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It was my pleasure to interview fellow Florida writer, Melinda Clayton for the Platina Post.

Melinda is just a couple of hours north of us, in Deltona, where she and her family live. Melinda is the author of two series: The Cedar Hollow Series, which includes novels Appalachian Justice, Return to Crutcher Mountain, Entangled Thorns, and Shadow Days; and, The Tennessee Delta Series, which includes Blessed Are the Wholly Broken and A Woman Misunderstood. She also authored Making Amends, a novel of psychological suspense.

In addition to writing, Melinda has an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration and is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of Florida and Colorado.

Melinda, how long have you been writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I began writing professionally sometime around 2007-2008. I’m a psychotherapist as well as a writer, and about ten years ago I decided I needed to cut back on direct care hours with clients in order to focus more time on my children. I began to branch out with writing mental health/relationship-type articles for various magazines and newsletters, as well as a few grant proposals for our local ARC. From there, I graduated to writing short stories, published in both magazines and anthologies, and in 2010 my first novel was published.

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Don’t let anyone kid you! If a writer says, Oh, it just came to me and I wrote it… Yeah, right. There’s always a story behind the story. Imagination and creativity are what takes the ordinary, the ho-hum of something that is always there, or is just around the corner, and turns it into something bigger.

It could be as unassuming a thing as overhearing a conversation between two people on an airplane and suddenly your imagination combines with the part of the writer’s mind that brings out the creativity of an idea—kicks into full bloom and a story is birthed. It may not be detailed, it will not be complete, but somehow, you just know this is it!

For example, the Tales Of Nevaeh series, a sci-fi / Fantasy combo came to me this way. Oh, it wasn’t overnight, it wasn’t even recent; it was something that ticked inside my head like a time bomb awaiting release.

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Cover Model Angelina Cavanaugh, is the model for the Tales Of Nevaeh Series.

Cover Model for Tales Of Mevaeh, Angelina CavanaughWelcome, Angelina, and thank you for doing this blog interview with me. You grace the cover of all the full length novels for Tales

Of Nevaeh, [ Born To Magic, The Dark Masters, and Trinity]; and, I have to say, when cover artist Erin Dameron Hill showed me your picture the first time, I knew you would be perfect—and you were! So, let’s let the readers out there know a little more about you.
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February 17, 2015

Changing Hats II

I don’t like this hat!

For me, writing is about creating people and places and even worlds that spring from within my mind.BUT now that Born To Magic is out, I find myself spending hours and hours every day trying to promote it.

Yes, after 33 traditionally published novels I am now an independently published author, and yes, at this point and with my fourth Indie book out I know I must promote my work or it will not get anywhere. BUT it certainly doesn’t bode well for the future of writers, when they must spend more time promoting than writing.

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Writers Organizations: Authors Guild | SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) | MWA (Mystery Writers of America) | MWA-New York | Novelists, Inc. | ITW (International Thriller Writers) | RWA