Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Author Interview - Melanie Schulz


I live in Upstate New York with my husband and three children, where I’ve pretty much been planted my entire life.  Which is fine, because it’s beautiful here. My only complaint is that most people assume that New York means NYC, which it doesn’t. There. I’ve done my part in exposing the truth. Truth. The truth is I’m not a writer; storyteller maybe, but not a writer. It wasn’t something I spent years dreaming of, or even what I went to school for. I’m a nurse. I love being a nurse. So why write? I don’t know. I do know when it started, though. September 3, 2010.

I know this because I nature journal, and on that day Joel made it into my notes. I guess that’s fitting. Someone like him needed to be birthed out in the woods. If you were to meet me, and I hope someday you do, you would not connect me with this story. I’m a wife, a mother, a nurse. The person who wrote this should’ve been a guy, first off, secondly he should be some militaristic strategist; that’s who you’d expect to see if you were to come to a book signing, not me. But I’m there, in every line. So if I don’t have the good fortune to meet you in person, I hope to see you in THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT.


What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Liking myself.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I was alone a lot, so my imagination had a chance to develop. My writing is really only a continuation of that. 

When and why did you begin writing? On September 3, 2010, I was nature journaling and for some reason I started jotting down ideas about who Joel was and a little about Newstead. A lot has changed since then, but those two things have stayed the same. 

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? That people don’t always understand what you’re trying to say, or they do understand and get offended. 

Do you intend to make writing a career? I intend to make it a way of life. 

What is your greatest strength as a writer? I am a visual person, so when I’m writing, the people and situations are very present and alive in my head. I just write what I see.  

Can you tell us about your main characters?  Joel has an inner strength and quietness, a deepness that no one seems to understand, not even him. Rachel is a bit different. She’s full of herself and insecure all at the same time. She’s human. She’s failable. She’s real.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? Writing is hard. It’s hard to put feelings into words, hard to put yourself out there. Because that’s what you’re really doing; you’re opening your soul for the world to see.

Will you write others in this same genre? This book is the first of a trilogy. After that, there are five stand-alone novels which are part of a collection called Newstead Anthem. They are all tied to the trilogy, but novels in their own right. I will follow these with one last book that will tie it all together. After that, I have no idea.

How much of the book is realistic? Every word. 

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The Newstead Project

the giant.
Joel Cranston shouldn’t exist. He just doesn’t know that yet. He’s lived a pretty normal life for the last sixteen years. If you consider being almost seven feet tall and good at about every sport you’ve ever played normal. Normal ends the day Newstead shows up with an invitation to come to their school.

the school.
Newstead is a private high school in Central Vermont by the Green Mountains. It’s a great place to hide a few hundred people who shouldn’t exist while you train them to become tomorrow’s rulers, tomorrow’s dictators, tomorrow’s gods.
the unexpected.
Rachel Newell thinks she’s just passing through. She never stays any place more than four months and with Newstead so close to Weston, she has even more reason to make this her shortest stop ever. The last thing she expects is to have a reason to stay.

Together Rachel and Joel uncover the truth behind what is the newstead project.

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Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
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2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
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3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

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Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife

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My Soul Slippers

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Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

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Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

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Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun

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Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

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My Awards - May 2011

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My Awards - June 2011
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