Melissa Brayden is a multi-award winning romance author with twelve novels published with Bold Strokes Books. She is currently hard at work on her thirteenth and embracing the full-time writer’s life in San Antonio, Texas.
Melissa is married and working really hard at remembering to do the dishes. For personal enjoyment, she spends time with her Jack Russell Terriers and checks out the NYC theater scene several times a year. She considers herself a reluctant patron of spin class, but would much rather be sipping wine and staring off into space. Coffee is her very best friend.
So I’ve noticed lately that there are a lot of questions that repeat themselves from week to week in the email I get. I thought I’d knock a few out here. And, go!
Have you always been a writer?
This is a great question! But the answer is no. I can easily say that I’ve enjoyed telling stories for as long as I can remember. Sometimes that meant acting, directing, shooting documentaries or coming up with creative raps just for fun. It wasn’t until 2009 that I gave actual writing a try and found out just how much I enjoy it.
Are you straight or gay?
Whoa. In what was surprising news to me, this is the number one question I get by far. Not sure why. The answer is I’m bisexual. I find a lot of different things sexy.
Do you know what’s going to happen in a book before you start writing?
Not usually. There’s a very basic sketch in my head of where the story will go, but the details are a little more on the fly. I notice that the more experience I get writing, however, the more I tend to plan. Always learning, it seems.
Are you a reader? What do you like to read?
So much. I’m an incredibly avid reader and always have been! Romance is my favorite go to genre. I also read a lot of plays. I enjoy a good thriller on occasion. I even pick up the odd biography here and there.
Is Melissa Brayden a pen name?
Not exactly, but maybe a little. Melissa is mine, but I borrowed Brayden from my grandparents (so it still feels like mine).
I skipped the third grade. I was the European Bowling Champion when I was twelve. I have two Jack Russell Terriers. I love to travel. As a kid, I could drop in on a full size half pipe on my skateboard. I drink a lot of coffee. I’m a horrible dancer. I hate running, but I do it almost daily for exercise. I’m the youngest of three girls. I grew up in an Air Force family. I play second base on my softball team. I’m a pretty good rapper. I hate ceiling fans. And now you know everything. 🙂