Author Interview with Melanie Robertson-King

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I’ve never done this before so I hope you’ll bear with me whilst I work my way through this new territory. I’ve read lots of author interviews so how hard can it be? Maybe I’m nervous because my first interview is with Melanie. After all, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her. She created my character.

Anyway, I’ve managed to catch Melanie between events and she’s agreed to this last minute idea of mine, so (gulp) here we go. Over to you, Melanie.

Thanks for inviting me to talk to your followers, Sarah.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing the summer after I finished what you would call primary school. Here in Canada it would be grade 8. Before I started penning my own stories, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on.

Before A Shadow in the Past, did you have any of your writing published?

It wasn’t until 2001 but yes. My first published article appeared in The Scottish Banner. It was about William Quarrier, the founder of The Orphan Homes of Scotland. I sent the article off and never heard anything. You can imagine my surprise when my copy of the Banner arrived (I subscribed to it) and there was my article – a two page spread!

All of my non-fiction work has been historical in nature, as is a portion of A Shadow in the Past. Believe it or not, I hated history in school and was ever so glad to be able to drop it after my second year in secondary school.

There’s all this talk out there about author brand. Do you have one?

If we can insert my cover image in here, I’ll try to explain my 4RV Publishing created brand.

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingIn this cover, the transparent band at the top and bottom of the cover image creates the brand. So, with any other projects that pertain to YA Paranormal/time-travel published by 4RV, I see the same font used, my name at the top and the title at the bottom in the same format as here. I see the mirror playing an important role in book two as well. Think author name in the top band as in this cover and title in the bottom band… see where I’m going?

When people see this style, they’ll know it’s me.

But I have another author brand, too. This one is completely different.

The Consequences CollectionThis is my King Park Press brand… author name at the bottom and title at the top, still with the hyphenated surname which is the combination of my maiden name and my married name.

Wow! I didn’t think it was so complicated. I’m glad you explained it. What are your next projects? And can you give us a hint to the content?

I’m working on the sequel to A Shadow in the Past. And no content hints… aka spoilers. I can say that I see the cover being similar in that the ‘brand’ will be the same and my idea of the perfect cover will be a reverse of this… you in the present looking in the mirror and seeing yourself in the past but there will be two, very important characters with you but their reflections will be transparent.

I can’t wait for the sequel to be published. You have an image in mind for the cover, what about the title?

Currently, the working title for the sequel is Shadows from her Past. It fits really well with the storyline.

Oooh… sounds like it will be a fab read. Any idea when it will be out?

Don’t get too excited. I’ve not got the first draft finished yet. I’ve got about 62,000 words done (which includes the ending) but there’s still stuff I want to add to it.

Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to drop by, Melanie. I always thought being a character was far easier than being the writer and now I know for sure that I’m right.

You can find out more about Melanie and her books at her Celtic Connexions blog and her website.

 

Coming on 4 August – an ebook launch splash

E-book launch splash for A Shadow in the Past

4 August, 2013

I can’t wait! If I know Melanie, she’s got a great party planned for that day. And why not celebrate? Now people who prefer to read on an e-reader can enjoy her fab book, too.

ebook cover on readerBlurb:

When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

You can buy Melanie’s book at the links below (change the .co.uk in the amazon one to whatever your domain is) but not yet. She would like it if you waited until the 4th to make your purchase so that when all the sales are registered on that one day, A Shadow in the Past will soar up the charts.

So mark your calendars for that date and get your buying fingers limbered up.

4RV Publishing is entered in Staples’ PUSH It Forward Contest!

4RV Publishing, winner of the 2012 Best of Edmond Book Publishers, is entered in the Staples’ PUSH It Forward Contest aimed at promoting and assisting small businesses.
digital-award-best-of-edmond-2012cdbw-qn5a-u9bb.jpgMy creator, Melanie Robertson-King, along with other 4RV authors, is spreading the word via Facebook, blog, Twitter, and a number of other social media platforms.

You can help, too, by voting for 4RV by clicking here.

So what are you waiting for? It’s easy.

Melanie Robertson-King (my creator) is guesting on two blogs today…

Melanie is in Australia talking to Wendy Laharnar on her blog Wendy L about her love of Scotland and her inspiration for her novel – A Shadow in the Past.
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I love this cover. I hate getting my picture taken but Aidana WillowRaven captured more than just my physical image, don’t ya think?

Anyway, Melanie is also guest blogging over at Romancing the Genres so be sure to drop by there, too.

If you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy after reading these two posts, then maybe you’ll share a tweet or two?

Here’s one for each blog…

Join @Wendy_author as she interviews @RobertsoKing about A Shadow in the Past and her love of Scotland http://ow.ly/kIyWI

Love knows no bounds – time or place says @RobertsoKing http://ow.ly/kIz4S

And don’t forget to drop by her blog, Celtic Connexions, to see what she’s blogging about and where she’ll be next.

 

Did you know?

That the Goodreads giveaway that Melanie is doing for her novel – A Shadow in the Past – starring Sarah Shand (that’s me), ends in 1 day, 17 hours and counting? Hard to believe it’s that close to the end.

So far 671 people have entered for their chance to win one of two signed copies. Can we boost it to over one thousand? Let’s try. Here’s what it’s about…

A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-KingNineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

Doesn’t that sound like a cracker of a read? If that doesn’t entice you enough, how about having a look at the trailer for it.

If you don’t win in Melanie’s giveaway, you can buy her smashing novel from her publisher 4RV Publishing, amazon.com, .ca, and .co.uk, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Coles and some bricks and mortar stores, too.

Good luck everyone!

Did you know that today is…

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Living here in Scotland, I grew up with all the classic fairy tales but some local to my home country, too. Here’s the link to a list of the Scottish Fairy Tales over at Electric Scotland.

The story that scared me the worst was about Sawney Bean. The story was scary enough but when I was a wee girl, my dad used to tell me he’d get Sawney Bean after me if I didn’t eat my sprouts. To this day, I can’t look them without thinking of that creepy story.

By Otter (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Maiden Stone is one of the many Pictish standing stones here in Aberdeenshire. The local legend is that the daughter of a local laird was turned to stone when she bet a stranger she could bake a large amount of bread before he could build a road up to the top of Bennachie.

Well, the stranger turned out to be the Devil, and he won the bet. When she tried to escape, the Devil caught her right here on this spot and turned her to stone. The notch in the side of the stone is where he touched her shoulder.

Okay, being turned to stone by the Devil is scary but not nearly as bad as being eaten by Sawney Bean.

But if those stories aren’t quite to your liking, how about sticking with some of the Scottish myths and legends – stone circles, ley lines, sprinkled with a little romance and intrigue? If that’s more to your liking, then how about a great debut novel by Melanie Robertson-KingA Shadow in the Past featuring moi? A-Shadow-in-the-Past-by-Melanie-Robertson-King Here’s what it’s about…

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand (that’s me) finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

You can buy Melanie’s novel from her publisher, 4RV Publishing through their online bookstore, as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in Chapters and Cole’s in Canada.

What’s your favourite fairy tale?

Romance and Intrigue for your Valentine…

Do you know what you’re getting for Valentine’s Day from your sweetheart yet?

heart chocolatesheart chocolates If you’re up for dropping hints to your boyfriend, then let me suggest Melanie Robertson-King’s novel, A Shadow in the Past.

 
It’s got romance, intrigue, suspense, and more! a shadow in the past cover 500x773

And just look at that fab cover! What isn’t there to love about it?

So what’s all the buzz about the book? Here’s the back cover blurb:

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand (that’s me) finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women. When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages; powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum. After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.

Now if that isn’t enough to get you hooked… then read what people are saying about A Shadow in the Past:

I loved this Scottish time-slip novel. A great story expertly told.

Ms. Robertson-King has a gift for capturing dialogue that is familiar to today’s audience while remaining true to historical details that enrich her stories.

Great book and a very pro-active publisher!

A Shadow in the Past is a period drama/time travel combined with romance. The author’s research into life in Victorian Scotland, alongside her study of the horrors of being incarcerated in an asylum, is exceptional. The book is a must-read for me.

A Shadow of the Past brought a unique new voice to time travel.

A Shadow in the Past is an amazing story and the way author has described it, it’s really fantastic. When you read the book, you feel as if all this is happening right in front of you!

Fabulous book! A lovely adventure full of surprises!

Awesome book can’t wait for the sequel.

Awesome Book!

Fantastic book set in my home country. Well written and easy to follow and read.

Outlander for Young Adults.

And what a great story developed.

A charming time-slip love story with vivid description and authenticity throughout!

A great first novel and I will look forward to reading more books by Melanie Robertson-King in the future.

You can order A Shadow in the Past from the following:

4RV Publishing: http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/robertson-king.php

Amazon.ca, ChaptersIndigo, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.co.uk.