Bob Rich interviewing Melanie Robertson-King

Bob

I “met” Melanie when she interviewed my friend Joan Y. Edwards. Being cheeky, I asked her to interview me, too. You see, one of my rules is, I can ask anyone anything, as long as I can accept a no. But she said yes, and to keep the circle closed, entirely randomly Joan won the free book I offered to a commenter. And now, Melanie is here for a second conversation.

Melanie, thank you for agreeing to chat with me at Bobbing Around.

The first thing that intrigued me on visiting your blog, Celtic Connexions, was that you’re a computer programmer. I know that activity is a joy for some people, a chore for others, and a terrifying mystery to most. So…

Do you still program? Have you kept up with the forever-changes in this field?

Melanie


My response is somewhat like your answer to my introduction of you as being a psychologist, although I don’t have to be quite as careful how I word mine. I studied and graduated from a community college course in computer programming. It was a government-funded course and they paid me to go to school.

Bob

As a young woman entering what I suspect was a male-dominated profession, did you experience prejudice, stuff like “Girls can’t do that!” reactions?

Melanie

At the time, there were other women taking the course and a number of the romance writers I know have a background in computers. Never once did I experience any negative reactions. I must have studied in the field at the perfect time.

Bob

How has your education and work affected your writing?

Melanie

I do payroll for a large trucking company, so that is a very black and white field. There are no grey areas. Programming is much the same. Writing allows me to escape the confines of the daily restrictions of having to conform to the rules set down by the various government agencies and deadlines I deal with on a regular basis.

Bob

The second thing that attracted my attention was your father’s story. He was in an orphanage in Scotland, then exported to Canada, and from your tone of writing about him, he grew into a loving father. Here is a story worth the telling, but I didn’t notice his biography among your titles. Have you ever thought of writing one?

Melanie


I’ve written articles on British Home Children, which have been published in Canada, the UK and the US. In these, I talked primarily about the agencies who exported children to other commonwealth countries.

“Always a Home Boy” was my father’s story. Leopard Magazine in Scotland published it in 2008. In addition, I’ve written a recent blog post about him.

Bob

OK, you’re here as a fellow author. Who is your target audience? Who do you write for?

Melanie

I write primarily for myself. Other than that, my target audience is romance readers. Who doesn’t like escapism in a romantic location (past or present) with a happy ending?

Bob

Is writing a hobby, a profession, or the core of your life? What do you get out of writing?

Melanie

Writing is my second job. As I mentioned, I work full-time, so squeeze in time to write before work, on my lunch hour, and after work while supper is cooking. Weekends, I’m busy marketing my books so quite often you’ll see me working at those events, too.

Bob

Convince me that I just need to read your latest book.

Melanie


Think Miracle on 34th Street meets Sleepless in Seattle. That’s the premise behind my first book in the “It Happened” series. I’ve set it in beautiful Old Quebec City, a place I’ve visited many times. She’s married to her job and he’s a widowed father. Oh yeah, and then there’s the dog.

This book won a Chill with a Book Reader’s Award in December 2018.

Bob

What are you working on at the moment?

Melanie

Currently, I’m working on two projects, one of which was unexpected, but that tends to happen when you’re a writer. Number 1 work-in-progress is the second book in my “It Happened” series, which when completed will be six sweet romance novellas set in picturesque locations across Canada. It’s title is “It Happened in Gastown.” Gastown is the original settlement in the what is now the city of Vancouver.

My husband and I recently travelled by train to and from Vancouver, British Columbia. That was the reason you had to postpone our interview. No Wi-fi on the train, intermittent cell phone signal, and most importantly your interview questions were on my computer at home. But I digress.

The unexpected one will be a children’s book. It came about on our recent train trip home from the west coast of Canada. Two small stuffed animals accompanied us and by the time we reached Jasper, Alberta on the return trip, our menagerie had grown. We now had a stuffed moose and two small bears. The book (which I’m planning on having illustrated) will be about their adventures on the train.

Bob

I give you a magic wand, loaded with one wish, which cannot be selfish. What is your wish, and why?

Melanie

Find a cure for cancer. Too many people I know and love are suffering or have suffered from this odious disease. Personally, I think the cure is there, but big pharma is keeping it under wraps because they can make more money by selling the treatments.

Bob

Yes, cancer is a scourge. It is one of the underplayed, unacknowledged epidemics of our times, thanks to all the horrible poisons around, and chronic stress that suppresses people’s immune systems. You might be interested in one of the major reasons no one talks about.

Finally, thank you once more for visiting.

Melanie

I’m happy to give away a free ebook of a commenter’s choice from this list of my books to date.

Bob

Thank you, Melanie. OK, people, you have till 15th July to comment, then I’ll randomly select a winner.

Melanie’s website

Her blog, Celtic Connexions

Facebook author page

Twitter

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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12 Responses to Bob Rich interviewing Melanie Robertson-King

  1. Wonderful interview! 🙂

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  2. Jolanda Rich says:

    I’d love to win a copy of that book!

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Melanie is still being kept out by the WordPress gremlins. Here is her reply:
      “Thanks for stopping by, Jolanda. Good luck in the giveaway.”

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  3. barbarakay1 says:

    A delightful interview and a book I will try to remember once I’ve dealt with the 15,673 emails and 50+ past-due ARCs.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Hello Barbara. You haven’t been around for a while, but I see you are still in the same situation as two years ago. I will teleport a magic wand to you that will allow you to catch up.
      🙂
      Bob

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Melanie is still forced to comment second hand. I am the conduit:
      “Thanks for stopping by, Barbara. I thought I was behind with about 800 unread emails. I’d be in full on panic mode if I had as many as you.”

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  4. Dr Bob Rich says:

    If you have tried to comment and got an error message, please use my contacts page to send it to me, and I’ll post it for you.
    🙂
    Bob

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  5. Dr Bob Rich says:

    Thank you for visiting, Joan. You know, you are in danger of winning another book!

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  6. Joan Y. Edwards says:

    Dear Bob and Melanie,
    What a delightful interview! it was fun to read about you, Melanie. I didn’t know you were a computer programmer. You are very talented in many areas!

    Bob, you have a naturally fun way of asking intriguing questions.

    Never Give Up
    Joan

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Melanie has been trying to post a comment, but some gremlin living at WordPress has been preventing her. So, I am posting on her behalf:
      “Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Bob. I hope your readers found our conversation interesting. Remind them I’m giving away an ecopy of one of my books.”

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