BEHIND THE WORDS: Melissa Koslin



Welcome Melissa, we’re excited to have you on Reader’s Entertainment. First, let’s tell our readers a bit about you!

Where you’re from, where you live? Is writing your full-time job?

I am from Youngstown, Ohio, but I live in Jacksonville, Florida. I wish writing was my full-time job! I’m a commercial property manager (I manage shopping centers). I like my job, but my goal is to be able to write full time!

How long have you been writing?

Since 2009. I was watching an interview of an author and the way she described how she’d come up with her story idea made me realize I had a fantastic idea for a story. I picked up a notebook and started at it with no real idea what I was doing, and I’ve been writing almost every day since (but now I have a better idea of what I’m doing).

Briefly describe your writing day. Tell us about your latest release.

My newest release is Never Miss, a Christian romantic suspense from Revell releasing TODAY!! It’s about a former CIA black-ops sniper and a brilliant scientist who form an unlikely alliance to stop an impending bio attack.

What inspired this book?

I SWEAR this book was not written in or inspired by 2020 (pandemic, attack on the Capitol, etc). It was already done and in the hands of the publisher, I promise. And no, that does not mean 2020 was my fault!

Could you share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book? Perhaps a juicy bit of back-story, or something only you know about a character? 

Mac is the female lead’s cat. He behaves kind of like a dog sometimes, and he’s incredibly smart. He is based on my cat, also named Mac. The real Mac is just as smart as fictional Mac—smarter than a cat should be. But I have to admit, fictional Mac is a lot braver.

Who has been the most difficult character for you to write? Why?

I co-wrote A Dream Within A Dream with Mike Nappa, and I had to write the characters he’d already created in the first two books. His character Samuel was not easy for me at first, but then once I got him, I LOVED writing him. He’s such a lovable jerk.

If you could be one of your characters for a day which character would it be? Why? 

Kadance, of course. I want to know what it’s like to be that bada** and cool.

All writers are readers. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? 

Charlotte Bronte, specifically Jane Eyre. She so beautifully mixed intrigue with real, genuine people and subtle but powerful romance. And her portrayal of Jane Eyre is one of the best strong females ever written. She perfectly balances femininity without being too girly, politeness without being a pushover, and quietness without being weak. The quiet is what I think really resonates with me. I’ve always been extremely quiet, and people so often read that as weak. I read Jane Eyre when I was in my 20s, and she taught me I could be both quiet and strong.

Also, Mike Nappa. I learned how to write Christian suspense fiction from reading Annabel Lee and The Raven. I had already been writing suspense for some time, but I learned how to get the grit in the story without going too far. He writes great fight scenes without getting gory, and he writes nasty, impolite characters in a way that shows how gross they are without exposing the reader to anything too offensive.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? Jane Eyre (can you tell how much I love this book?)

Do you have a secret talent that readers would be surprised by?

I’m a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a certified instructor.

Your favorite go-to drink or food when the world goes crazy! 

Most women probably say chocolate, but meh. I have herbal tea every morning, and I find it soothing. As for food, almost anything with sugar in it (except chocolate).

And what is your writing Kryptonite? NONE!

Take a look at Melissa’s latest release:::: Never Miss

Kadance is used to disappearing behind the scenes but trying to stay hidden from her family of assassins takes living under the radar to a new level. When she witnesses an attempt on Lyndon’s life, her instincts kick in. But saving him, means that she will risk having her cover blown.

Lyndon has spent years studying the disease that killed his parents—the Ebola virus. He is determined to prove that the virus was manmade and is about to be weaponized. As Kadance and Lyndon scramble to find the mastermind behind the spread of the deadly virus, they also discover the truth about each other and their pasts.

Never Miss is brimming with action and intrigue that suspense readers will love until the very last page.




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Her fiction writing has received the Author / Ambassador at Library Journal Self-e Authors, Winner Queen of the West Reader Favorite Award, Amazon Bestseller - Historical, Double finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Mystery and Humorous Categories. Writing humorous cozy mysteries and romantic comedy, Jocie can find humor in most everything, even when she shouldn't. She lives in the Midwest on Dust Bunny Farm with her family.