Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing is fast-paced and the story moves fairly quickly. I do not use a lot of filler and descriptive writing.
Do you write in different genres?
Yes, my books are primarily dystopian and SFF, but I do also write the occasional contemporary romance.
If yes which is your favorite genre to write?
It changes. Initially, dystopian fiction, but then I progressed to sci-fi romance and now I am writing fantasy.
How did you come up with the title for your latest book?
This title was difficult to work with, because the English spelling is ‘Traveller’, and the American is ‘Traveler’. I didn’t want to change the title, because the definition is important: ‘One who travels or has traveled, as to distant places.’ The word distant was the key, for me. I eventually opted to go with the American spelling because of the size of their Amazon store. Now, I have my South African friends pointing out what they perceive to be a typo.
Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?
The Title always comes first. It comes to me the same moment the story does. It was the same with my kids – I named all 3 practically the moment I conceived! My books are also my babies – they need a name for me to truly connect with the story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My female lead characters are always strong and confident women, who are very capable. I’m pretty sure there is a message in there somewhere J
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
I am currently under deadline to complete the final book in my Legacy Trilogy (www.thelegacytrilogy.com). Once that is complete, I will begin working on the Traveler sequel as well as a new fantasy series that has been brewing in my writer’s mind for some time now.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The Legacy Trilogy is a dystopian action adventure, set in post-nuclear America. In the aftermath of the World War 3, a New United States is created, and the wealth and resources that remain are controlled by one man. Rebecca Davis, the strong and feisty protagonist, learns the truth and sets off on a course to overthrow him. She becomes the ultimate weapon for the Resistance that is growing outside of the boundary fences. I self-published the first book in 2013, but my publisher is re-releasing The Legacy (book 1) and The Legion (book 2) in July 2014. The clock is ticking! I am really excited about this series – it is fast paced and has something for everyone.
Who designed the cover of your latest book?
After a disastrous attempt with a company that shall-not-be-named, I discovered Wendy at Apple Pie Graphics. She has designed all of my covers and will continue to do so. I always have an idea in my head, and she manages to produce exactly what I am wanting.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Every writer must travel their own journey. It’s different for everyone. Sometimes, you get lucky and your first book is the success you hoped for. Other times, it takes longer. It took me two years to get a publishing contract. Writing is a marathon – you have to keep going. The only guarantee of failure is giving up.
The Traveller Series
Genre: Sci-fi romance/action
Number of pages: approx 253
Word Count: 89500
Available on Amazon
Seven years ago, Rachel gave her heart to a dark, intense stranger, who left her broken and alone.
Every day since then Rachel has thought about Dex, her memories refusing to be silenced.
Now, Dex is back, but this time he is not alone. He has brought a formidable army – their sole purpose to conquer. Fate will bring Rachel and Dex back together, but on opposing sides of a war that threatens to obliterate her world.
Pitted against the power of the elements, Rachel and her friends must survive tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes and fire, all the while being hunted by a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to pillage her planet.
Fleeing for her life amidst the chaos of a raging, burning city, Rachel realizes man’s only chance of survival lies in the hands of the very person who betrayed her all those years ago.
Earth is destined to fall, but Rachel is determined to save mankind, no matter the sacrifice.
About the Author:
Wife, mother of 3, businesswoman by day and author by night, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Series and Rainfall. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelors Degree in English in 2000. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, South Africa.
Her first novel, The Legacy, published in 2013, is the first in The Legacy Series trilogy, and is followed by the sequel The Legion. The final book, The Legend is due out in 2014. She has also written an independent novel entitled Rainfall, a psychological romance, and a science-fiction, action-adventure called The Traveler.
An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop “watching from the sidelines” and to do what is her passion.
“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days, it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”
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Publisher’s website www.traceymcdonaldpublishers.com
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