Interview & Contest with Melissa Schroeder

Jen: We are excited to have Melissa Schroeder as our guest today. Melissa, will you please share a short bio with us?

Melissa: I’m a former military brat and now military wife, who has always wanted to write. When I found romance by accidentally picking up a Linda Howard book. I have two girls, and one adopted dog daughter. Hubby is AF and we pretty much follow him around. I’m an avid reader and like any good Italian, I love to cook.

Jen: Tell us about A Little Harmless Addiction and where is can be purchased.

Melissa: Addiction is from Samhain Publishing and is part of my best selling Harmless series. Everyone had met Kai who was in the last two books and the readers will now get to meet Jocelyn, who has been talked about but never seen in the books. Kai is the brother of May, ALH Obsession, and Jocelyn is Chris’ sister, ALH Pleasure. Both of them are sort of in a bad spot in their lives. Kai was always the rebound guy, the one who could help you patch up your heart and move on. Unfortunately, this last time, he had his own heart broken. He is not in the mood to help Jocelyn who is rebuilding her life after a bad experience at work. But, both of them can’t seem to escape the attraction they feel for each other.

It is a little different than the last three books that had BDSM in them. This is a straight up erotic romance.

Right now, ALH Addiction is on preorder on


Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Melissa: I think I was in jr high when I thought I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t have the nerve to try it until college when I forced myself by signing up for a creative writing course. I thought I wanted to be a literary writer, but I soon found out it wasn’t for me. Several years passed as I tried other genres and got busy raising my oldest and following hubby around. After picking up that Linda Howard book, I realized I wanted to write romance.

I was first published with Grace Under Pressure with its first publisher Liquid Silver Books, but my first “call” was from Whiskey Creek Press for The Hired Hand. I was a bit overwhelmed by it at the time and kind of numb. Then, I forced hubby to take me out to Bubba Gump’s in Honolulu (we were stationed in Hawaii at the time)

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Melissa: Nope, just me. My youngest who is nine started writing stories last year, but she isn’t published, lol. My oldest who is sixteen has shown some interest, but she hasn’t really pursued it.

Jen: How does your family feel about your career?

Melissa: My parents are very proud. Or at least they tell me that, lol. My kids are just used to it because as long as they could remember, I was writing. It is just Mommy’s job. My husband is one of my biggest supporters. He has kept me going more times than I can count. He talks to just about anyone he can about it. I secretly think that when he retires from the AF a few years from now, he plans on golfing and me supporting him, lol.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?

Melissa: I try and do most my work during school hours. I can be obsessive and I can be a workaholic if I am not careful. So, I have to set up parameters. Now there are times I don’t have a choice. We are in the middle of a move right now, and I have edits from two publishers. And all the promotion for a major release in on June 7th. So, I was actually working in the car on the way from Virginia to Alabama. There was just no way around it. But, I do try and do most of my writing from 8-3 week days. Oh, and one thing I always start off with is a positive song. I have playlists for every book, but I usually have a favorite positive song, something that puts me in the right frame of mind to write.

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?

Melissa: I think that trust is HUGE in most of my books. Being a military wife, I know just how much trust can make or break a relationship. I trust my husband completely. Well, okay, if Halle Berry were to come onto him, but I might have to let that one go. Of course, I expect that for George Clooney also, so tit for tat in that case.

But, I digress again, lol. I think that at the heart of every relationship is love and before that you have to trust that person to have it work for any amount of time. I have been in a few relationships where the attraction was there, but trust was not and it was toxic. So, I think that is why that ends up in so many of my books. Whether it is between a Dom and his sub like in A Little Harmless Lie or A Little Harmless Obsession, or a lord and his lady love like in The Spy Who Loved Her, trust is important.

Jen: How much influence does the editor have over the story or characters?

Melissa: I talk regularly with my editor from Samhain, Heidi Moore. Probably a few more than she would like, lol. But, I do tend to ask her questions about my plot if I worry about it. Most of the time, I get to go whatever direction I want. One thing I love about digital publishing is there is a lot of freedom in my plotting. Now, I will say that I am going to be doing a book after A Little Harmless Submission called A Little Harmless Secret. Its theme is one of Heidi’s favs, so I’ll be writing it for her. Now, going through edits, she will nudge me in a better direction and make the book much better. I like to see my working relationship with Heidi as part of a partnership. I can be a much better writer with her at my back. She makes me work harder, write cleaner, and think more about what will make the plot stronger.

Jen: If A Little Harmless Addiction was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Melissa: It is hard because there aren’t a lot of Hawaiian men who would fit the casting, but Victor Huang from China reminds me of Kai Aiona a little bit. For Jocelyn Dupree, Halle Berry, hands down.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Melissa: Geez, there are so many. Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Christina Dodd, Julia Quinn, Lora Leigh, Lauren Dane, Stephanie Laurens, Nora Roberts…okay this list could go on. I absorb as much as I can from everyone I read.

Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?

Melissa: Hmm, I think have A Little Harmless Sex named one of the top selling Nook Books of 2010. It was in the top 100 for the entire year. There was only one other digitally published author who made the best seller list for the year, so I was really proud of that. It was three years after the book was rereleased by Samhain, and six years since it was originally published by Loose Id.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Melissa: I am onto my next Harmless book, A Little Harmless Submission. Hopefully I can have news about that later this summer. The hero is Rome Carino, a cop who appeared in A Little Harmless Obsession and makes an appearance in the short I just released, A Little Harmless Surprise.

After that, I would like to finish up a paranormal series I started, hope to turn that in around the same time. It is sort of a departure for me so I hope Heidi likes it. I also have another historical waiting, A Lethal Woman, and I want to do a spinoff of the Harmless stories, my first ever military series.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Melissa: All over the place.

Official Facebook Page
Harmless Lovers Facebook Group

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Melissa: If there was one place you would like to see a Harmless book set outside of Hawaii, where would you like to see it happen?

Jen: Are we holding a contest?

Melissa: I’d like to give away an ebook from my backlist.  Winner’s choice.

Jen:  Readers, the contest is open to everyone over the age of 18 (due to the content of Melissa’s books).  To enter, you first need to leave a question or comment for Melissa.  Then to finish your entry, you either need to leave your email address in your comment or send a message to admin.bookblog AT  The winner will be chosen on Sunday, June 5.

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