Each Monday I would like to take some time to get to know some of our favorite authors. My hope is that this will help readers connect with the authors.
Today I would like to introduce you to: Melissa Koslin!
Melissa is a newer author. I recently stumbled across her and her book, Never Miss. I was immediately caught by the amazing cover and knew that I had to read it as soon as I read the blurb. I look forward to getting to know her better!
Melissa Koslin is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books. She and Corey, her husband of twenty years, live in Florida, where they do their best not to melt in the sun.
To help us get to know her, I have given her some questions and here are her responses:
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Since 2009. I had an idea for a story, something that’d been in my mind for years and years. I happened to watch an interview with an author, and it hit me I should try writing down my story. I had NO IDEA what I was doing, but I loved it. I rewrote that story at least 10 times to get it to where it is today. Thankfully, I’ve now learned enough not to have to rewrite every book 10 times.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: We’re about to start editing my next book coming out Fall 2022. It’s another Christian romantic suspense being published by Revell. I’m actively writing another book that is not under contract—it’s romantic suspense but a bit prophetic, a little different.
Q: What are some of your writing must haves? (Drink, snack, supplies, etc.)
A: I prefer quiet, of course, but even that isn’t always necessary. I’ll write on the computer or pencil and paper, whatever is at hand. Don’t need anything else.
Q: What is your favorite time period to write about? Or read about?
A: I love reading historicals (mid/late 1800s, early 1900s), but I only write in modern times. I’m terrified of missing some hugely important historical detail that ruins the entire story!
Q: What are some of your favorite books?
A: Of course, my favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre. I also love Harry Potter, O. Henry short stories, and anything by Rosanna M. White, Jody Hedlund, or Elizabeth Camden. I usually write suspense, but oddly, I rarely read it. I don’t want ideas from other books making it into mine.
Q: If you could spend a day with one fictional character, who would you pick and what would you do?
A: My favorite fictional character of all time is probably Jane Eyre. She was abused horribly, but she never stops to pity herself. She keeps going, keeps taking care of herself and living an upstanding life, all during a time when women didn’t have as much freedom and general respect as we enjoy now. And I love how she’s still quiet and kind—she shows that we don’t have to be loud and overpowering. There is strength in quiet. And what would we do? Probably have a cup of tea and walk along the moors.
I have saved my favorite question for last!
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your books?
A: Mostly, I want them to have fun reading them. I want my books to be an escape. And I also hope they help strengthen faith and give hope that there is good in the world—no matter how much bad there is, there are always good people willing to sacrifice for others. In this particular book, I hope people see how different Lyndon and Kadance are and see how they are able to find balance. They’re not from the same background and don’t think the same, but that’s okay—they appreciate each other’s strengths. We need more of that in the world right now.
To connect with Melissa, I have provided a link to her author page: here.
To order her book, you can go here: Amazon, Baker Book House, and Barnes & Noble.
I’m also featuring her book, Never Miss! It comes out tomorrow! This is one of my next reads and I can’t wait! Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf!
About the book:
Former CIA sniper Kadance Tolle possesses a special set of skills and a rare pedigree. She comes from a family of assassins, and by saving Lyndon Vaile’s life she risks being found by them. Despite the danger, Kadance feels compelled to help Lyndon discover who is after him–and his research that seems to prove that the Ebola virus was manmade and is about to be weaponized.
With shadowy figures pursuing them and a Mastermind watching their every move, Kadance and Lyndon must scramble to stop an impending bioattack at the State of the Union address. But their warnings fall on deaf ears, and it becomes increasingly clear that there’s no one they can trust–except perhaps each other.
Strap in for a breakneck story that will have you up all night, hurtling toward the last page as the clock ticks and time runs out.