I am absolutely THRILLED to welcome Melissa Ferguson to the blog today to chat about her debut novel The Dating Charade – I’ve been looking forward to this release since I first glimpsed that cover!
Melissa Ferguson lives in Bristol, Tennessee, where she is an assistant professor at King University and pens books that make her laugh and grow. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now she and her husband are outnumbered, and her hobbies include diaper changes, chasing toddlers in parking lots, and admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing “Winnie the Pooh.” She survives by Jesus, rom coms, and roughly two espresso shots a day. The Dating Charade is her debut novel.
THE DATING CHARADE by Melissa Ferguson
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: December 3, 2019
Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.
Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.
But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.
No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?
Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.
Hi Melissa! Welcome to the blog! YAY!!
Melissa: Mountains! Do you even know how hard it is taking kids to the ocean? Sand in inappropriate places, heat, scary sharks, scary jellyfish, scary riptides. So. Much. Sunscreen.
Melissa: Soup! Always, always soup. My all-time favorite I had ten years ago that I dream about still at night, lying in my bed, is roasted red pepper and gouda. I need to find a really good recipe. (In fact, everyone! Please! If you know of a good recipe, please share it with me!!)
Carrie: oooo good idea!
Melissa:Ohhh. Well, I have twin 4yos and a 2yo, and we have recently gotten pretty intense about some Candyland. But I do love playing spades.
Carrie: Candyland with 4yos is no joke! lol
Melissa: It’s a bit ironic, but I’m 100% a print girl. I also use Felix Gray blue-light glasses, because I’m a bit paranoid about too much screen time on the eyes!
Carrie: I need to look into some of those!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Melissa: Ha, well, it’s a bit awkward to answer but I suppose I’d say my “superpower” is bringing people together and making joyous memories. Maybe it’s from my own insecurities and experiences as a child, but I love meeting people on the outskirts of an activity and group, bringing them in, helping them be seen, and watching their friendships with others flourish. God has blessed us with a million wonderful ways to have fun together as a community, not in isolation or loneliness, and I love getting to bring people together to do just that.
Carrie: i love that so much!!!
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Melissa: I head in whatever direction my three children have started running to, and then I head back to the cashier to purchase whatever item my 2yo shoplifted and started opening when I wasn’t looking 🙂
But seriously, the Christian fiction section is where I go first. Where I proceed to smile fondly at the bookshelves while people walk by, watching me and the children at my feet trying to lick the books, and resist hugging the books from so many authors who have become sweet friends.
Carrie: and now YOUR BOOK is there too!! (also – still chuckling at that first part LOL)
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Melissa: I seriously doubt this is the weirdest, but a couple days ago I was googling “Weirdest Magazines” for research and found some truly disturbing and bizarre ones (Portable Restroom Operator Magazine; Fashion Doll Quarterly; Private Islands; Sheep!)
Carrie: ummm…. wow. LOL
Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce The Dating Charade as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?
Melissa: Oh fun! Hm. Well, off the top of my head, I imagine Emma Stone for Cassie and Chris Hemsworth for Jett would be fun.
Carrie: you had me at Chris Hemsworth! 😀
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Dating Charade?
Melissa: Well, God actually taught our family about fostering through this book. We were looking pretty seriously into international/domestic adoption at the time, with zero intention for getting into fostering. But as I wrote this story, the six kids come into the adults’ lives through the foster system (kinship in one case, work in another), and while the chapters unfolded, God honestly changed our hearts about fostering—especially being supportive of fostering with the intent of reunification. There was even one day while I was writing this story with no contract in sight and sat back, thinking, “Man. What if God is going to use this book to help change the world for fostering?” And my immediate, startling thought came back, “Or what if God is using this book to change you.” After about 10 months, we are finally approved to foster.
Carrie: that is awesome! So excited for you & for the kids whose lives your sweet family will impact!!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Honored to celebrate release week with you!
What about you? What interests you most about Melissa Ferguson and/or The Dating Charade?