Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Melanie D. Snitker

March 7, 2017 Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, Melanie D Snitker 34

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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.

You can connect with Melanie on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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.

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Hi Melanie! Welcome to the blog 🙂 I start all of my guests out with a fast four:

apples or oranges

Melanie: Apples – because you can’t put peanut butter on oranges! Well, you could. But that would just be odd.

Carrie: Odd… and gross!

winter or summer

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?

dogs or cats

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 😉

coffee or tea

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

This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found on the Disclosure and Policies page. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What’s a time when you found joy despite your circumstances?

Carrie

34 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Melanie D. Snitker”

  1. Debra Watson Duncan

    I guess that one instance when i found joy despite my circumstances would be when one Christmas as a single mom, i had no money and didnt know how to give my kids a Christmas. I was so sad. Then a knock at the doir. I opened it to an older lady and her son who had boxes of gifts. She told me God had told her to bless my family. I didnt even know her. Inside were things my girls needed and had wanted. I couldnt help but cry. But it helped me see that even when we are at our lowest and feel like no one cares, God is still there and loves us and will always provide.

    • Melanie D. Snitker

      Wow, Debra! That’s amazing. I love how God can use people we don’t know to be a huge blessing in our lives. He reminds us that, even when we feel alone, He’s there watching over us.

  2. Kay Garrett

    I think one of the hardest times for me was after my Mom died. We had been her full time caregiver for 5 years recovering from a bad cancer surgery and Alzheimer in our home. After her passing, it was hard to figure out what my “job” was for a while since everything I’d been doing wasn’t there any more. I will say that I have no regrets in the sacrifices we made because I know we did all we could and kept our promise that Mom wouldn’t have to go to a nursing home. The joy came when I realized that for the first time in over 5 years that I was able to do the simple things WITH my husband and not one go or the other. It wasn’t trips or the big things but just being able to go to the store together or to sit across the table at a restaurant for a leisurely meal that really made me smile again.

    • Melanie D. Snitker

      Kay, I’m so glad you were able to find joy in what seems like a small thing, yet can mean so much. Especially after going through such a difficult time.

  3. Janice Moore

    There was a time of great grief when my father-in-love died. My young daughter’s presence gave me great joy at that time, as she still does.

  4. Karen Hadley

    When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
    With the Lord’s help and His strength I was
    able to be calm and drew closer to Him through
    lots of prayer.

  5. Dianne Casey

    One summer I had to have surgery and I had new neighbors next door that I hardly knew. When I came home from the hospital, she started sending meals over and her daughter would spend time with me during the day. It was the start of a great friendship and we are now like family.

  6. Anne

    After surgeries and the an RA diagnosis i derived comfort from my grandchildren who are sweethearts and very young.

  7. Andrea Stephens

    When my husband got sick in 2010, finding moments of joy was very difficult. His doctors didn’t want me to tell him or anyone else how sick he was or that they didn’t expect him to live more than two years. I needed to keep his spirits up. Thankfully, he stopped getting worse and did not die. It was pictures and video chats with my grandson and hearing his baby babbles then his first words that gave me great joy. Early on in hubby’s illness, I bought myself a kindle and escaped into the world of books. I read only historical HEA books or romantic comedy for a long time. I cried in the shower and laughed while reading books.

    • Carrie

      I love this, Andrea. Beautifully said, my friend!

  8. Andrea Stephens

    LOL!Right after I posted my comment the page was reloading, in the process, I saw the words “engaging the giveaway thrusters” I nearly fell out of my chair laughing! Thanks for that!

  9. Jeanna Massman

    My grandson always brings a smile to my face even when I’m in pain from arthritis.

  10. Becky Smith

    I can find joy in the midst of my health problems, knowing that Jesus is right beside me. Some days are worse than others, so I’m always thankful for the good days. And, when I don’t feel good, I still feel like reading – unless I’m having a headache.

  11. Kati

    I am 33 weeks pregnant in a high risk pregnancy. I have such peace and joy with this baby girl despite the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy. (This seems like a cop-out of an answer… Of course I have joy with the little life in me!)

    • Carrie

      oh Kati, I’m so touched by this. Thankful for your peace and joy despite the circumstances. Praying for you!

  12. Katy Jones

    I can find joy every single day, thanks to the faith and trust the Lord has allowed me to learn through my incurable cancer. I never would have learned this lesson otherwise, as He well knows how hard-headed I am (I come from a long line of hard-headed Germans). In fact, I am now convinced that we can find the greatest joy after we have experienced great pain, because we can recognize it more clearly (in comparison). I can’t wait to read your book, Melanie!

  13. Julie Jobe

    I’ve found joy in some very difficult circumstances by choosing to praise the Lord anyway even in the midst of the hard times. He’s then provided me with joy in the middle of it all.

    • Carrie

      sometimes it really is an act of choice, isn’t it?

  14. Trisha

    I keep seeing this book, and every time it makes me want to move it up on my “to read” list!