I have a special treat for you today as we approach the home stretch of Sins & Authors, author Melissa Brown! Melissa has written such books as Champagne Toast and Picturing Perfect and has recently signed a deal with Montlake Romance! Exciting times for this lovely, Henry Cavill-loving lady. Today we talk about how she’s going to go on the lam because of kidnapping Henry Cavill and other things…
KH: For readers who don’t know about The Artists Trilogy, could you explain what it’s about and why they should pick it up?
MB: There are so many books out there, both indie and traditional. But, this series is truly unique. The characters do not fit the mold of the standard contemporary romance, and that’s why I love them SO MUCH!!! Readers should pick it up because it’s unique, it’s thought provoking and it’s really hard to put down!!
KH: Thank you! Ellie Watt, our heroine, is a difficult character for a lot of female readers to like. Can you find something loveable and redeemable about her despite her con artist ways?
MB: I guess I’m not like most readers, because I really like her. I like when characters have faults, when they’re human. I think the flashbacks in “Sins & Needles” really help us to see her vulnerabilities…what Camden meant to her throughout her young life, and what he still could mean for her. To me, that’s incredibly redeemable. But, to me, everyone is redeemable—maybe that’s naive of me though.
KH: Not naive, just hopeful! Give me three words on Camden McQueen
MB: Sexy, smart, witty.
KH: Give me three reasons why Ellie needs to stay away from Javier Bernal
MB: Camden, Camden, CAMDEN!!!!!
KH: Those are pretty good reasons! Who would you cast in the movie version of Sins & Needles…can you provide pictures?
KH: Yes! I love Diego! And your Camden is fucking hot as fuck. What is your favorite scene in Sins & Needles?
MB: When Camden turns the tables on Ellie in the office. Love that scene….although the sexy scene in the yard was extremely hot!
KH: If you had to be on the run from the law, what would it be for? It would be for kidnapping Henry Cavill, wouldn’t it?
MB: I’m so busted!!!! Although I loved seeing that you’re a fan, too!!!! That you emailed him 10 years ago!! That’s a riot!!!! Maybe we can track him down together!!
KH: Oh, I like this idea. OK, what would your alias be and what kind of getaway car would you drive?
MB: Hmmm….I’m such a goodie two shoes, not sure I’d have the guts….but, my alias might be Dutch —that’s my nickname with my family. Getaway car would have to be an old convertible. Something from the 60s!
KH: You just signed with Montlake for your book Picturing Perfect. Big congrats – how did that come about?! How excited are you? Give us deets!
MB: That was a the biggest surprise and was really unexpected. I was checking my email one day and I had an email from an editor at Montlake wanting to discuss Picturing Perfect. After several phone conversations, we decided this would be a good thing to pursue. It’s being re-released next month under their imprint and it’s very exciting! Thanks for asking!!
KH: What’s next on the writing agenda for you?
MB: I’m working on “Dream in the Year” right now—–it’s a companion book to “Picturing Perfect”—I’m not sure if it will be an indie release or a Montlake release, but I should know soon.
KH: Dream in the Year…fuck me, I love that title! Thank you so much for chatting today Melissa…now, that’s over, let’s seriously talk about kidnapping Henry Cavill…
I have always been fascinated with books—-ever since I was a little girl sitting in front of my record player, following along with my huge 12×12 storybooks.
I love books—everything about them. I love reading them, being surrounded by them in bookstores and libraries, and most recently, writing some of my own.
“Bouquet Toss” is available as an e-book and paperback on Amazon.com. It is a story that is very close to my heart, one that was very cathartic to write and has opened me up to all sorts of writing possibilities.
“Champagne Toast” is a companion book to Bouquet Toss and was released on January 8, 2013 and is also available as an e-book and paperback through amazon.
“Picturing Perfect,” a NA Romance was released on June 12, 2013