Please join me in welcoming Melanie Stevenson to the blog today to chat about her debut novel, One More Tomorrow!
Born in England, Melanie has never lost her love for British tea and gardens. She now lives in Southern Ontario surrounded by her husband, four children, and a house full of pets. She entered the University of Waterloo as an English major and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. An avid prayer journaler, she has been writing devotionals for over a decade. With a passion for the arts, she has directed numerous plays and teaches acting classes to young people and adults. Melanie spent eighteen years homeschooling her children, still finding the soul-nourishing time to write, garden, and paint. One More Tomorrow is her debut novel and Soul Focus is her first devotional book.
ONE MORE TOMORROW
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Word Alive Press
RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2019
One woman finds herself bound to a past she cannot forget.
Another, driven by past choices she can neither change nor accept.
It’s been over a year. That should be enough time to forget a first love. But aspiring artist Katie Banks is still waiting. Not even Justin Burke, her university classmate, has been able to erase the hurt Aiden Ford inflicted, or weaken Katie’s resolve to never date a man who doesn’t share her faith. When Katie accepts a scholarship to study in Paris, it places much-needed distance between her and Justin. But love still eludes her, until a stormy night and a tragic accident change everything. The possibility that she and Aiden might be able to find their forever love this time both excites and terrifies Katie. Can she forgive past hurts, or will the walls she’s built to protect herself keep love a distant dream?
Hi Melanie! Welcome to the blog!
Melanie: Definitely summer! I adore sunshine, warmth, gardening, blossoms on trees, flowers in bloom, and the longer, less busy days of summer. Our wrap-around porch is best enjoyed in the summertime, and each morning my husband and I ease into its wicker furniture and savour our first coffee of the day together. There are porch visits with friends as well as my annual tradition of ladies’ afternoon tea enjoyed porch side with blueberry scones, preserves, and cream. Summer also affords us family time at the cottage where we reunite with our cottage neighbors and enjoy swimming, boating, knee boarding, and kayaking on the lake. Smores, devoured around the campfire are always a family favourite.
Carrie: I’m a diehard winter fan but you had me at ‘wrap-around porch’, ‘blueberry scones’ and ‘smores’ 🙂
Melanie: Is it just me or do others find it equally impossible to locate the end of the paper when it’s under?
Carrie: LOL i don’t know – i’m the opposite for some reason…
Melanie: I’m an ocean person. Give me the breathtaking blue of sparkling water, a soothing salt sea in which to swim, sand between my toes as I tread along the beach, and warm wind and sun on my skin anytime but especially to escape the long Canadian winter!
Carrie: ooo if Kentucky had an ocean I would volunteer to trade you locales for winter. I miss a good winter…
Melanie: There’s something about the weighted feel of a printed book in hand. The satisfaction and excitement of turning a page to discover what’s next. Flipping back to reread a section and recalling its location on the page, or snatching up the book again to share aloud a few brilliant bits with a friend. Not to mention sliding it onto the bookshelf when finished to add to my collection of favourites!
Carrie: I completely agree!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Melanie: If I had a superpower, it would be the ability to clean a room just by walking past it! Having this superpower would provide me with so much more time to write!
Carrie: oh that would be a marvelous superpower to have!
Q: Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Melanie: A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor, The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stable, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, Educated by Tara Westover, Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors, and Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey.
Carrie: Educated is on mine too!
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?
Melanie: I prefer a quiet, out-of-the-way place to write. My favourite room in the house is our sunroom, and I often write in there. I also have a dedicated space for writing and painting that I call “The Studio”. There’s often snacky food involved in my writing process and a coffee that gets forgotten, reheated, and forgotten again. The chocolate is never forgotten, the key is remembering how many morsels I’ve consumed! Since ideas are such slippery things—and must be grabbed hold of before getting lost—I used to keep a mini notebook by my bedside and another in my purse. When an idea would spark, I would write it down before it was forgotten. Now I use my notes on my phone.
Carrie: mmm now i want chocolate 😀
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing One More Tomorrow, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Melanie: Since One More Tomorrow was my first novel, and I hadn’t really planned on starting a novel at that point (the idea first sparked while waiting in an airport terminal and I quickly wrote the first page), the characters dictated the plot. It was an exciting way to write, but I’m looking forward to writing my next novel where I already have the plot and characters outlined.
Carrie: Characters can be kinda bossy, from what I’ve heard though lol.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from One More Tomorrow?
Melanie: I write to encourage others in their faith journey and offer hope during their trials. It’s my desire that through my characters’ struggles they might recognize the way God loves us, saves us, helps us, guides us, redeems our mistakes, and never gives up on us.
Carrie: Amen ♥
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: My 31-day devotional journal Soul Focus: Trials is coming out in November. It offers daily life-giving encouragement to help remind us that we’re not alone in our struggles. It was born out of a period in my life of intense physical pain where God proved himself faithful to me. Since I’m passionate about journaling, I’ve included journal pages throughout for the reader to record their own personal reflections on their path to healing and hope. After this book on trials, I am planning to write a series of devotionals under Soul Focus on the topics of forgiveness, fear, control, and pride. I plan to write another novel which will be set in England before the turn of the century and detail the story of a girl who is forced into prostitution and slavery. Using a first-person perspective, I hope to draw the reader into this young girl’s life, highlight the injustice and horror of human trafficking through a historical lens, as well as explain and evoke compassion for this social issue that is even more prevalent today.
Carrie: These sound like powerful – and important – projects!
Melanie Stevenson is offering an ebook copy of One More Tomorrow to one of my readers! (open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Melanie Stevenson and/or One More Tomorrow?