What is the first line in your novel? Describe how you decided to start your book with it.
Only a promise to a dying man would make her attend her twenty-year high school reunion.
As you might have guessed from the title, A Promise to Keep, promises have a big part to play in this story so it was only fitting to start with the promise that started it all for Savannah Sanderson. One that would end up changing everything for her.
Please describe your writing environment.
My desk is tucked away in a corner of our living room so sometimes it can be a challenge to write when everyone is home. We don’t have a large house, so the livingroom is where we all tend to gather. Thank goodness for headphones.
What main genre do you write in?
I write Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor.
Do you write full time?
Yes, I am a freelance writer and I do communications for clients, and some editing and coaching on the side. My fiction writing fills up the rest of my time.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t know what you’d call my writing style exactly, but I like to include humour in my writing, mostly just because I laugh a lot and see the funny side of life on a day-to-day basis anyway. However, that is delicately balanced by deep and meaningful writing too.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet? One day I’d LOVE to write a YA dystopian or fantasy novel, but it seems like a dream that is far, far away.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I found my critique partners on the ACFW critique loop and I love them to bits. A Promise to Keep would not be a reality without them. They were encouraging and honest and I’ve grown to respect and admire each of them and their work.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
They don’t affect my muse as much as my time management. When I have a deadline, I have something to work towards and that motivates me. There’s nothing like the adrenalin of that panic you get when the deadline looms to get you into gear. But, I’ve learned over the years not to rely on that and get going on a project earlier, rather than later.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
My first published book was written with my writer’s group and we had a heart to encourage and inspire writers, so we wrote a devotional for writers which includes writing prompts. It was published by Judson Press in 2016, and it’s called, As the Ink Flows, Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
They can find me online here, I love to hear from readers.
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About the Book:
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.
Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.
Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?
About the Author:
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. She writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor, her debut A Promise to Keep released in Jan, 2020. Teague us a member of ACFW. She has never met a Starbucks she didn’t love and has been known to eat vegetables for breakfast—well, pumpkin pie—same thing. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats.