Interview with Melissa Tagg!

Hey y'all!  I was recently able to interview the lovely and talented author- Melissa Tagg!  She always writes such wonderful stories that'll make you laugh, cry, and feel like you actually know the people she's writing about! 😉

So, without further ado my interview with Melissa.



Mercy:
 Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Melissa:
 "Let’s see…I am basically all my characters put together into one person. Haha! I’m a small-town girl…and I just recently moved back to my little hometown. I love my family like crazy. I was a reader (i.e. c-r-a-z-y bookworm!) before I was ever a writer. I love old movies and the band Needtobreathe and baby goats and I am almost always hungry for a Pop-Tart. (Strawberry with frosting…toasted…in case you were wondering 😀 ) Being an aunt is one of my favorite things. Oh, and I have WAY too many coffee mugs for one person."




Mercy:
 What started your interest in becoming an author?
Melissa:
 "You know, I honestly cannot remember a time when I didn’t want to be an author. I loved books from a very young age and at some point it must’ve sunk in to my child- brain that somewhere out there in the world there were people whose job it was to write the books I loved. So it’s always something I’ve wanted to do and throughout my childhood, I filled notebook after notebook with stories. Finally, around 2009 or 2010, I was able to get serious about writing books…and the fact that my lifelong dream came true is something I’ll never stop being grateful for."

Mercy:
 Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Melissa:
 "Thinking about writing—and characters and plots and emotional journeys and surprise twists and storyworld—energizes me like crazy. But the actual writing part definitely exhausts me. LOL!"

Mercy:
 Who are some of your favorite authors that have inspired your own writing?
Melissa: 
 "Oh this is such a good question and I could spend pages answering. But I’ll try to limit myself. My two very favorite authors are Lori Benton and Joanne Bischof. Their books consistently break my heart in the very best of ways and then succeed—so beautifully and poignantly—in putting it back together. Their stories inspire me to go deeper in my own writing, to not be afraid to let moments breathe on the page, to slow down and stretch myself. Two other authors who I adore and who have taught me SO much about writing are Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck. They are master storycrafters and learning from them—their mentoring and friendship—has been one of the biggest blessings of my writing life."

Mercy:
 If you didn't write what would you do?
Melissa:
 "Actually, I have another job! I’m a full-time communications coordinator at a nonprofit that rescues men, women and children who are homeless, hungry, abused or addicted. It’s something I’m incredibly passionate about and it’s just as much a calling for me as is writing."

Mercy:
 Who is your favorite character out of all the books you've written?
Melissa:
 "Oh dear, this is hard! If you asked who my favorite hero is, I could answer it in a second: Logan Walker from Like Never Before. He’s very much a “Melissa hero”—i.e. everything I love in the men in my real life. He’s a softer, quieter hero. But man, I love all my characters…which, I know, I’m super biased. LOL! I adore Bear McKinley. Blake “Blaze” Hunziker will not never make me laugh. Kate Walker and Amelia Bentley and Miranda Woodruff and Autumn Kingsley are so close to my heart because they so totally embody so much of my own emotional/spiritual journey. I love Case Walker’s wisdom and Megan Harrow’s snark and Beckett Walker’s restlessness and…I could go on and on. I grow very close to all my characters and I know it sounds silly, but I just love them!

Mercy:
 Describe you ideal writing space.
Melissa:
 "Quiet! Haha…for me the ideal space is a quiet and peaceful place with lots of coffee and no wi-fi! One of my very favorite places to write is my parents’ house…they live out in the country and their sunroom overlooks a ravine full of pretty trees. It’s just so calming and my creativity always surges when I’m there. But I just moved to a new house with a gorgeous fireplace and as soon as I’m done renovating the place, I’m very hopeful it’ll become my new ideal writing space."

Mercy:
 What is one this most people don't know about you?
Melissa:
 "Ooh, that’s hard! I think most people don’t know that for the longest time, I wanted to write really serious, fast-paced thrillers. It’s so funny because nowadays I barely even read thrillers and it even takes quite a bit for me to pick up a suspense book. But for awhile way-back-when I was convinced that’s what I was meant to write. 😀"

Mercy:
 Where can we find you on social media to keep up with your work?
Melissa:
 "I’m most active on Facebook and Instagram. I have a newly redesigned website and truly, one of the best ways to keep up with me is by subscribing to my e- newsletter…and when you do, you’ll get a free novella!"

Melissa, thank you so much for doing this!  It was an honor to have you on my blog.  Readers, I hope you enjoyed!  If you'd like to check out some of Melissa's books head on over to her website.  And mare sure you sign up for her newsletter ( you don't want to miss out on that novella! 😉)

Thanks for stopping by,
~Mercy

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