Blog Tour: Author Interview & Book Giveaway – Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon

Welcome to author Melissa Lemon!

Melissa has had many imaginary friends (and enemies) since she was a child. Her vivid imagination had her writing stories and jotting down book ideas for years until she finally sat down and finished a novel. She is married to an awesome man and the proud mother of three children. Music is also an important part of her life and she shares time with her music students teaching them piano, cello or guitar. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Utah and currently resides in the Salt Lake area. 


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Keep Smiling

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  Favorite book.  Favorite author.  Need I say more?  I do have a really old copy of Little Dorrit that my sister gave me and it is a treasure (even though it’s not signed—it’s not quite that old).

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.

I love to get up and exercise, even if it doesn’t happen every day.  The mornings are spent teaching and supervising my kiddos.  I like to get a little writing in after lunch while my kids play.  Then I spend a couple of hours teaching music lessons.  After my husband gets home from work, we have dinner, hang out or go to various activities, put the kids to bed and if there’s still some energy left, I like to write during this time as well.  The cracks are filled with housework, e-mail and things like that, reading, running errands, visiting with neighbors and friends, and trying to conquer morning glory.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?

I do have this fascination with chickens, but they can’t fly and I have to admit flying would be super awesome.  So, I’d have to say a blue jay since they can fly and they’re my favorite color.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?

I think the first time I wanted to be an author was after reading The Giver by Lois Lowry back when I was a teenager.  Writing has always been something that I love, but I would have to say that book inspired me to become an author.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?

Rubin and Ed.  I guess I just admitted it, so now I’m really embarrassed.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Learn all you can and never give up!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

The first thing I ever wanted to be was a teacher.  Then I discovered architecture, but sadly, I was turned away from that by a bad teacher.  But it’s okay.  I made up for it by marrying one (an architect, not a bad teacher).

How do you react to a bad review?

I stare at this little saying I have taped to my wall that says, “The best way to get rid of a pest is to ignore them.”  I also tell myself that I didn’t write this book for reviewers, so it really doesn’t matter.

What is your favorite Quote?

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

—Charles Swindoll

Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon:

After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you’ll never forget.

Book Giveaway:

ARC of Cinder & Ella
Open to US only
Ends 6/30/11
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