Always: An Interview with Melonie Johnson

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Today I’m talking with Melonie Johnson, whom I first met nearly 10 years ago before she knew what RWA was. Now she’s releasing three books back to back as a debut author. Her first book, Getting Hot with the Scot, released this week - congrats, Melonie! In this interview, we talk about her surprising and familiar path to publication, including being a Golden Heart finalist twice. She discusses the invaluable support from other writers, and the importance of inspiration and emotional joy when creating a happy place for herself as a writer, and for her future readers as well. Melonie has been an actor, director, and drama teacher, and founded a children’s theatre, so we talk a lot about how acting, directing, and theatre training influenced and assisted her in writing romance, and in performing the audiobooks for her series. The most important piece of advice: how to keep the audience in mind, always. TW/CW - Melonie talks a bit about the death of her father six years ago, and how her first book is dedicated to him.

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