BOOK FUN MAGAZINE - FREE READ

MELANIE DOBSON GIVEAWAY and INTERVIEW





ABOUT AUTHOR: Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of sixteen historical romance, suspense, and time-slip novels including Catching the Wind, Beneath a Golden Veil, and The Silent Order. Chateau of Secrets received a Carol Award for historical fiction, Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana, and The Black Cloister was ForeWord's Book of the Year for Religious Fiction.

Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters. After moving numerous times with Jon's work, the Dobson family has finally settled near Portland, Oregon, and they love to travel and hike in both the mountains and the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn't writing, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, dancing, and reading stories with her girls.

More information about Melanie and her books is available at:
www.melaniedobson.com
www.facebook.com/MelanieDobsonFiction/

How did you come up with the idea for Enchanted Isle?

Melanie: When I was a child, my family would often visit a magical amusement park in Ohio called Geauga Lake. Sadly, this amusement park is abandoned now, but the memories of it, a gallery of pictures, are forever etched in my mind. When I started working on this novel, I wanted to write a story about a park once filled with beauty and wonder as well, an amusement park that had seemingly lost its way. And I wanted to set this story in a mysterious place.

A dear friend introduced me to the labyrinth of lakes and rich history hidden in England’s Lake District. The mystical lakes and rugged fells, home of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, have inspired the writers, artists, and tourists who’ve flocked here for more than a hundred years. As I researched, my story about an enchanted park began to grow. And I knew I wanted to set it in among these beautiful lakes. So, I began writing The Enchanted Isle —a historical mystery about what happened at a magical amusement park decades ago.

Nora: This sounds fun! I can’t wait to read it.

What do you hope readers take away from Enchanted Isle?


Melanie: My main character (Jenny) is a young woman who has a grand imagination. She thinks in pictures and often sees things that other people miss. I hope readers are swept away by her imagination along with the grand beauty, mystery, and legends in England’s Lake District. I also hope that readers are reminded, like Jenny, that we are all uniquely gifted and that God has a plan for each of His children.

Nora: This sounds fascinating! I can’t wait to read it!

What was your favorite scene in Enchanted Isle?  Which was the most fun to write? Which was the hardest? Why?
         
Melanie: My favorite scenes to write were the last two when…well, I suppose I can’t tell you what happens in those scenes. J The scenes describing the fairy legends were also fun to write and the scene with Jenny and Adrian on the island with the abandoned amusement park rides. And there is a romantic scene of them trying to take pictures together on one of the lakes—that was fun to write as well. I don’t remember a specific scene that was hard to write, but my amazing editor and I worked together for a while to iron out one of the storylines that wasn’t quite working. I think/hope was resolved.

Nora: Ok, I’m intrigued even more about the story.

What are the challenges of writing historicals?

Melanie: The greatest challenge is to become an expert on a historical time period and often a new place with a few months of research. I love to research so this challenge is a fun one for me, but it can be daunting at times. In the case of “Enchanted Isle,” this book was set mainly in the 1950s, an era that many of my readers remember. I spent a lot of time reading literature written during that decade.

Nora: Interesting. Thanks for sharing this Melanie!

You’ve been a busy lady and had two novels released this year. Can you tell us a little bit about your other novel Catching the Wind? How did you come up with the idea for that book?

Melanie: More than a year ago, as I sat down to brainstorm a new novel, I looked out the window in my favorite coffee shop, at a marvelous old tree with its sturdy branches and dangling leaves that ballooned like a giant umbrella over the people drinking coffee and tea below. In my mind’s eye, I saw two German children—the best of friends—playing high among those branches. In a tree house. They were in danger though at the time I didn’t know what threatened them. I just knew the boy and girl had to run. And the girl would be lost along the way.

While I sipped on my tea, the story of Dietmar and Brigitte began unfolding, coming alive on my computer screen as a gift, I believe, from the Master Creator. The rest of Catching the Wind is about what happened to these friends after they ran away and Dietmar’s seventy-year search to find his friend.

Nora: I was hooked from the start of this novel as you show two German children trying to understand and cope with an unimaginable reality they find themselves in. I loved how you switched from the current time and the past, each with a mystery to solve.

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Hope in the middle of stress and Life’s storms?

Melanie: A friend recently gave me this verse (1 Timothy 1:12), and I’ve clung to it for months: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” Some days I get anxious, but God gently reminds me that it’s by His strength, not mine, that I am able to mother my girls, care for my responsibilities, and write the stories that He’s given me. That is what keeps me sane—faith that I am following His lead and that I am not alone.

Nora: Amen! Amen!

What three things are you most thankful for in life?

Melanie: My husband—an amazing, godly man who loves our family and has encouraged me since the day we married to write down the stories that God had put in my heart.

My two daughters—two young ladies who bless me every day with their wisdom, kindness, and hilarious stories.

My dad—a genuine servant, a follower of Christ, and my greatest cheerleader who doesn’t read fiction yet has faithfully read all of my books.

Nora: Blessings for sure!

What three things would you rather not live without (besides your family)?

Melanie: My laptop, electric kettle, and fleece blanket

Nora: Grin!

Nora: Thanks for stopping by Melanie and sharing some of your adventures with us and your two new books. I was instantly drawn into your novel Catching the Wind I look forward to reading Enchanted IslesThanks also for the giveaways. 

CONGRATS TO AMADA CHARVEZ
your name was drawn to receive a copy of Melanie's new book
Catching the Wind

To ENTER the Drawing all you have to do is 
Answer ONE of the following questions.


1.  What is your favorite WWII novel?
2.  What fascinates you about this time period?
3.  What is your favorite amusement park?
4.  What do you love about going to an amusement park?

**TO READ the Rest of this INTERVIEW IN BOOK FUN MAGAZINE go to http://www.bookfun.org/ 
NOVEMBER  magazine cover with Melanie Dobson.
CLICK READ NOW. 


Nora St. Laurent The Book Club Network Inc. http://www.bookfun.org
You can read author interviews, reviews, learn about book signings and about TBCN giveaways on the blog she created called The Book Club Network blog, http://www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Nora also does author interviews and reviews for Book Fun Magazine http://www.bookfunmagazine.com  

Nora has also run book clubs face to face and online with more than 100 members. She enjoys working part-time for the Public Library as a CSA.

28 comments:

  1. I love the carnival games at an amusement park! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I always love reading interviews with authors. :) As for that time period I like learning about the strength and endurance of those who kept going while the war raged on around them.

    ReplyDelete
  3. 4. the latest park we've been to was years ago but as a young mother we went with my parents and the other siblings and their families-there were over 30 of us in the 79's and we got to feed the reindeer before boarding a train that'd take you through a winter wonderland of lights, all themes. ferris wheel ride and merry go round were the 2 i recall but there are now a whole bunch more. the thing i remember was just being with the WHOLE family and everybody had smiles, laughing and having a great time.
    Books sound like a good read, had seen some parts of them also mentioned in bookfun magazine.
    thanks for the channce,
    Julie

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for the fun interview! My entire family loves Disney World (is that considered an amusement park?). We love the family-friendliness of Disney among other things.

    ReplyDelete
  5. 4. What do you love about going to an amusement park?
    The water rides! They're usually the most fun. That and the tilt a whirl! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My fav World War 2, that I can think of anyway, :) is Snow on the Tulips! :)

      Delete
  6. Hi Melanie and Nora, great interview!
    Melanie, I have both of your books on my looong TBR list.

    I actually have three favorite WWII novels by Rachel Muller, (all from her Love and War Series):
    Letters from Grace,#1 Love and War series...
    Maggie's Mission, #2 Love and War series...
    Phillip's War, #3 Love and War series...

    Blessings, Tina

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well, I definitely do not like the rides! But I do like some of the food and love the fresh lemonade. Good place to do people watching too!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Nightingale is my favorite WWII novel.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for the giveaway and the interview! I think what intrigues me most about WWII era is how everyday people, even those not in combat areas, contributed to the war effort. A time that many came together to do what they could for the greater good.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I like novels about WWII because those who lived during this period are from the same generation as my own parents. This is the generation who raised myself and my sisters. It's really neat reading about the things they valued and passed on to the next generation.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have always enjoyed wstching my family and others on the rides.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I would lover to read Enchanted Isle, I love books of science fiction, mystery's, action adventure and fantasy, Since a
    wee lad I have been allowed to or blessed to see some may say cursed see into and experience the super natural from disembodied spirits to creatures to a time warp, Enchanted Isle description reads like an exciting adventure, I don't think that I have a favorite World War2 novel although I have read the rise and fall of The Third Rite,my favorite amusement park is 6 Flags over Texas. Thanks Melanie

    ReplyDelete
  13. I would lover to read Enchanted Isle, I love books of science fiction, mystery's, action adventure and fantasy, Since a
    wee lad I have been allowed to or blessed to see some may say cursed see into and experience the super natural from disembodied spirits to creatures to a time warp, Enchanted Isle description reads like an exciting adventure, I don't think that I have a favorite World War2 novel although I have read the rise and fall of The Third Rite,my favorite amusement park is 6 Flags over Texas. Thanks Melanie

    ReplyDelete
  14. My father in law served in WWII and that alone interests me in reading about it. He was involved in DDay at Omaha Beach.
    Gail Hollingsworth
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hey Melanie and Nora! Thank you for the fun interview.

    I don't have a favorite WWII novel, but I do enjoy reading about that era.

    The indomitable strength of those who lived in this era is fascinating.

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

    ReplyDelete
  16. I really enjoyed Sigmund Brouwer's WW2 novel Thief of Glory. I'm currently working on a play based on my dad's experience in WW2 - he was at the liberation of Bergen Belsen, the first camp to be liberated by the Allies.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love the greasy and unhealthy food at amusement parks. Especially the cheese curds!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love the greasy and unhealthy food at amusement parks. Especially the cheese curds!

    ReplyDelete
  19. My favorite WWII book is The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society. I enjoyed the letter style as well as the characters. It showed great friendship while also showing how life was during that time.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm interested in the time period because my parents and other relatives lived through it. My 95yo uncle flew mission behind german lines.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love riding the rides that spin and enjoying some family time!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. 3. When I was growing up in my Kentucky community there was an amusement park near Cincinnati, Ohio and that was the place that my family tried to go to at least once a year and it was a greatly anticipated trip for our youth group each year. That park is still there as a small picnic location but King's Island near Mason, Ohio is now THE amusement park in our area.
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  23. My favorite amusement park is probably Michigan Adventures. It is near us and is both an amusement park and water park in one. I enjoy rides that spin. I would love to be able to read and review your book

    ReplyDelete
  24. My favorite amusement park is Kings Island. I have been going since I was little. I just love it. ohiohomeschool (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Disneyland is my favorite amusement park. I have some very fond memories of performing there as a child and of times there with my family. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  26. CONGRATS TO AMADA CHARVEZ your name was drawn to receive Melanie Dobson's New book Catching the Wind - THANKS Everyone for stopping by. Loved hearing from you.

    ReplyDelete