As soon as I find out someone adopted or fosters kids, my first thoughts are “Can we be friends? And I promise I’m not a creeper.” As I’ve mentioned, it’s something I love (and who knows maybe one day I’ll join those ranks) and I love to hear people’s stories about adoption.
Then I found out that award winning author Melanie Dobson has a background in journalism. What! What! (Had to give a shout out to my major 🙂 ). Then I read some of her books and score! I first read Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan and knew we could totally be friends. Then I read one about the mafia and that confirmed my fandom. Is that a word? Just roll with it…
Not only is she a fantastic writer, but a genuine person too. No wonder her novels are refreshing and enjoyable. She really does write novels that stir your heart!
Melanie Dobson has written ten contemporary and historical novels including five releases in Summerside’s Love Finds You series. In 2011, two of her releases won Carol Awards: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (for historical romance) and The Silent Order (for romantic suspense). She enjoys the research process that comes along with being an author of historical fiction so much that she often has a difficult time stopping the research on the history and locale in order to start the writing. Because Melanie visits each location she writes about, she’s been able to spend time in the beautiful and fascinating towns across the country that bring her stories to life.
Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master’s degree in communication from Regent University. Prior to her writing career, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and a publicist for The Family Channel. She later launched her own public relations company and worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years.
Connect with Melanie at www.melaniedobson.com or Facebook!
1) What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined five years ago?
Five years ago, I began writing historical fiction, and I never dreamed I would be able to visit so many wonderful places as I researched for these novels. Last year, I took my daughters on a road trip along the Oregon Trail to research for “Where the Trail Ends” and then my oldest daughter and I toured Williamsburg in July for my upcoming book, “Courier of Caswell Hall.” In March I’m going to Normandy to find out what life would have been like for my aristocratic heroine during World War II. I can’t wait to dive in…
2) What is the one thing you would go back and do differently if you could?
I’ve made many mistakes in my life, but with each mistake, God has brought me closer to my understanding of Him. I wouldn’t change any of those opportunities to grow. If I had to change something,. I wouldn’t have stressed nearly as much as I waited for my first book contracts and spent that time instead playing with my girls.
3) What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Standing in front of my family and friends at an old lodge in Colorado, listening to my amazing groom sing a song he wrote for our wedding day. That was fifteen years ago, and I still get goosebumps!
4) What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
I’m trying to teach my girls how to guard their heart and mind against what our culture calls “entertainment” and fill themselves instead with everything good and right. I would love it if this next generation recognized the negative influence that today’s entertainment has over people of all ages and realized that they can say “no” to harmful movies, TV shows, games, and music. And it would be amazing if this generation created powerful, life-altering stories and songs that inspired hope and peace for all generations.
And now the giveaway of Dobson’s Where the Trail Ends! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post! If you want to earn extra entries, here’s a few easy ways (just leave a comment each time you do!) Share on Twitter and/or Facebook, follow Books and Beverages Feed, or Facebook. Why not show the author some love too? Follow on Facebook for extra entries!
Be sure to leave a comment! Leave one by Tuesday, February 19th at 11:59 (CST) and I’ll announce the winner next week!
UPDATE: 2/20/13 Contest officially closed – congrats Jane!