Melissa Martineau Alexander, a proud Rhode Island native who has called Texas home since 2015, resides with her husband and two children. Fueled by a lifelong passion for writing, Melissa has authored captivating works such as “Anatomy of an Affair: Part I” (2015) and its sequel, “The Healing of Lily Wentworth” (2015). Under the pseudonym Indigo Bryerly, she has also penned the intriguing “Love, Destruction & Pinot Noir” (2018). Beyond her literary pursuits, Melissa showcases her creative versatility by designing journals and accounting ledgers, available on Amazon. As the vibrant host of The Assumption Function Channel on YouTube, Melissa extends her inspirational reach, motivating others to shape the life they desire. With a multifaceted portfolio spanning literature, design, and digital content creation, Melissa Martineau Alexander embodies the essence of a versatile and dynamic creator.
How did you come up with the title?
With Millie Lands a Movie Deal, I want a simple title that’s to the point but subtly gives the impression that it’s not as perfect as it seems. Millie landing the deal isn’t so much the story. It’s everything that transpires as a result.
Do you have a specific writing style?
For me, the story plays like a movie in my mind, so that tends to translate through my writing. My books are very conversational. To the reader, it feels like the narrator is a close friend confiding to you. Also, my books are dialogue-heavy and driven.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Undoubtedly, it was literature class in the ninth grade, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was so beautifully nuanced and tragic, with complexly written characters. It inspired me to write books with flawed characters in questionable circumstances.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing love scenes. It’s such an intimate moment between the characters. I want to write enough so the reader knows what’s going on without being graphic, holding the emotional connection as the scene’s objective, not who put their hand where.
What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I never write a novel from beginning to end. I will write the most climatic, crucial scenes regardless of order. After that, I marry them all with “filler chapters,” containing all the necessary details to tie the plot elements together.
If you have pictures on your writing desk, who/what are they of?
In my office, I have a painting of Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West. I bought it at an art gallery in Key West a few years ago. It reminds me to keep believing in myself and continue writing.
What does being a successful author look like to you?
When a reader becomes so moved and completely vested in the story, the characters and the outcome. Having a reader emotionally affected by the writing is what a successful author looks like to me.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write the type of books you’d enjoy reading, not catering to an audience to garner sales. When you write what you love, the passion stays alive, and the gift of your writing will shine through.
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