Barb's Writer Friends: Author Melanie Stanford

Today I welcome fellow Samhain author, Melanie Stanford to tell us a little bit about herself and her debut release, SWAY (a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion which this picky reader liked). Below, Melanie answers my five quick questions:
Someone just gave you the best compliment ever.  What was it?
My son once told me I sounded exactly like Taylor Swift when I sang—which is grossly untrue and probably why I loved that compliment so much.
You have no choice but to live your life from now on as one of your characters.  Which
character is it and why?
Definitely Jessica from my first ever finished manuscript. She’s a time-traveler. Enough said.
You can never write another work of fiction.  What will you do instead?
There are so many things I want to be—hairdresser, stylist, historian, Broadway star… but I can’t do any of those things so I’d probably just sit around reading.
You get a month off from your regular personal life and writing routine.  You can spend it
doing which of the following?  Feel free to elaborate.
Other (fill in the blank)
Traveling for sure. There are so many places I want to see in the world. And I’d take a lot of
books with me (because I can’t NOT read). I’d also sleep in and stay up late, something I can’t do right now with kids.
You get one do-over from your life so far.  What is it?
I only did one year at University and wasted that year messing around with my friends. While it was the most fun year ever, I’d go back and work a little harder at my studies so I could stay and get a quality education.
Optional:  Name one person who has either influenced you the most or you learned the
most from and why.
Can I say my entire family? They’ve all taught me so many things about life, family, and
good books. I couldn’t imagine who I’d be without them.
Thanks, Melanie. And now, a little bit about SWAY:Sway72web

Blurb: She’d be happy to forget…if the past would just stop hitting “replay”.

Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?

Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.

In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.

One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.

Product Warnings:

Contains an actor whose kisses taste like chocolate, a pianist with scores of regret, and a sexy crooner who just wants his ex to cry him a river.


And now a little about Melanie:

author photoAuthor Bio: Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband, four kids, and ridiculous amounts of snow. You can find her on Twitter @MelMStanford, on Facebook @ MelanieStanfordauthor, and her website

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