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In the Words of An Author: An Interview With Melissa Bender

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Not really. As much as I love to read, there hasn’t really been anyone who’s stuck out influenced me. I think many writers are talented, but I have always followed my own writing style.

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

This is the hardest question ever! All of them have some crazy hold over me. There isn’t just one who is my favorite, but if I had to choose then maybe Oliver.. His wife was absolutely insane and he came out stronger on the other side!

 

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

Work scenes! Why do they need to have jobs? It’s fun to a part, but studying different careers to make sure you have it written correct is a bit time consuming, although, you learn something along the way.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Hearing feedback. I love to hear what people think of my stories, and if they love them and tell me, then that’s just amazing. If they feel the emotion I put into the book, then I am very happy.

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

Keep writing. Don’t give up. Just write! Write! Write! I wish someone would have told me I wasn’t wasting my time when I first began to write novels. That’s why I kept it a secret!

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Oh yes! I have an outline of what my story will be about and then I character plan. I search the internet for photos and information regarding my story, then plot out each chapter, writing next to each what will happen in each chapter. It’s the one thing I do with each story

 

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

I wanted to be a beauty therapist… Then I wanted to be a forensic investigator like on Bones and Criminal Minds! I worked in retail for around 10 years before I had kids and then focused on writing and having a novel published as my first goal.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I don’t really know who I would want to speak to. It would probably be my grandma who passed away a year ago. I’d like to tell her all about the exciting things that have been happening to me since she’s been gone.

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Can Writing Poetry Aid In Fiction Writing?

I’m sure you’ve heard about the differences between writing novels and writing short fiction. It’s hard to go back and forth between the two. With one you need all the background information, you need build up, conflict, and resolution; with the other you want to get straight to the action with as little back story as possible. It’s a daunting task going back and forth, but what about going back and forth between fiction and poetry?

Poetry is hard. Taking your soul and putting it on paper, and then, offering it up for the world to tear apart is emotionally grueling. You can write poetry faster than a novel, but the best poems derive from real-life experience and that takes a toll on a person.

Fiction takes a long time to develop and hone. It’s less about emotion, and more about skill. To make your reader feel like a part of the world you’ve created and to feel whatever your characters is a special kind of gift. To create something from nothing is amazing.

So, does switching between the two cause complications in the writing process? I don’t think so. I think, switching between the two is an excellent exercise to keep your writing skills sharp.

Both types of writing are so different from the other. Going back and forth between poetry and fiction- whether it is a novel or a short story- can be beneficiary to both works. While one allows you to escape reality, the other allows you to embrace the beauty and the mess of life. By allowing yourself to switch between the two, you will have a better understanding of yourself, and therefore, be better able to discover what motivates your characters.