Today’s guest is Melissa Blue, a romance author whose works range from sweet to erotic. If you’re looking for something good to read, chances are Melissa has something for you! Let’s take a look at Down With Cupid…
Two months after a weekend of forbidden pleasure should have been more than enough time for Nicole Harrison to forget Sebastian’s charming smiles and wicked kisses. During those nights together, Nicole temporarily left behind her driven lifestyle as a publicist and took what she wanted, experiencing freedom and the wild abandon of their reckless agreement. And that’s the hardest part to erase from her memory.
Unfortunately, one detail was tantamount—Sebastian Clark is a publicist and now he’s gunning for her job.
Sebastian never allows himself to get tangled in knots by a woman, and, yet, he can’t stop dreaming about Nicole’s silky thighs and ripe lips, how she’d shuddered under his touch. He doesn’t need a woman who is more of a shark than he when it comes to PR, except he’s seen every, single soft inch of her. Now they’ll have to work side by side and somehow ignore what feels like unfinished business.
Will the weekend they spent together turn out to be more than they could have ever imagined, or will past hurts and career ambitions stand in their way? Only Cupid knows…
Tricia: Hi Melissa! Welcome. Tell us about yourself and why you decided to be a writer.
Melissa: I always thought being a writer involved something mystical and that it took way more smarts than I’d ever have. I didn’t understand all it took was imagination and patience. Also, being a word nerd. So, when I was nineteen and the urge to write overruled all else, I sat down and wrote. All I had a line paper and a typewriter. That was eight years ago. I’ve gotten off the typewriter and onto a computer, but I’m still definitely writing.
Tricia: How would you categorize your romantic writing? (sweet, sensual, steamy, erotic, etc.)
Melissa: I’d definitely say most of my books are sensual, I do have two erotic titles though. Will have another one before the year is out. It took a while for me to realize the was no dirty word police and I could write those words. Now, I’ve learned to at least alert my parents before they buy them or tell their friends.
Tricia: Tell us about your romantic writing.
Melissa: I have a short story series called Down With Cupid Shorts. Weekend Lover and Down With Cupid are the erotic titles. The Sixteen Year Itch and Talk Nerdy to me are pretty sweet and the shortest books I have out. The rest are between 30,000 and 50,000 words. Every single book has banter between the hero and heroine. My shorts don’t have a cast of thousands but length was the only thing stopping me. I like to think I write fun, light and sometimes poignant stories.
Melissa: Only one? Let’s go with Nora Roberts. She’s the author that saved me from heartbreak and put the fire under me to write romance. I went through a bad break up, or bad by eighteen-year old standards, and picked up Jewels of the Sun. I still read it every year because that book is just that good.
Tricia: What are the qualities of a perfect romantic hero?
Melissa: That’s a tough question. I think the right answer is the perfect romantic hero is whatever the heroine needs. He also has to respect her by the end of the book. I think that’s absolutely necessarily.
Tricia: What is your greatest challenge as a romance writer?
Melissa: Discovering the stories magic and tapping into it. It involves finding my “in” into the story and that changes with every book. Sometimes it can be a song, picture, book or movie. But I usually have to search pretty hard to find the right spark that brings the characters and story to life.
Melissa Blue’s writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. Eventually she upgraded to a computer. She’s still typing away on the same computer, making imaginary people fall in love.