Melissa Mayhue is the author of the soon to be released Warrior’s Redemption, as well as an impressive backlist. The prolific author took time out of her busy schedule to drop in the virtual offices to answer a few questions about her new book.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Melissa Mayhue] Author of Paranormal Romance – Time travel, Highlanders, Medieval Scotland and Faeries AND happy wife, mother, grandma
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Warrior’s Redemption?
[Melissa Mayhue] WARRIOR’S REDEMPTION is the first in my new Warrior’s series, a spin-off of my award-winning Daughters of the Glen series. This is Malcolm MacDowylt’s story. Readers of DotG met Malcolm in A HIGHLANDER’S HOMECOMING, a brash, take-charge 13th century Highland warrior. In this book, they learn more about him and his whole family, including the fact that his family is descended from the ancient Norse gods! Malcolm is plagued with more problems than any one man ever should be – responsibility for an almost destitute clan, guilt over the death of the woman he married to become laird of the MacGahan, a half-brother who wants him dead, a sister held captive, and a Faerie mother-in-law seeking vengeance for her daughter’s death. The last thing he needs is one more responsibility. But that’s exactly what he gets… in the form of Dani Dearmon, sent to his care from seven hundred years in the future!
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Melissa Mayhue] Malcolm and his brother Patrick were secondary characters in an earlier story I wrote. I knew the minute I met them that they would be back. There was just something about them that hinted they had a past and a story waiting to be told. When my editor and I discussed adding a new magical twist to the stories, Malcolm seemed the natural leading man… and The Warriors were born!
[Manga Maniac Café] Why do you think books with paranormal elements are so popular with readers? Why do you enjoy writing them?
[Melissa Mayhue] I believe that readers of paranormal stories love the idea of getting lost in a world where even against overwhelming odds, good still defeats evil. There’s something irresistible about being able to take control in an out-of-control world. For me, the joy in writing paranormal stories is that I can let my imagination have free reign. It also gives me an excuse to spend hours and hours reading old mythology and history books because even fantasy has a basis in what’s already out there.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Melissa Mayhue] After eight books in the Daughters of the Glen series, I was pretty comfortable with both Medieval Scottish history and with the Faerie mythology. Tossing Norse mythology and the ancient Norse gods into the mix sent me back to some pretty intensive research.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your biggest creative influences?
[Melissa Mayhue] I had years and years and years of being an avid reader under my belt before I ever began seriously writing. I’ve read a little of everything over time, but I kept coming back to the stories I loved most and those are the ones that have the biggest influence on what I enjoy writing: Romance, Fantasy, and Suspense. Quite a combo, I know, but I love being able to weave a bit of them all in when the story calls for it.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Melissa Mayhue] 1 — A keyboard or a pen and paper
2 — My copy of The Synonym Finder [always use it]
3 — Music that fits the mood of what I’m writing — without words [lyrics distract me]
And, in a pinch, I can do without #2 and #3. J
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Melissa Mayhue] I really don’t know that I can single out just one book. I have loved to read from the first time I picked up a book. As an only child, the characters in those stories were like companions and their worlds were places where I could get lost and spend my day having all the adventures that world had to offer. One of the earliest series I remember capturing my heart was the Bobbsey Twins, followed by the Pippi Longstocking books. [Although I can also vividly remember even earlier being frustrated that all Dick and Jane and Spot ever did was run and see, so maybe that was the beginning of wanting to write my own stories!]
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Melissa Mayhue] When I’m not writing – or researching for the next book I’ll be writing – I still love research. I’m a genealogy geek who loves nothing better than sifting through copies of old documents. I love to travel and spend time with my family, and I still love reading and puttering in my herb garden and, when there’s time, I enjoy getting lost in a good video game!
[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!!
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MALCOLM MACDOWYLT sees himself a failed warrior, haunted by the death of the woman he married to become laird of Clain MacGahan. Neither his Viking heritage nor his claim to descend from Norse gods can restore his confidence in his ability to protect his people. His sister is held captive, her life in jeopardy, and his Magically powerful half brother wants him dead. The last thing he needs is more responsibility, but that’s exactly what he gets when his Faerie mother-in-law arrives seeking justice for her daughter in the form of an enticing woman from seven hundred years in the future.
DANIELLE DEARMON has waited fifteen years to discover the life she is supposed to live. She just never dreamed she’d end up in the thirteenth century with a handsome Scot bent on saving everyone but himself.
With the lives of those most dear to him hanging in the balance, Malcolm sets out to battle a powerful evil magic, only to learn that the redemption he seeks exists in the arms of the woman he loves.