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Articles / May 3, 2019

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Adventures in BigStock: Reading Gardens
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Articles / May 3, 2019

BigStock reached out to us about featuring their portfolio in our entries, and we had so much fun exploring, we wanted to share some entertaining collections of images. There are some seriously talented photographers at work in stock imagery, too. There’s also a lot of gold to be mined when it comes to stock photos. Every month, we’d love to share with you some great, beautiful, or downright silly things we’ve come across on BigStock. This month’s theme: Reading Gardens If you’re anything like me, you have horrible allergies in the spring. This post is for people who love to read, and might want to exist in nature, but the itchy eyes and runny nose mean we have to appreciate lush gardens and blooming flowers from afar. Look at this adorable backyard garden! I want to see more of it; I see stairs. Where do they go? I foresee the bench getting a little uncomfortable after a half hour, but thankfully there are pillows. We just have to remember to bring them in when it rains. I don’t have the disposable income for replacement pillows. Photo credit: Cycreation | BigStock There’s no graceful way to get into a hammock. Thankfully,…

349. Keeping the Audience in Mind Always: An Interview with Melonie Johnson
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Articles / May 3, 2019

Today I’m talking with Melonie Johnson, whom I first met nearly 10 years ago before she knew what RWA was. Now she’s releasing three books back to back as a debut author. Her first book, Getting Hot with the Scot, released this week – congrats, Melonie! In this interview, we talk about her surprising and familiar path to publication, including being a Golden Heart finalist twice. She discusses the invaluable support from other writers, and the importance of inspiration and emotional joy when creating a happy place for herself as a writer, and for her future readers as well. Melonie has been an actor, director, and drama teacher, and founded a children’s theatre, so we talk a lot about how acting, directing, and theatre training influenced and assisted her in writing romance, and in performing the audiobooks for her series. The most important piece of advice from our conversation: how to keep the audience in mind, always. TW/CW – Melonie talks a bit about the death of her father six years ago, and how her first book is dedicated to him. Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: You…