As I write this post, my infant daughter is sound asleep in her crib. She has just begun occasionally sleeping through the night and as I gaze lovingly at my little angel I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. In the last few months, two of my lifelong dreams have come true. I am a mom, me! And as of June 4th, I will be a published author.
I’m thrilled to be one of the Ladies in Red. Here are my answers to the LIR’s 20 ‘get to know you’ questions.
1. Introduce yourself, please (name you write under). Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?
My name is Méline Nadeau and that’s the name I’ve chosen to write under. I did, however, use a pen name in the 90’s, for her-point-of-view relationship and sex articles I wrote for a men’s magazine. I was a current affairs reporter in those days and my bosses felt that the show’s audience might not appreciate the kind of writing I did after hours. I’m now self-employed and proudly write romance novels under my own name.
2. Let’s get the details out of the way:
Single, married, divorced, widowed?
Doing what, other than writing?
One—just one—physical characteristic
I divide my time between Toronto and Los Angeles where I enjoy photography, yoga and spending time with my husband, screenwriter, Russ Cochrane, and infant daughter, Chloë Echo.
I am a freelance TV writer-producer and have worked for a variety of networks including CMT Canada, Teletoon and Cosmopolitan TV, to name just a few.
My work has taken me all over Canada, the US and the Caribbean where I’ve produced interviews and TV shows featuring celebrities, designers and musicians as varied as Kris Kristofferson, Marc Jacobs, 50 Cent and Jon Bon Jovi.
I’m often told I look like Sarah Jessica Parker.
3. What’s your secret passion?
I’m a complete cheese ball. I love sparkly frocks, platform shoes and disco music.
4. Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.
I’ve got the best family and friends a girl could ask for.
5. If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?
If I didn’t live in Toronto and L.A. I’d still spend a lot of time in those two cities. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and its people are funny, friendly and talented. Los Angeles is the mecca for film and television production, its weather is absolutely perfect and no dream ever seems too big when I’m there. I’d also love to live in Florence, Italy, and Nosara, Costa Rica. Florence for its beauty, exquisite food and Latin culture and Nosara for the sun, surf and “pura vida”.
6. Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?
I mostly write about where I live. But my first novel, Hot Off the Press, is about a fictitious town in Massachusetts that closely resembles a town I lived in after college.
7. What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?
I remember making up funny adventure stories, writing them longhand and mailing them to my cousin in Montreal.
8. Why do you write romance novels?
I believe in the power of love to overcome all else. Romance novels celebrate love, commitment, and making relationships work. If I can make you smile, laugh and cry and give you the gift of escapism, then I’ve done what I set out to do.
9. What else do you write?
I write chick lit and I’ve just finished my first mystery.
10. What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?
Hot Off the Press is set at a small town newspaper that closely resembles a small town daily I worked at in the mid 90’s.
11. What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?
I cut an entire point of view from my book. It was a perspective I spent a lot of time developing but in the end, I decided to focus on the hero and heroine’s relationship. Ultimately, the exercise of writing that POV helped me strengthen the overall story.
12. Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?
I put a bit of myself in all my characters. Those who know me well recognize certain expressions, attitudes and subtle traits. In HOTP, one of the secondary characters, Geoff Williams, is my favorite character. He’s the heroine’s best friends and if he were real, he surely would be mine, too.
13. The best part about my writing life is:
Dreaming up heroes and heroines and giving them life on the pages of a book.
14. The worst part about my writing life is:
Rejection. After spending every spare minute of my time writing, it breaks my heart when I miss the mark.
15. Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.
My next book is a mystery novel based in and around Toronto’s Fashion Week. I used my insider knowledge of that world and its people to give a unique perspective of what it’s really like behind the scenes.
Méline’s debut novel, Hot Off the Press, is available for preorder on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Off-The-Press-ebook/dp/B008195HTG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336605558&sr=8-1