I am so very delighted to welcome Melanie Snitker as my guest on the blog today!!
Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crochet, baking, dabbling in essential oils, and hanging out with family and friends.
Her latest book, Finding Joy, released February 14th.
Sometimes, what looks like a dead end, is really a new beginning.
A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. The beautiful new employee his mom hires is the last thing he needs and he’ll do whatever it takes to make the girl quit and regain the peace and quiet he prefers.
Nothing short of desperation would force Chelsea Blake to work on a local cattle ranch. She may not be cut out for ranch life, but her determination to succeed is stronger than her handsome employer’s efforts at forcing her to leave.
Unprepared to discover all they have in common, if they set aside their initial dislike, they might find joy beyond measure.
Hi Melanie! Welcome to the blog 🙂 I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Melanie: Apples – because you can’t put peanut butter on oranges! Well, you could. But that would just be odd.
Carrie: Odd… and gross!
Melanie: Summer. I’m so not a fan of cold weather. I’ll take hot any day.
Carrie: Ew. No. You can keep the hot, I’ll take all the cold weather you don’t want, Ok?
Melanie: Cats. I like how independent they are. Funny enough, we only have dogs and can’t have cats because a family member is allergic. Lol So I enjoy them from afar. 🙂
Carrie: The best way to enjoy cats as far as I’m concerned 😉
Melanie: Most definitely tea. Preferably iced and unsweetened. I’ve never cared much for coffee no matter how I’ve had it. I like it because, when unsweetened, I drink a lot of it and not feel bad.
Carrie: I feel as if, to be properly almost 40, I should like one of these options. Coffee or tea. And yet … not so much.
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Melanie: I’m going to go with crocheting. I can take a simple skein of yarn and transform it into a pair of slippers. Or a Viking hat. I even created a giant octopus for our son last year. With a good pattern and some time, I can crochet just about anything!
Carrie: Ooooo! I need to get some tips from you sometime. I’ve made half a set of mittens so far in the six years I’ve known how to crochet. And the mitten I did finish still doesn’t have a thumb.
Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Melanie: Begin Again by Crystal Walton
Garden of Her Heart by Shanna Hatfield
I Love You More by Josie Riviera
Sophia’s Leap-Year Courtship by Kristin Holt
Carrie: Argh. I’ve only read one of these – Begin Again – and it was awesome!
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Melanie: I love to write at my desk. I have it set up with all my favorite things, including my Wonder Woman figures, Legend of Zelda figurines, my miniature Legend of Zelda sword and shield, Lego sets, etc. I also have my essential oil diffuser and my salt rock lamp nearby. My writing space is relaxing and comfortable!
Carrie: Something else I need tips on – essential oils.
Finding Joy follows Parker and Chelsea, two people who are both less than thrilled with being at Parker’s family’s cattle ranch. Would you enjoy working/living on a cattle ranch? What do you think would be the best part? The worst part?
Melanie: I would absolutely love to work or live on a cattle ranch. I think it’d be amazing to be a part of something like that and to know that we can have a self-sustaining farm (completely with garden, chickens, aquaponics, etc.). I think the part I’d enjoy the most would be interacting with the animals and caring for them as well as seeing our children grow up in that kind of environment. The worst part? Having to go out and care for the animals even during horrible weather or while sick, etc. I’d have a hard time having the animals processed, too, even though I know that would be part of it all.
Carrie: I think the smells would be the worst part for me. I guess you’d get used to that after a while though.
Parker is determined to make Chelsea quit. Chelsea is determined to stick it out. Did either of them surprise you as you wrote their story?
Melanie: Parker surprised me. I knew that I wanted his dad and their relationship when he was still alive to have an effect on Parker. But those memories played a larger part in the story than I had originally planned on. I also pulled his relationship with his sister into the book more as well. I think both really brought a lot of depth to his character and gave readers more to relate to.
Carrie: I love that he had more to say!
What do you most want readers to take away from Finding Joy?
Melanie: We all go through rough patches in our lives. Sometimes they are for brief periods, and other times, they encompass years. But no matter what the situation, we can find moments of joy that get us through. Those moments ultimately leave us with experiences that make us stronger and memories we’ll treasure.
Carrie: We found that so true when my sweet grandma was suffering through Alzheimer’s. God was so tender to give us joy-filled moments even through such a tough season. Those are the moments we look back on now and remember – the laughter and the joy.
Melanie, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Melanie: I’m in the beginning stages of writing the second book in my Life Unexpected series called Someone to Trust. This is Chess and Brooke’s story and will be out late this spring. I’m participating in a boxed set this fall which I’m excited about. The sixth (and likely last) book in the Love’s Compass series, Finding Grace, should be out this winter as well.
Thank you again, Carrie! I had so much fun visiting with you!
Carrie: Me too! Let’s do this again sometime soon 🙂
Melanie is giving away TWO copies of Finding Joy!
- One winner will get a digital copy of Finding Joy (or one of her other available books)
- One winner will get a paperback copy of Finding Joy (or one of her other available books) USA only
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What about you? What’s a time when you found joy despite your circumstances?