Sunday, 26 May 2013

Author Interview - Melissa LeGette




Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.

Tell us a bit about your family. My big brother started a sustainable vegetable farm a few years ago and I'm one of the workers there. My mom and dad also help tons at the farm. My older sister lives an hour away and is an English Professor. 

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? 
I fret. I worry over the silliest most pathetic things.

What is your favorite food? 
Indian followed by Italian followed by Mexican followed by anything fried followed by…

When and why did you begin writing? 
I think people who love to write just find themselves doing it. I remember playing at writing when I was really young. The same is probably true for artists and musicians. If it's in your blood, you'll do it. Simple as that. 

When did you first know you could be a writer? 
Oddly enough it was my mom who suggested the profession. I was busily penning my first novel and telling her all about it when she asked, "Melissa what do you want to do when you grow up?" (I was probably 15 at the time.) I said, "I don't know." (And I really didn't.) She then said, "Why don't you be a writer?" The question rather blew me away. It had never dawned on me that I could be a writer. But it was so obvious. I haven't looked back since.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? 
Fantasy. It's always been my favorite genre to read as well as write. It's my safety blanket. 

What inspired you to write your first book? 
I wasn't doing much of anything. I was sitting outside in my backyard, thinking of nothing in particular, when I suddenly wanted to write a story. The main character of the novel popped into my head and it flowed from there. My first book in particular was heavily inspired by the movie adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. My early childhood WAS that movie.

Who designed the cover? Ileana Hunter did the artwork. The reference photo was done by Sergiu Cioban.

Can we expect any more books from you in the future? I hope I'll always be writing. My third is getting closer to publication and I've got a handful of stories that are clamoring to be told. If you visit my blog, I post little glimpses into my future projects.

What are your current writing projects now? 
I just finished the first draft of Quest for Milo. It's now in the hands of my test readers. My editor is going to be getting it this summer. I haven't yet decided which project (I've got a lot of them) will be the next one I'll focus on, but right now I'm leaning toward one that's set in a maze. I've pretty energized about it. It's going to be … twisted.


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The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other. Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers. Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything...

Praise "To say I loved this book is an understatement. Mally is a wonderful character and she encounters so many quirky folks on her assignment. Very well written and engaging story! And an added bonus of a love triangle! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!" ~April Holgate  

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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
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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
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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
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