Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to chat
with a very talented and very nice author. So, without further
delay, let’s hear from...
Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer? When did
it hit you that you actually were a published author? How did you
Yes, I did. Telling stories has
fascinated me since I was very young. When I got the first e-mail
from Loose Id that they’d accepted Tales of the Magician 1: The
Captive One, it was around seven in the morning. I jumped up and
down a lot, then called my family. It took quite some time for me to
catch on that the e-mail of “we’ve changed our minds,” wasn’t going
to show up.
You have had many varied careers, what was your best and worst
job, and why?
The best one is writing. I have to write
everyday. I don’t know about worst. Teaching is hard, but it’s not
“the worst.” Probably the “worst” would be waiting tables. But you
get to study people when you do that, and you learn a lot about
Tell us about Melinda and who she really is.
Melinda is a person who likes to
entertain, and who likes to pull you into other worlds, which is
where she’s the most comfortable.
I read you love to travel. Where would you love to go that you
haven’t traveled to? And what is the place that you most enjoy
Of course, the place I most want to
visit is Egypt. I have a strong desire to see the pyramids and the
temples. Plans are in the works, if things go right, for that to
happen in about four years. My favorite place so far was London. I
absolutely loved it, loved the people, loved the history and loved
everything about it, even the food <g>.
If you could travel to any time or place in history, where
would it be, and why?
Once again, it would be Egypt. I would
choose the time of Ramesses II, the greatest Pharaoh of all times,
or at least to me. I would love to watch him in action. A close
second would be England during the time of Henry VIII, as long as he
didn’t turn his romantic eyes toward me.
Tell us some of your favorites…foods, movies, books, authors,
seasons, holidays, music, and any other favorites?
I love Thai, Sushi, and Italian food. I
love horror movies, but not slasher movies. Favorite movies are Gone
With The Wind, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and all the Star Wars movies. I have
lots of favorite actors, chief among them Russell Crowe, Eric Bana
and Orlando Bloom. I’m a big reader, and will pretty much try
anything, but I love mystery and romance the best. Favorite authors
are Elizabeth Peters, Nancy Martin, Charlaine Harris, Dana Cameron
and Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. For romance, I love Anya Bast,
Titania Ladley, Jen Holling, Anne Douglas, Allyson James, … the list
could go on and on. I love classic rock and R&B music, like the
Robert Cray Band, Jeff Healey, Stevie Ray, The Eagles, Heart and
Fleetwood Mac. I love Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus, I
love anytime I can spend time with my family.
I read you are fascinated by history and the past. Do you
incorporate your love of history into your writing? Ancient Egypt
seems to be a favorite of yours. What fascinates you about Egypt?
The past fascinates me. I love to see
where we’ve been, and how things were accomplished. I think I
incorporate my love of history into some of my books. The Tales of
the Magician books deal with archeologists. I’m fascinated by
history and the things we can learn from the past. Egypt has
fascinated me since I was a child. My mother teased me that it was
Yul Brynner in a kilt in The Ten Commandments that did it. I have to
agree with her <g>. Seriously, though, their advance society that
thrived, and the many ways their lived and loved and yes, even their
fascination with death, fascinates me to this day.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Keep to your dreams. Write what you
know. Don’t let anyone discourage you. Just keep on hitting the
keyboard and sending things out. Even rejections show that you’re
following your dream, and it can’t come true if you never write
Do your friends and family read your work, and what do they
Funny you should ask that…they know.
Some approve, some don’t. My older brother googled Melinda one day.
He found some of my early work, which is spanking erotica. He called
me and said, “Is this you?” When I said yes, the phone got very
quiet. I think it took him a few minutes to realize his baby sister,
who is well into her forties, was writing about erotic spankings.
Then he laughed and said, “and you make money doing this?”
If you could use only five words to describe yourself, what
would they be, and why?
Laid-back, loyal, fun-loving,
workaholic, loner. I love to work, and writing is a lonely business
that I take too fairly well. But, I also love to play with friends
and family and have a good time.
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and how is the best way
for them to get in touch with you?
It’s fun to hear what people liked and
didn’t like about my books. They can e-mail me at
email@example.com or they can visit my blog, which I’m
terrible at updating, at
http://www.barron-chronicles.blogspot.com/ or myspace at
http://www.myspace.com/melindabarron or join my Yahoo group, The
Eclectic Erotic Sirens, with Jade Buchanan and Midnyte Dupree, at
When you are writing do you plan your stories all out before
starting, or do you write page by page?
I have a general idea of what I want to
do, and then the characters take over and control me. This is
especially true in my BDSM books. The Dom controls my writing, just
like he controls the sub, <g>.
What would a perfect day for you involve?
On workdays, it would be to sleep until
at least nine or ten. Get up, enjoy coffee and the fresh air from
the open windows. Then, sit down and start to work. On play days it
would be eat out, enjoy a movie or a day at a bookstore.
How do you spend your free time?
Reading, watching movies, going to
bookstores, spending time with family and friends.
Do you have anything else you would like to share with us?
I have a new book coming out Sept. 11
from Loose Id. Sweet
Perfection is the sequel to Sweet Vibrations, which released in
August. Then Sweet Silence, the third book in the series, releases
in November. All these books are BDSM. I love the dynamic of BDSM
books, and the exchange of power between a Dom/sub.
And, I have stories coming out with
Resplendence Publishing, starting in October with Nuit Aux Trois,
a ménage/ghost story.
I feel blessed that I’ve been able to
fulfill my dreams of writing stories, and I hope I can keep it up
for a long time.