How did you know you wanted to be an author?: This is a hard question to answer. Since I was old enough to read, I devoured books. I was also a quiet child and enjoyed sitting in the room absorbing the storytelling around me. Writing was a way for me to make sense of the world, so I did it. When I found that my words resonated with others, I wanted to share my work and sought publication.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Read. I'm always surprised when aspiring writers tell me they would rather write than read. But reading is a part of the writing process. Read the classics, read postmodern literature, read books that make you uncomfortable, read what inspires you. Create a Goodreads account (if you don't have one) and set a reading challenge goal each year. Try to surpass it.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: My approach is never consistent. I tend to collect phrases and notes on Post-Its or in journals so that when I do sit down to write, I have something to get me started. I also read voraciously to help me stay connected to powerful writing.
What message do you want readers to remember?: Stories are sacred and words matter. Thoughtful reflection is essential to creating impactful literature. I hope that my work has had an impact on you. If so, please reach out. Authors love to hear from their readers. We have bad days, and a kind note from a reader can make that bad day into a great one.
How can fans get in contact with you?: I have a contact form on my website, http://www.melissagrunow.com