For those who don’t know, I’m a beach bum through and through. And, if you take a look at my bio page, I have a horse by my side.
Now take a look HERE, at Melissa Keir’s book list.
See where I’m going here?
How can I not love her books? And with summer full on, her last effort, Protecting her Pigg, a novella in the Summer Heat Box Set, it’s just perfect.
She was also so gracious as to call Lucas Pigg, and convince him to be here with her for this interview.
Here’s how it went.
Vivi – Melissa, let’s start with you. Do you have quirky writing habits?
Melissa – I love to write in bed. I’m curled up in the sheets with the dogs laying across my legs or next to me. My husband is snoring and I’m tapping away on the laptop. It’s the perfect way to end my day.
V – Has your environment /upbringing colored your writing?
M – I was born and raised in a small town, which has influenced me to write about small town romances. I love stories where the secondary characters are somewhat quirky and my own family could qualify for that designation. One of my great uncles used to collect cans off the street way before recycling became “in”. I still remember seeing him walking around town at 80 years young, picking up the cans and putting them in a bag. Everyone knew his name!
V – The biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer.
M – The business side of writing has been the most enlightening. I didn’t realize how little money actually goes to the author and how much the retailers keep.
V – A fun fact about writing your book.
M – The name of the brothers in Protecting Her Pigg is named after the fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs. I wanted to write a play on the fairy tale and since the first book, Protecting His Wolfe featured the older brother and Betsy Wolfe, a woman he’s protecting from a hit…the second book had to feature one of the younger brothers and the woman who is watching over him.
V – Do you always have the reins of the story, or the people in it try to take over?
M – Often my characters tell me strange things during the middle of the story. Currently, I’m writing a story and I knew who the characters were but suddenly I found out that the heroine was at one time homeless. What a surprise! She’s been in three books so far and it’s never come up!
V – Do you have a day job? If you do, what is it?
M – During the day, I substitute teach. I’ve been a teacher for over twenty years and last year, it became too much for me to continue teaching (and do it with all my heart) as well as write. I didn’t want to become burnt out. So I went to subbing where I can be on call and work as much or as little as I wanted to. In addition, I also am the local radio station’s movie reviewer. I see a movie each weekend and then go on the radio on Monday mornings and let people know if they should see it!
V – Do you have any scar? What are they from?
M – When I was three or four, I fell face first into a pricker bush after my great grandfather’s dog got off his chain. I tried to get away but the bush got me. I have a scar under my eye and was very lucky that I didn’t lose my eyesight. I also have scars from various surgeries but those aren’t very exciting!
V – Favorite book.
M – Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood- I love the way she takes on Shakespeare.
V – Pen or computer.
M – Computer.
V – Music or silence.
M – Silence.
V – Alone or in public.
M – Alone.
V – Outline or just write.
M – Just write!
V – Thank you, Melissa.
Now, let me give you a little bite of Protecting Her Pigg.
Arriving on the scene, the smell of smoke with the tang of gasoline assaulted my lungs. The building was a total loss. It bothered me to see something once so beautiful destroyed.
“Sir, you can’t be here,” the officer I’d assigned to the perimeter yelled.
Turning toward the commotion, I witnessed a tall, dark-haired man storming toward me with violence in his approach. Sizing up the advancing danger, I threw my shoulders back and met the man halfway.
“This is my building. Who are you, and what do you know so far?” His gravel voice caused goose bumps to form on my skin.
“I’m sorry, Mr…?” Up close, the man took my breath away. His features weren’t “pretty boy” beautiful, but striking. Chiseled chin, full lips, slightly curved nose. Must have been broken at one time.
“Pigg, Lucas Pigg. And you are?”
Caught staring at his lips, I almost missed the question. “I’m Lily O’Neill, chief arson investigator. We don’t know much so far. I’ve only begun my investigation. This wasn’t an accident. It was set with gasoline as the accelerant. The smell is noticeable. I have some questions for you. I’d like to meet you in my office to talk.” No matter how good-looking, Mr. Pigg was my first suspect.
So, Mr. Pigg is hot, potentially dangerous, and Lily O’Neill’s first suspect for the arson. And he’s here with us!
V – Name.
Lucas – Lucas Pigg
V – Have you ever had a nickname?
L – My brothers called me runt. They don’t anymore.
V – Profession.
V – I’m a private investigator. Do you need me to run some intel?
V – Are you happy about your life?
L – I’m very happy with my life now. I suppose if you’d have asked me before meeting Lily, I would have said I was happy then. However, I didn’t know what I was talking about.
V – Did you ever think your life would be made into a book?
L – I did wonder if I’d end up with my own television show, like that bounty hunter or like COPS but I never thought I’d end up in a romance novel.
V – Your greatest extravagance.
L – My greatest extravagance is my bed. You should see it. I had it custom made from reclaimed roots of trees and the headboard looks like a forest in my room.
V – Your quirky habits.
L – Do you mean my witty personality or the snarky comments and teasing I do?
V – On what occasions do you lie?
L – I’m a PI. I lie to gain access to follow suspects and leads. I lie to gather evidence. People talk if they think you are sympathetic to their problems or can help them with a situation. Of course, I lie to my sister-in-law when she asks about how wonderful my brother is. Seriously? I don’t want to upset her. Probably the only person I don’t lie to is Lily. She deserves my honesty but I do spin it in a positive way.
V – What are you most afraid of?
L – I’m most afraid of losing Lily or my brothers. But since the worst thing that’s ever happened, my parents’ deaths, I’ve learned to live life to the fullest. There are no guarantees.
V – What is in your refrigerator right now?
L – Beer, marinating steaks and milk. I’d guess there’s more items but those are the ones that matter to me.
V – Favorite dish.
L – Anything Lily cooks.
V – The perfect night out.
L – Anywhere with Lily
V – The perfect vacation.
L – Anywhere with Lily and a skimpy bikini- are you noticing a pattern? *wink*
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I’ll see you guys in a week,