I’m delighted to welcome author Melissa Turner Lee back to Thoughts in Progress as part of her Juniper Grove Book Solutions Virtual Book Tour for her Christian paranormal romance release, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY.
Melissa joins us today to talk about her writing, books, and to share an
First here’s a brief synopsis of THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY.
Nathaniel Taylor was a Christian who thought believers were exempted from "dark times." That was until he entered his own long time in the dark. When he meets Lilly, a young woman in danger, it sends him on a journey to discover the difference between night and day and that during dark times, the Light is hidden, not gone.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIGHT AND NIGHT is available at the following locations: Amazon Paperback | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Before she share an excerpt from the book, Melissa has graciously answered some questions for me.
Mason: With the book’s release, as you look back what was the biggest surprise that occurred in writing the story?
That I made fans of people who were against me writing the book.
Mason: Have you always wanted to write or was there an event that led you to writing?
I have always wanted to write but forgot for a while when my boys were young. I got a free day from my husband to go spend the day to myself and ended up at a bookstore to read. I remembered that I used to want to write and decided to start.
Mason: Of all the authors (past and present) you enjoy reading, has any one (or more) been an influence in your writing?
Margaret Mitchell. She wrote such complex characters and story. The amoral people still had noble qualities that makes you still pulled for them. People criticize Gone With The Wind for it being a romance going on in the middle of war on slavery, but never really addresses that issue. Well of course not. The main character is self-absorbed. Do you think Paris Hilton thinks too deeply about social issues? But Margaret Mitchell created that kind of character and still makes you pull for her. That takes something special. Scarlett O’Hara is a horrible person but you keep pulling for her and Rhett.
Mason: Tell us how the cover art for THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY came to be.
The wonderful Marcy Rachel made the cover. We found several pictures and she put them together to make a cover that conveys the story so well. I love it.
Mason: As a published author, has your perspective of authors changed?
Yes. I thought they all hung out in the author’s clubhouse wearing boas and having lofty thoughts. So far, I’ve not gotten my invite to the clubhouse so my life is pretty much the same of cooking dinner, washing clothes and also writing words.
Mason: What can readers look forward to next from you?
I’m writing a time travel romance set in the 90s called FOREVER LAYLA.
Melissa, thanks for joining us and answering my questions. I can understand how Margaret Mitchell would be an influence to a writer, she is to readers as well.
Now here’s an excerpt from THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY for your reading pleasure and to entice you a bit more.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches.
She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.
For more on Melissa and her writing, visit her at the following sites: Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Blog
GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Melissa is hosting a tour wide giveaway to celebrate her book. Prizes include the following:
GRAND PRIZE: Gift basket that includes a signed print copy of THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY, a prayer journal, and swag pack including book charm (not pictured). This prize giveaway is onl
y available to residents of the U.S.
SECOND PLACE: $20 winner's choice of gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (or even PayPal Cash). This prize giveaway is available internationally.
Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. To follow Melissa’s tour, visit her Juniper Grove Book Solutions Author’s Page for the tour schedule.
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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Is there an author that has influenced your writing or your reading?