Melinda Holley has been a member of the Writers’ League since last October. She lives in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Melinda Holley: My genre is fiction, primarily “cozy mystery”.
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee or a beer with and which beverage?
MH: I would have wine with Patricia Cornwell or high tea with P.D. James, if she were still with us.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
MH: If stranded, I would want the Annotated Sherlock Holmes.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
MH: From the excellent presentation by Becka Oliver at our local Writer’s Conference, I gained insight into the process of getting published, including tips, tricks, and pitfalls. From a more recent writer’s symposium, I met successful authors, attended their breakout sessions and learned the different paths they took to get to their goals. For someone just getting started, it helps to know that everyone has roadblocks to overcome. The Writers’ League offers excellent classes and seminars, which I plan to take advantage of. The more you learn, the better your chances of success!
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
MH: My first book is completed and now in need of serious professional editing. It will be the first in a series, not sure if it will lend itself to self-publishing or the traditional route. I’ve wanted to write since junior high school and I won’t let anything stop me from finally achieving that goal.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
MH: Our Fredericksburg Writer’s Conference just held a short story contest, with the winner being published in our local newspaper. I was delighted and astonished to have been selected the winner. So technically, I’ve already been published!