I'd like to welcome my good friend Melanie Dickerson to my blog today. Melanie is giving away her debut book, The Healer's Apprentice. Be sure to leave a post and your email addy to be entered.
Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and she taught English in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.melaniedickerson.com
In this historical romance loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, a woodcutter's daughter becomes the town healer's apprentice. Rose's job is to care for the sick and injured in Hagenheim Castle. But she gets sick at the sight of blood and is more suited to making up stories than sewing up wounds. She is determined to overcome her weakness and prove herself a competent healer, or she faces marrying a disgusting old merchant her mother has picked out for her.
Lord Hamlin, the future ruler of the region, is injured and Rose must overcome her squeamishness to save him. He is everything that is noble and good, but loving him is forbidden. He is already betrothed to a mysterious woman in hiding. With two noble-born brothers vying for her affections, Rose learns that the people of Hagenheim are not always who they seem.
1) Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I am in my study and I am wearing my “around the house” clothes, a tank top and a skort.
2) Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?
I have to say my daughters, Grace and Faith. Grace has read The Healer’s Apprentice three times (I won’t let her read my other books yet) and she says it is “yummy.” Faith is my publicist. She tells everybody—and I do mean everybody—about my book. And they prayed for a long time for me to get published!
3) This is your debut book? Can you tell us what it feels like to finally get the call that your book is being published?
Well, I was in shock for about 30 minutes! Then I was really happy and excited, but I still could hardly believe it. It’s amazing, a dream come true.
4) If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
That’s a tough one, because in most books, the characters go through all kinds of bad stuff before they can have their happy ending! Maybe I would be Scarlet O’Hara so I could straighten up and realize what a doofus I was being and prevent most of the bad stuff from happening!
5) How many times have we heard Medievals aren’t selling? Can you tell us why you think yours was picked up?
Well, my short answer would be, because of the grace of God! He’d heard me crying for three years … Seriously, I think it didn’t really matter about the setting. My publisher was ready for something that would appeal to young people, a young adult romance that was different and yet sort of timeless. I think Twilight, which was such a huge bestseller and was also a young adult romance, opened the door to The Healer’s Apprentice getting published. I was (finally) in the right place at the right time, market-wise.
6) Did anyone inspire you to write?
Yes and no! No one in particular, but all the great authors I’ve read in my lifetime.
7) If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
Can I offer my top two? Jane Austen and Beth Moore. With Jane, I’d want to ask her tons of questions. We’d go for walks for our health when the weather was nice and discuss about all the eligible men and women in the neighborhood and who had been gazing longingly at whom. With Beth Moore, we’d talk about God and the Bible and what God has done in our lives, and then we’d laugh and eat whatever her favorite food is and laugh some more! She would be a lot of fun.
9) What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
Hmm. I’m really not materialistic at all, I guess because nothing is coming to mind! I don’t own precious keepsakes from a relative, nor do I own anything of great worth! I guess I would have to say my picture albums. I used to scrapbook a lot, so I have a lot of time and money in my albums, not to mention the great memories with my husband and kids!
10) What is something that very few people know about you?
That I’m really uptight. People think I’m calm because I like projecting that image, but really, I’m an emotional mess! I keep it hidden most of the time. I get really anxious, though, and tend to overreact and panic. I put that characteristic on one of my heroines, in a yet-to-be-contracted book, and it was fun. I laughed at myself when I laughed at her!
Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Friday, September 27th.