Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have a lot of hobbies. In fact, between writing and my regular job it’s hard to find the time to enjoy them all. There’s nothing like taking a road trip on my Harley with my husband, especially when we take a new route we’ve never travelled before. I also enjoy camping, ATV’s and horseback riding.
I have always enjoyed writing, but for years I used my creativity to write college essays then in my professional career it was limited to web development, award certificates and event programs and scripts.
Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior?
I currently have six novels and two anthologies in my Warrior Series. I have also released one romance novel and my most recent release is Mount Haven, the first in my Thin Blue Line Series, a romantic suspense. In addition, I also have a short holiday story (New Beginnings) that is always free on my website.
What genre is your recent release and what is it about?
Bailey’s on the run. For years she’s been able to keep her secrets and fly under the radar. Will that all change now that there’s a new sheriff in town? She loves Mount Haven but maybe it’s time to move on before her past proves lethal for everyone.
What inspired you to write this book?
My husband. Since I released my first book, my husband has been asking me to write a book using my knowledge of police, police procedures and crime. I finally decided to give it a try and have to admit I really enjoyed writing this one. So far, those who have read it are really enjoying it.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
I am an amateur photographer and most of my covers are pictures I have taken myself. I am always looking for that perfect shot that will look good on the cover of my next book. Luckily, my husband is a good sport about it when I spontaneously blurt out: “Pull over!”
What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing process?
Editing/proofing. I have a fairly lengthy process that sometimes feels boring and tedious but necessary. This is hands down my least favorite part of the process and I routinely find myself thinking about my next story instead of paying attention to the work in front of me.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a short horror story that will be published as part of a collaboration with a group of fellow authors next fall. I am also writing the second installment of my Thin Blue Line Series. And finally, I am in the process of editing/proofing the seventh and final novel in my Warrior Series.
What is your next project?
I have a few ideas and haven’t yet decided on my favorite. I am considering another paranormal trilogy as well as a stand-alone criminal suspense. I also have a few ideas for a criminal suspense series. I guess my fans will just have to stay tuned for a surprise.
Do you have a pet or pets?
Yes, I have a cat named Charlie and a Border Collie / Aussie Shepherd mix named Port (short for Porter Rockwell). He thinks he’s a people and loves to camp and ride ATV’s.
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
Tons of them. I was a very active child that grew up playing sports and playing on a farm. Cuts and scrapes were common place. But, my most prominent scar came from barbed wire. My sister and I were racing across a neighbor’s field – something we did quite frequently. Unbeknownst to us, our neighbor had recently strung a line of barbed wire across his field to keep out stray cattle. Neither one of us saw it until it was too late. I still have a scar directly above my lip and she carries one across her eyebrow. Needless to say, my mother wasn’t thrilled when she saw her two oldest children barge into the house with blood running down their faces.
What were you like as a child? What was your favorite toy?
I was a very active child. My sister and I spent most of our time outdoors. If we weren’t tending to the animals, we were swimming in the canal (don’t tell my mom) or riding our bikes. I also played softball competitively and loved to ride horses and water ski. My favorite toy was probably my bike. I could explore for hours and still get home in time for dinner.
Melanie P. Smith went to Dixie Collage and the University of Phoenix where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation from the University of Utah.
She has worked for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office for over 26 years, most of that time has been in the Special Operations Division. She is part of the support staff for the SWAT team, which requires her to respond on call-outs where she mans the radio in the Tactical Command Post, coordinating communication and logistics. She is also a member of the Logistics Unit of the Child Abduction Response Team. In addition she works closely with Search & Rescue, the Mounted Posse, K9 and the Motor Unit. www.melaniepsmith. com