Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Melissa Mayhue as part of her blog tour of Warrior’s Redemption.
Faced with telling you all about me, I realized…I’m not very interesting! So, rather than bore you with useless trivia about my life, [I was an only child, born and raised in Texas], I’ll share the story of how I came to be a writer.
First and foremost, I am a reader. Some of my best memories are of my mother taking me to the local library every week during the summer to check out armloads of books. I could hardly wait to get home, dive into the stories, and get lost in a whole new, wonderful world. My prized possession as a girl was an entire shelf of Nancy Drew Mysteries. I adored Nancy Drew.
You can read more about Melissa’s path to becoming a writer at http://www.melissamayhue.com/about.html.
Melissa was willing to answer a few questions for us:
NR: What made you decide to include Norse mythology in your Scottish novels?
Melissa: I wanted to add a new twist to the magic in my world and the choice of Norse mythology began with a “what if” thought process that went something like: Since Faeries already exist in my world, what if other mythological creatures exist, too? Norse mythologies seemed my best bet since my stories are set in medieval Scotland and there was strong Viking presence already there.
NR: With Christmas just passing, any book recommendations for the readers who received gift certificates this past holiday?
Melissa: Absolutely… I’d have to recommend WARRIOR’S REDEMPTION, which just released on December 27. For historical lovers, Alix Rickloff’s HEIR OF DANGER also came out on Dec. 27.
NR: There were some hints in Warrior’s Redemption about Patrick and possibly a certain lady, is Patrick going to get his own novel? (I have to admit I loved Patrick, standing strongly beside his brother)
Melissa: I definitely see Patrick having his own story. He’s one of those secondary characters I fell in love with the first time he showed up on the page!
NR: On Novel Reaction each month we do a books to movie challenge where we read the book and watch the movie and discuss it. Which is your favorite book to movie and why? Or, which is your least favorite and why?
Melissa: I’m probably the worst person in the world to ask that question of. If I see a movie and then read the book, it’s fine and I have no problem. But if I’ve read the book first, the movie never quite hits the mark for me because when I read a book, I’ve already “seen” the characters and the setting in my imagination. And when they take a book I love and adapt it to a movie or television and totally change characters or events? Well… don’t even get me started on THAT one!! 🙂
Thanks so much for allowing me to visit with your readers today, Jessica. I do appreciate it. I’d love to invite them all to stop by my website – www.MelissaMayhue.com — to learn more about the books or to leave me a comment once they have a chance to read WARRIOR’S REDEMPTION!
Thanks so much for sharing a little bit with us Melissa! I agree that most of the time the movies don’t quite seem the same as the book for me as well but there is the occasional movie that I like the movie better than the novel. (Twilight is one of those for me, Bella was so annoying in the novel but they cut a lot of that out for the movie.) You can read my review of Warrior’s Redemption here.