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MEET THE
AUTHOR

MELISSA ANN ROSS


Shades Of Romance Magazine:  Please give the readers a brief bio on you the person and the writer:

Melissa Ann Ross:
Melissa Ann Ross, a Licensed Minister, has been writing for over ten years.  A native of Lake Charles, La she enjoys spending time at home with her husband and four children.  Melissa met her husband, Ray, while serving in the United States Army, in Honduras, Central America. She recently published her first novel, "Love is Forever", with 1st Books Library, the first of a trilogy. Her favorite genre to read is Romance novels.  She reads everything from Western, to Modern, and even Paranormal Romances. The author is fast at work collecting research material for the second book in the Love series, and hopes to have the project completed for publication soon. Her fondest wish is that her readers will find as much enjoyment in her books, as she finds in writing them. 

SORM:  Tell us about your current book?

ROSS: Love is Forever, is the story of a young bi-racial woman, living in colonial Louisiana.  She meets and falls in love with the eldest son of a powerful Hispanic family.  The couple battles their families, the community, as well as the laws of this land to be together.  They travel out of the country to be secretly wed, and return to New Orleans where they face their biggest enemy.  Their love is tested beyond normal boundaries, they are separated, not knowing if the other lives or is dead.  Eventually they are reunited, but is their love enough to sustain them?

SORM:  Which scene is the book is your favorite?

ROSS:  My favorite scene is their struggle on a muddy back road in New Orleans, where Melinda accidentally injures Javier.  I still giggle when I get to that part.

SORM:  What would you like your readers to take away from your book?

ROSS:  I want my readers to take away the lesson that Love is Forever, love never truly is lost.  Love can see us through a multitude of trials and tribulations, and if we simply believe in the love that we have for another, it will see us through.

SORM:  If your book could be made into a movie, whom would you choose to play the lead characters?

ROSS:  I think that the perfect leading lady would be Jada Pickett-Smith, and the handsome leading man would be played by none other than Kamar De Los Reyes(Antonio Vega, One Life to Live).  They would create magic on the screen together.

SORM:  Do you think you'll ever write another historical?

ROSS:  Yes Historical Romance is my favorite genre to read.  I am collecting research for the second book in the Love Series, Love is Forever was the first of trilogy.  I am also working on an inspirational piece because God is my first love.

SORM:  Do you have a favorite historical?:

ROSS: My favorite Historical Book, is the Bible.  Being a licensed Minister, I study the word of God on a daily basis, every time I pick up that Historical document inspired by God, I learn something new.

SORM: What was the best writing advice you received?

ROSS:  The writing advice I received was from Beverly Jenkins.  I read a book about publishing in which she was interviewed about writing novels.  In that interview she said write about what you know about.  She said that if you're African American write about African Americans, not Englishmen.  I am a romantic at heart and so I write about romance.

SORM:  Have you done any freelance writing?

ROSS: I have written mostly Marriage corner pieces, which were published the Monthly Newsletter, True Spiritual Grape-vine.  The newsletter was circulated by the True Spirit Baptist Missionary Church of Colorado Springs, Co.

SORM:  What advice would you give someone whose book is aboutto be published?

ROSS: To someone is just now in the production status, I would say start marketing early.  Learn all you can about promoting your title, even before the title goes live.  Print business cards, flyers, promote, promote, promote.

SORM:  What is the latest pager-turner you've read?


ROSS:  The latest page-turner I've read was by Elizabeth Atkins Bowman, entitled Dark Secret.  It was definitely a page-turner.  It is a Romantic Thriller to say the least.

SORM:  Do you have any advice for those aspiring writers?

ROSS: For those aspiring writers, I would say, believe in your abilities.  A rejection letter from an established publisher doesn't mean that you can't become a published author.  Look for other avenues, and just because one company says no, someone else may say yes.

SORM:  How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

ROSS:  Readers can contact me my email at : raymel@cox-internet.com.  I am in the process of securing a post office box and will publish that information soon.

SORM:  Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

ROSS: The next book due for publication is "Woman of Honor, Child of God."  It is an inspirational piece about a Christian teenager, struggling with her beliefs, and boyfriend any girl would die for.

Here is an excerpt:

"Baby listen, nobody make me feel da way you do."  "I lul you Angie like I ain't never lul nobody before."

"C'mon say you lul me too Angie."  Unable to fight the feelings any longer Angie gave in and told him what he wanted to hear.

"I love you too Tommy."

"Good girl, I'm gon see ya at school tomorrow?" he asked.

"Yes, I'm returning tomorrow", she said quietly.  "Good cause I don know how much longer I could go wit out seeing ya baby."

"I've missed you too Tommy."

"What I really missed wuz holdin ya in my arms, and kissin ya."

"Really Tommy?  Have you really missed being with me?" she asked tentatively.

  Feeling elated that he now had her convinced of his feelings for her, he said, "Girl I miss ya so much till I dream bout cha at night."  "I'm telling ya girl you all I ken think about."

"Sometimes I have dreams about you also Tommy."

"Yeah, what kind of dreams?"

"You know, about us being together", she said shyly.

"I dream bout us being ta gether too, you and me gitting busy, doing a little sumpin sumpin."  "Sometimes I wake up in a sweat girl, dreaming bout you and me."

Giggling Angie glanced at the clock on the wall and noticed that it was nearly nine o' clock and said, "I wish I could talk longer but I have to go now."

"Alright, I'll see you at the school tomorrow, I lul ya girl."

"I love you too, Tommy, bye."

After hanging up Angie hugged herself and reveled in the feelings washing over her.  She had been almost sure that Tomeeka had misunderstood what was going on between Tommy and Shelia, now she knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt.  Tommy had called her and told her how much he loved her

SHADES OF ROMANCE MAGAZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. ROSS FOR THIS INTERVIEW.  WE WISH YOU MUCH SUCCESS WITH YOUR CARRER.