Author Showcase: Melanie Nowak
Melanie Nowak came in at number 10 for the Best Indie Authors of 2018.
Author Bio: Melanie Nowak is author of the venomous vampire series ALMOST HUMAN, and a happily married mom of two boys. She holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. Originally a Long Islander, she now lives with her family on a peaceful mountaintop in the forest of upstate New York. She has always had a vivid imagination and a fascination for the paranormal. Acting and singing are loves of hers as well. However, upon conceiving the idea for her ALMOST HUMAN series in 2003, she discovered a previously unknown passion for writing! Now she puts her over-active imagination to good use, creating characters she loves, and she gets to play all of the parts!
“The Interview” What gives you inspiration?
My writing is very emotionally driven. Each of my characters has been taken from the seed of something within myself. I have been lucky enough in my life never to have been sexually abused or addicted to drugs - but everything that goes into making up the personalities for my characters, how they feel and react to things, has come from some little grain of dealing with something in my own life - magnified. At some point in my life I have totally identified with and "been" these people. Even if it didn't outwardly show - this is how I felt and wanted to react. Giving voice to these personas is very cathartic!
Advice to aspiring writers?
Decide why you are writing. Is your ultimate goal to be on a bookstore shelf, or to tell an amazing story? If you just want to write but aren’t as emotionally connected to it, that is an entirely different path from someone who wants to truly express & share feelings and ideas; the difference between writing articles or informative observation pieces, and writing a novel.... Whatever publishing path you feel is right for you, do not give up!
The Books: 1. Captivating Vampires: ALMOST HUMAN ~ The First Series ~ Book 1 2. Vampiress Rising: ALMOST HUMAN ~ The Second Series ~ Book 1 3. Uniting Vampires: ALMOST HUMAN ~ The Third Series ~ Book 1
The ALMOST HUMAN saga is one story following the same characters chronologically, and must be read in order. You can jump in and read the first book of the 2nd or 3rd series without having read the prior series, but it is much more enjoyable if you start at the beginning!