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Interview with Edie Melson

What did you enjoy most about writing Alone, and what was the hardest part?
I write a lot of nonfiction, so being able to lose myself in the story and create my own world is my most favorite part.

For me, the hardest thing is battling insecurity. I have so many amazing author friends and the voices in my head are constantly telling me to quit because I’ll never measure up.

Alone is a new genre for you, isn’t it? What drew you to write Speculative Fiction?
I grew up in the sixties, sitting on my daddy’s lap watching the original Star Trek series. For me, science fiction is something I always shared with him, and being able to stretch and grow my writing skills that direction almost feels like coming home.

Did you learn anything new while writing Alone?
I deepened my story-telling skills, and I also reacquainted myself with the joy I find in the process of writing a book.One thing I’ve learned through being in this industry for years is that we each have a unique voice. We should never listen to the whispers that tell us to give up before we even give ourselves a chance!

Where do your story and character ideas come from?

A lot of what I write comes from my own imagination, but I’m always aware of things around me and often take a circumstance and ask, “What if?” Reading has also been a huge influence on my writing career. I became a writer because of all the amazing books I read growing up.

What are you currently reading?

Moving Target from Lynette Eason and the Harbinger Series from Alton Ganksy, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Bill Myers.

What authors do you look up to? And why?

There are just so many! I’m a huge Tosca Lee fan. I love how she weaves an undiscovered strength in her characters. Everything is organic. I feel the same way about Ted Dekker. Both of these authors keep me guessing because they are such out-of-the-box story tellers.

I’ve also read everything from Isaac Asimov that I can get my hands on. I dissect his books and take reams of notes to learn from what he’s written. In fact, my all time favorite books were written by him: Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and The Robots of Dawn. I’m fascinated by his story-telling ability.

Thanks for sharing with us, Edie!


Emilie Hendryx is a freelance writer and photographer living in the heart of Washington, D.C. She writes romantic suspense while dreaming up YA Sci-Fi dystopian worlds on the side. She’s got a soft spot in her heart for animals and a love for the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time you can find her playing guitar or reading a book all while drinking too much coffee.

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