Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Write-A-Thon by Rochelle Melander

Welcome to Author Rochelle Melander

Author Bio:

Rochelle Melander is a certified professional coach and the author of 10 books, including a new book to help fiction and nonfiction writers write fast: Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It) (October 2011). Melander teaches professionals how to get published, establish credibility, and navigate the new world of social media. In 2006, Rochelle founded Dream Keepers Writing Group, a program that teaches writing to at-risk tweens and teens. Visit her online at

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? 
I’d want to invite them one at a time, so that I could have a good long conversation with each. I’d ask Madeleine L’Engle, Anne Lamott, Oprah, my grandmother, Caroline Myss.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Oreo Cookies and Cream

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Wheat Toast with butter and jam

Night owl, or early bird? 
Early Bird

One food you would never eat? 
Nuts, I am allergic to them.

Skittles or M&Ms? 

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It will help you write your book.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I have a nonfiction book I want to write, a memoir that needs to be revised, and a series of chapter books for children I need to revise.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Teaching writing to young people, and seeing the look in their eyes when they have created something they are proud of.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
A Wrinkle in Time and Harriet the Spy

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Write. Always make time to write and imagine future books and write even more. When opportunity happens, you will be ready!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
On the beach on Coronado Island, CA.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
Just like Carol Burnett and Cher—an actor, singer, and dancer!

How did you know you should become an author? 
I was at a book signing event with Kevin Henkes, for one of his chapter books. As I watched him interact with the children and read from his books, I thought: “That’s what I want to do!”

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? 
Don’t give up. You will get rejected a lot. Keep writing and keep submitting.

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

What do you do in your free time? 
I read a lot, hang out with my children, bead (very badly), exercise, and have coffee with friends.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again. 
It’s quite boring! I get up and do a bit of meditation, eat breakfast with my daughter, and get my gym clothes on. I take my daughter to school and stop by the Y for an hour or so of walking or weight lifting. Afterward, I go home, get ready for the day, and write until about 11 or 11:30. Then, I eat lunch while reading or watching something streaming from my computer. After lunch I meet with writing coaching clients via telephone or skype. I also work on editing projects and answering email. Some time in there, usually after lunch, I spend some time on Twitter and Facebook. In the afternoon, we often have an activity to go to—yoga or writing group or something. Around 6, I walk the dogs with my teenaged son and 10-year-old daughter. Then, my husband cooks dinner and we all hang out or do homework until bed. I usually am reading in the evening, unless I have something fun in the DVR.

What’s your favorite season/weather? 

What is your guilty pleasure? 
Wine, chocolate, People Magazine, and Project Runway.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? 
I love chick lit mysteries—like Meg Cabot’s Size 12 is Not Fat.


Find the focus, energy, and drive you need to start—and finish—your book
Everyone has dreamed of writing a book, but so many start writing only to stall out due to writer’s block, mental fatigue, and other challenges. Write-A-Thon helps you overcome those stumbling blocks and complete your book once and for all. And you don’t have to type away for years on end. Here’s a plan that’ll help you write your book—in twenty-six days!
Write-A-Thon gives you the tools, advice, and inspiration you need to succeed before, during, and after your writing race. Solid instruction, positive psychology, and inspiration from marathon runners will give you the momentum to take each step from here to the finish line.
Start out well prepared: Learn how to train your attitude, your writing, and your life—and plan your novel or nonfiction book.
Maintain your pace: Get advice and inspiration to stay motivated and keep writing.
Bask in your accomplishment: Find the best ways to recover and move forward once the marathon is over and you have a completed manuscript in hand.

Writing a book in twenty-six days may seem impossible—especially if you don’t write full time—but in Write-A-Thon, Rochelle Melander will teach you the life skills, performance techniques, and writing tools you need to finish your manuscript in less than a month—guaranteed!

Book Giveaway
1 Paperback copy open to US, Canada, Australia & Western Europe
1 Ebook open Internationally
Ends 11/16/11

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