A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson – Interview & Giveaway

healing spiritA Healing Spirit by Melissa A Hanson

A freak ski accident brings nineteen-year old Mia Kinney within minutes of death. Hurt and scared, Mia is calmed by the southern drawl and clear green eyes of her rescuer.

Twenty-one year old Dylan Blackburn is one of the first Ski Patrol members on the scene. As his patient is airlifted to the local trauma center, he can’t shake her from his thoughts.

As Mia fights for her life, Dylan, is haunted by the blonde hair beauty, and knows he needs to make sure she’s going to be okay.

With a troubled past Dylan has vowed never to completely open himself up to another girl, but Mia continues to knock down every wall he’s constructed. When his past arrives at his front door and threatens once again someone that he loves, will Dylan be able to save Mia yet again? Or will he be too late this time?

A story of love, friendship, and the determination to turn a horrible experience into something worthwhile.



melissa hansonAuthor Melissa A. Hanson

Melissa A. Hanson lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. Growing up in Southern California, inspiration for the city of “Riverview” is based on her hometown. Melissa enjoys scrapbooking and reading when time permits.

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Author Interview

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Mint chocolate chip

Favorite Food?

Mexican and Pasta

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Yes, currently working on a NA story, as well as formulating ideas for book 3 of the Riverview Series which will be Natasha’s story.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?

There are so many, but the ones that hooked me on reading so many years ago are Mary Higgins Clark and Sidney Sheldon

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

Yes, bits and pieces of ideas, thoughts. I found more of myself in the main character of my first book though, not as much in my second book.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

Mockingjay part 2

What’s your favorite season/weather?


Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?

Music is a must! But, it can’t have any words, otherwise I find myself typing the words in the middle of the book. I have found that certain soundtrack scores have worked really well for my “writing music”. Not the entire soundtrack but often specific songs. They are also more inspiring when it was a movie I really loved.


Reading. I’ve loved reading since I was in elementary school. I love designing things, graphic design, memes, our yearly Christmas cards, that sort of thing…I must admit I have a font addiction, I love fun fonts. I’d love to scrapbook again someday.


current pets include two dogs, a pit bull, a french bulldog, and a pixie bob cat

Where do you write?

Mostly at my desk. However, with the recent book I’d finally invested in a laptop and was able to write on the couch, on vacation sitting by the pool, or where ever I happened to be.

How did you go about publishing your book?

On my first book I did a lot of research on traditional vs self publishing. I found Createspace which is a great resource for self publishing. For my second book so many things have changed and getting everything uploaded and designed was so much easier. I designed the covers, the interior formats for both the e-books and paperbacks. I liked having the control and ability to set everything up exactly how I wanted.

Do you have any weird or interesting rituals you do to get into writing mode or while you’re writing.

I write mostly late at night when the house is quiet.

Who or what inspired your last book?

For “A Healing Spirit” (Riverview Series book 2) I was thinking about what story I might be able to tell. A couple years previous to the beginning of writing I had a client who’s daughter had fallen over thirty-two feet from a chair lift and survived. Just her story was amazing. After contacting her and interviewing her I was inspired to use pieces of her story to create Mia’s journey.

What is your favorite scene in the book? 

The hospital scene when Mia is finally awake and Dylan comes to visit.

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?

I mostly write linear, chapter to chapter, but for this particular book all I knew when I started it was the beginning and the general concept, the middle and end of the book came as I wrote.

What is your view on self publishing?

I love it, I love how it gives authors a chance to be in control of how and when they publish work. The process seems to be quicker as well and books in a series are often released within months instead of years that typical publishing seems to do.

Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?

My first book I was probably mid to end before a title came to me. For the second book the title came by the time I was finished with the first chapter.

Is there something specific you need as you write? Cup of coffee, pen, candy, certain room, etc.

My writing music is a must.

Are you for or against books being made into movies?

For, I really enjoy the movies made from books.

What drives you insane about the writing process?

The time, it’s amazing how long just a few pages can really take to write.

About how long does it take to write a book? 

For this book I had the beginning concept and first chapter written and then it sat for over a year before I was able to find the time to pick it back up. When I got back into it, it took about five months of writing at night on the weekends. Then editing took about two and half months.

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

Seeing the books up online and holding the paperbacks in my hands. But I really enjoy when a reader reviews the book and loved it, that I was able to write something that someone else enjoyed is really special and exciting.​


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