Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interview with Melissa Keir author of Forever Love

Love, Again
a Valentine’s Day anthology
from Ruby Lioness Press
releases February 14, 2012.

Hi Melissa and welcome to Love to Read Romance! 
Please share a short bio with us.

Imagine the Brady Bunch without Alice and you’ve got a pretty good picture of my life.  As a part of a blended family with two children from each of our previous marriages, my husband and I have created a new home and family that encompasses our teenage and young adult children, two fur-babies, a high grocery bill, and a lot of laundry.

Growing up as the oldest of five daughters, I was taught to fish, hunt and to work hard by my father.  He didn’t believe in forcing gender roles.  My grandmother taught me to cook, sew and care for others. And my mom taught me the importance of being me… she let me color my hair, cut it in the latest styles and fight for what I believed in. 

Today, I try to instill those ideals and a love of reading to my own children and future generations as an elementary school teacher. My family have made me a better person and provided me with support, great lines for my books, and a few gray hairs.  But I firmly believe that each experience makes us stronger and better.

Can you tell us more about Forever Love in the Love, Again Valentine Anthology?
Forever Love is the story of a woman who escapes her small town life after high school for the bright lights and anonymity of the big city.  But when her father is facing his toughest battle, Alzheimer’s, she comes home to care for him and finds herself face to face with the one guy who broke her heart.  Can they find a way back from the pain of the past?  Or will he forever be the one that got away?

Where did the idea come from? My idea came from my own home town of Amherst, Ohio.  It was a tranquil place to grow up but was stifling as a teenager.  When everyone knows your name and calls your parents to tell what you were up to, it grates on your nerves.  But as an adult, you can’t escape your past and those idyllic years come back to haunt you.

What sort of research did you do for this book? With Forever Love, I did some research on Alzheimer’s and jewelry making. 

Do you have a common theme or item that appears in each of your books? I enjoy writing about women who face adversity but come out the better for it.  In Forever Love, Syn is dealing with her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s and must rearrange her life to take care of the man who was her first hero.

Who has inspired you as an author? My mom wrote a romance story when I was a teenager and worked hard to have it published.  This was back in the time before e-publishing and while she never had her book published, she served as an inspiration for me.  When in college, one of my English professors pushed me to explore my thoughts in poetry and served as a mentor, reading through all of my work and celebrated with me when one of my poems won an award.  My family has been the strongest supporter and have given me the support to follow this dream.  Auntie Squirrel (to protect the innocent) was an editor and writer and loved to read my musings, always encouraging me to get published.  But it was my hubby who picked up the slack at home and serves as my sounding board that has been most helpful.

Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing? My only must have is my computer.  It is an extension of my hands.  I took it with me on my honeymoon and to the doctor’s office.  You never know when something will hit!

How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times? I keep a notebook of ideas that I can come back to.  It also helps to share my thoughts with my husband who serves as my sounding board.  The poor man is forced to hear me ramble at all hours!

Describe your writing in three words. sweet, romantic, humorous

What are some of your favorite books? Who are you reading now? The question is what am I not reading!  As a book reviewer for Sizzling Hot Books, I read and write reviews on average about 5-8 books a week. In my spare time, I read the latest releases by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Patricia Biggs, Eileen Wilks, Laurell K. Hamilton, Keri Arthur and many more.  I definitely have some keeper books!  In fact, three shelves filled with books by authors that I love.  I even re-read them again and again. Today, my keeper shelves are filled with Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Yasmine Galenorn, Karen E. Taylor, and many more!

What's next for you? Currently I have two books that are being published by Rebel Ink Press in the next few months.  I also blog on a weekly basis, interview authors and continue to write reviews. But my biggest event coming is to continue writing and publishing! 

Where can you be found online? I love hearing from readers! 
You can find me at 
Facebook at:!/profile.php?id=100003150554229 (where I stalk the pages!) 
twitter @melissa_keir

Do you have anything you'd like to ask our readers? I’d love to know what interests your readers in purchasing a book…is it the cover, the blurb or the author’s reputation? 

To Buy:


Forever Love by Melissa Keir

“Forever Love” is the story of a woman who comes back to her hometown of Amherst, Ohio fifteen years after leaving it for the bright lights of Chicago. Syndie Wilder returns home to take care of her ailing father, not expecting to run into the childhood friend who dumped her in high school.  Thom Johnson had regrets about how he treated Syndie. He had never stopped loving her.  When fate causes the two to meet, sparks fly again.  Will a childhood friendship turn into a forever love?

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