Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Xenofreak Nation by Melissa Conway

Welcome to Author Melissa Conway


If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My great great grandfather Charles Stuart Moody. He was a country doctor and a prolific writer at the beginning of the twentieth century. Reading his articles in the archives of old magazines has been a fascinating experience. He had a great sense of humor, a deep love of nature and was a fair-minded, charitable man.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read Xenofreak Nation.
“It’s true that these are the book’s concerns and yet the elements of its narrative – action, psychology, politics, investigations, medical research, conflict between warring factions – are so skilfully unified by the writer that, even as we’re made to confront the ethical issues and question where our own sympathies lie, we’re driven on by a plot whose tension never slackens.” Bill Kirton, author of The Jack Carston Mysteries

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
My newest release, SelfSame, is a YA paranormal/historical romance. The book trailer can be found here. Next up is the sequel to Xenofreak Nation!

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I think a lot of avid readers aspire to write, especially after they read a book and think, “I could have written that!” But I was bitten by the bug in the fourth grade after getting the following poem published in the local newspaper:

Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, what a day,
Before we eat turkey, of course, we pray,
When the pilgrims were here there was joy and good cheer,
It’s the same with us today.
Turkeys are stupid, no one knows why,
They crowd in a corner when scared, and die.
Turkey, cranberry sauce and more,
You can find it all in the local store.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The moment Xenofreak Nation broke through the barrier and (briefly) became a category best-seller on Amazon. Positive feedback from reviews is wonderful, but until I saw the numbers translated into something tangible, I was afraid it would languish in obscurity among a market flooded with ebooks.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
It’s a tie. I was a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey’s The White Dragon, but I also really loved Emergence by David Palmer.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Develop not a thick skin necessarily, but one that filters criticism so the helpful stuff is absorbed and the garbage bounces off. You cannot please everyone – that’s an impossibility – and you’ll do yourself a huge favor if you take that to heart.

What is your favorite Quote?
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”
~ Pearl S. Buck

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Actually, I’m most looking forward to the third season of my newest addiction, Downton Abbey!

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
A Deepness in the Dark by Vernor Vinge. It’s brilliant, readable science fiction.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m terrified of public speaking. More so even than flying. And here I thought writing was a solitary profession, but then we have to get out there and hawk our wares!

Xenofreak Nation

Twenty years into the future, bioengineered animals provide organs for human transplantation. Grafts of animal skin, illegally bioengineered, have replaced tattoos in popularity, which gives rise to a unique new demographic: xenofreaks.

Bryn Vega’s father is head of the Pure Human Society. When she’s kidnapped by the Bestia Butcher, the most notorious of the criminal xenosurgeons, she assumes it’s payback for her father’s anti-xeno activities.

Scott Harding is her taciturn jailer – called Cougar because of the claws replacing his fingers – but Scott is not who he seems. Deep under cover for the Xenofreak Intelligence Agency, he’s been given unprecedented immunity to find the Bestia Butcher’s lair and do whatever it takes to bring him to justice.

When Bryn is forced to undergo a radical xenoalteration, she discovers a terrible secret: her father is using The Pure Human Society as a front for his own purposes. His willingness to sacrifice his daughter to accomplish them sends her running to Scott for protection, and into the hard-core underground subculture of the very xenofreak society she once despised.

Giveaway Details
3 ebook copies of Xenofreak Nation
Ends 5/13/12

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