Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Interview & Giveaway! Melanie Dickerson ~ Author of The Fairest Beauty!

Melanie Dickerson joins us today with an interview and giveaway! *grins* I've read two of her books (The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter) and loved both of them! Definitely recommend! :)

Here's an excerpt from Melanie's first book, The Healer's Apprentice:



Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Melanie!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?


Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Melanie! (Great name, by the way!)

I am from a small town in Alabama, not far from Harper Lee’s hometown. Now I live near Huntsville, Alabama, also known as Rocket City, as it is the location of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and numerous rocket scientists. I’m married and have two wonderful daughters. I have a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama, which I have put to good use in my new book, The Fairest Beauty. (You’ll see what I mean when you read about my Seven Dwar—well, you’ll see.

What is your new book, The Fairest Beauty, about?

Here’s a short summary my publisher prepared:

In The Fairest Beauty, a fairy tale retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Melanie Dickerson, a woman arrives in Hagenheim claiming the young woman who is betrothed to the duke’s son, Valten, is still alive. With Valten injured, his younger brother, Gabe, defies his family and travels to find Sophie himself. Meanwhile, Sophie hopes to escape her evil stepmother, believing she will be safe at the Cottage of the Seven. When Gabe arrives at the castle claiming she is to be married to his brother, Sophie must make a choice: try to make it to the cottage alone, or trust the handsome stranger who seems ready to do anything to keep her safe.

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?

I was named after Melanie in Gone With the Wind, and my father was named after the western writer, Zane Grey.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was probably around twelve or thirteen, when I started writing stories for my friends to read.

How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite?

I have written six books, two of which have been published and two soon to be published. I am now working on my seventh and eighth, with plans to write several more! It’s enough to make my poor brain spin. But so far so good, I guess. I could never pick a favorite, though. I love them all. Except maybe my first book, which is not my best.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I have trouble writing my original draft unless I am either sitting in a noisy restaurant, or listening to Andrea Bocelli sing in Italian.

That is really interesting! Where do you like to write?

See above. 

What is the best and/or worst part about being a writer?

The best part is the creation of new stories and characters who become very real to me. And another favorite part is all the writer friends I’ve made. The worst part is just the weirdness of it, I suppose, the marketing myself and my stories, the negative reviews from total strangers who read things into my stories that I never intended. But it’s all part of the business, and one must take the bad with the good.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I am currently addicted to making paper beads and subsequently, making necklaces with said beads. I also have my family I take care of, driving my girls to school and volleyball practice, and I’m very involved in our church.

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?

I’ve been to Germany, which is where my novel is set, but I’d love to go back and visit more ancient castles and castle ruins. I’d also love to visit England’s castles.

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?

I love Taylor Swift’s songs and I plotted most of The Fairest Beauty while listening to Enchanted and Love Story. It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie.

I love the song "Love Story"! What is your favorite dessert?

I love anything chocolate.

Do you have a favorite holiday?

I guess I don’t really have a favorite holiday. I like them all.

I'm the same way. Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

One of my favorites is 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”

Here are a few this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Since we have a lot of tornadoes here, which is evil and deadly, I’ll have to say snowstorms.

Tea or Coffee? Tea, both iced sweet tea and hot tea, which I learned to love when I lived in Ukraine for one year.

Movie Theater or DVD? DVD. I’m a homebody.

Early-bird or Night-owl? Neither. But I guess I’m more of an early bird than a night owl. I love my eight hours of sleep!

Cats or Dogs? Dogs

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint? 

I have a fourth fairy tale retelling, a Cinderella story, and right now I’m working on a Regency, which I love. It’s kind of a hodgepodge of Jane Austen stories. The book started coming to me a couple of years ago when I decided to accept a challenge to read all six of Jane Austen’s novels—or I should say, re-read them, because they are my favorites—in six months. I also watched at least one version of each of the movies versions. I thought it would be fun to try to write a story based on various situations from Jane Austen’s books. So that’s what I’m doing, and I’m loving it.

Both of those books sound great! Thanks so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

Please come visit me at www.MelanieDickerson.com and on facebook.

Giveaway!


Enter to win a copy of The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson! Giveaway is only open to residents of the continental US.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below. The mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this blog post, after you do that, the optional entries will become available. :)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

142 comments:

Anonymous said...

I ADORE fairy tale retellings, and there's so many good ones coming out recently. I really love the cover for this- it's eye-catching and pretty :)

Amy C said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Anne said...

I cannot wait for The Fairest Beauty to come out! Thanks for the interview.

Nicole said...

Thanks for the interview & giveaway! Melanie, your books look really interesting!

karenk said...

great posting...thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Patty said...

I read and enjoyed 'The Merchants Daughter', I'm sure this new book would be no different! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

Patty

Angela - Bookaunt said...

I can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the chance to win it.

BurtonBookReview said...

I love these covers! And loved the Andrea Bocelli quirk tidbit. Thanks for the giveaway!

Melanie Dickerson said...

Thanks, everyone, for coming by and entering the giveaway, and for your comments! I'm excited for the book to come out. Can't wait to hear what people think of it!
And thanks so much, Melanie, for having me on your blog! :-)

Stephanie said...

I have not yet read any of your books but look forward to checking them out! :)

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for this book and I am absolutely in love with the cover to the point of considering making something similar for Halloween next year!

Anonymous said...

I am in love with the covers, I forgot to leave my name in the last post. This book has been on my wishlist since the scavenger hunt when I learned about it!

-Dani

Geo Librarian said...

I love fairy tale re-tellings.

Lorna Faith said...

Loved your other 2 books Melanie:) Would love to be entered for a chance to win this new book !

lornafaith at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway.
Katie Johnson
johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

Sparks of Ember said...

All your books sound so interesting. My favorite Jane Austen is Emma so I'll be hunting for hints of it when your regency comes out!

(& I'm signed into Rafflecopter as Katherine Vinson)

Kara said...

Yay for The Fairest Beauty!! Very cool interview, Mel, thanks so much for the giveaway :)
Blessings, Kara

Margaret said...

I loved Melanie Dickerson's books! They're on my favorites shelf. I'm looking forward to reading The Fairest Beauty!

Bookishqueen said...

I can't wait to read Fairest Beauty, I read The Merchant's Daughter and loved it.
I am also Rebekah Gyger

Julie D. said...

It definitely looks interesting

Carl Scott said...

I love to travel as well so I'm secretly envious of Melanie's year in Ukraine. Oops, not so secret anymore. Thanks for the giveaway.

ASC Book Reviews said...

I'M SO EXCITED!!! I have been REALLY wanting to read The Fairest Beauty!!! Thank you SO much for the chance to win it!!! There are SO many of your books I want to read and review Melanie and this one is at the top of my list!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Isaiah 9:6

~Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

Susan F. said...

I love the idea of fairy tale themed Christian books. I'd love to win this one, the cover is beautiful. I have to read them all.

Unknown said...

It's nice to meet you, Melanie! Love that you listen to Bocelli! Would love to win a copy of your book.

gwen(dot)gage(at)gmail(dot)com

Kandra said...

I really enjoyed the Merchant's Daughter! This one looks just as intriguing!

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!

Lisa Bartelt said...

I love the idea of fairy tale retellings. Would love to read this book!

Marissa said...

Great interview!! Thanks for the giveaway!! I've read The Marchant's Daughter and it was really good! I just love fairy tales!

marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

Unknown said...

Good questions!

Charity U said...

I'd love to read this book! Fairy tale retellings (or with any similarities to fairy tales) are something I love. :)

Andrea said...

I love remakes of classic fairy tales. Can't wait to read it.

Unknown said...

I love your books, Melanie Dickerson! I can't wait to read your new book. :D

Thanks for the giveaway!

Bethany said...

I loved The Merchant's Daughter and would love to win a copy of Melanie's new book! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Bethany

Melanie Dickerson said...

Thanks, you guys!!! :-)

KayM said...

I love the name "Melanie". I named one of my daughters Melanie.
I enjoyed the interview.
may_dayzee AT yaho DOT com

Ashley said...

Thanks for doing the giveaway, Melanie! Looks like a neat book! I love the front cover!!
Ashley

Melanie Dickerson said...

You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the comments! Yes, I love Andrea Bocelli. :-) His songs and his voice are SO romantic, and I don't get distracted by the lyrics, since they're mostly in Italian. :-)

Brittany said...

I love book giveaways! And this sounds pretty unique.

Anonymous said...

I read the Healers Apprentice. Loved it. The Fairest Beauty looks even more enticing, if that is possible. Winning would be wonderful.

Hannah said...

I've been wanting to read Melanie's books for a while. i would love to win! :)

Unknown said...

So far, I have only read Melanie's first book, but I absolutely loved it!! And how neat to discover that who she was named after...I have a friend that was named Melanie for the very same reason. :o)

Judy said...

I haven't read any of Melanie's books yet but I am looking forward to doing so. I really enjoyed the interview. I would love to win a copy of this book!

Blessings!

Beth said...

Retelling, my favorite! I so enjoyed Melanie's first two books. Such charming, lovely stories :) Looking forward to reading The Fairest Beauty. Thank you for the chance to win!

Beth

Faithful Acres Books ~ Linda Marie Finn said...

I just love the cover artwork, it is lovely for sure and I look forward to reading your books.
Linda

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway I have not read any of her books yet and I am looking forward to it. So thanks again

Pam K. said...

My daughter and I really enjoyed reading The Healer's Apprentice. I'm hoping to get a copy of The Merchant's Daughter to give to my daughter for Christmas. I'd love to win a copy of The Fairest Beauty to give to her as well. I know she'll let me read the books too. Thanks for the interview with Melanie and for giving away a book.

Unknown said...

I would love to win this book! It sounds terrific.

Jennifer Irving said...

I love the fairytale genre....and the book covers just make me want to get them all right now!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

scrapbookangel said...

Snow White was my favorite Disney movie. I could sing every song and recite every line from memory as a child. A different take on the story is an interesting prospect.

Shadowwolf said...

I am so excited about this giveaway!!! I would love this book. The story is so captivating!

Rebecca said...

Sounds like a different kind of read than I am used to. Would love to read your book
rdewey17@yahoo.com

Ladette said...

This book has drawn me to it from the first glimpse of the cover!! I have been wanting to read this one for some time!!

Kathleen L. Maher said...

I would love to read this newest fairy tale. Have loved the other two. And if your Regencies should come to print, that would be uber-amazing!!!

Wendy Newcomb said...

I have to enter this for my daughter, she would LOVE this book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Abbi Hart said...

This was an awesome interview! I have loved both of Melanie's books and I'm anxiously waiting for my chance to read this one! Also those other two books sound really awesome! Thank you so much for this giveaway!

Jasmine A. said...

I absolutely loved the first two! I can't wait to read this one and the next!

NatureFairy said...

I really like reading family friendly fairy tales and re-written fairy tales! I'd love to be able to read the other books too. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

AmayaAngel7 said...

Thank You for the giveaway!
The interview was great.

Thank You Again And Have A Blessed Week,
Marissa Anderson

Joelle S. said...

These books look really fun. I'll have to add them to my to-read list in Goodreads!

Natasha said...

I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy Benham/Benham Farm's said...

Wow this looks to be a GREAT read!!! Adding it to my "to read" list right now!!!

Kristin said...

I loved her first two books, and I can't wait to read this one! Also, the Jane Austen-ish book she's writing sounds awesome. :)

~Kristin
sewtechnicolor (at) yahoo (dot) com

Donna Safford said...

Thanks for the chance to win! The book looks great and the interview was wonderful. Thanks for sharing. =)

Bluerose said...

I have to say this is my favorite cover yet! I'm really curious about the Jane Austen hodgepodge now. Can't wait! :)

Unknown said...

Me, too! I read both of Melanie's other books and they are wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of her newest (which looks sooooo good).

Rachelle

biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

chappydebbie said...

I love the cover of this novel! It is so gorgeous....and the retelling of Snow White? I would really love to read this one.

Unknown said...

I absolutely loved The Merchant's Daughter!!! And I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Cyn Hyde said...

Loved the sample read and enjoyed learning about Melanie. Would love to read the whole book. Thank you for sharing.

Cyn Hyde said...

I can't wait to read the whole book, not to mention the rest of Melanie's books.

Sarah Holman said...

I can't wait to read this book!

Anonymous said...

Great interview. I love Melanie’s first two books and can’t wait to read The Fairest Beauty. The Jane Austin-ish book also sounds like a winner. :-)

Thanks for doing the give away.
God bless.

Mary Cline said...

I have always loved fairy tales. I would love this book!

Anonymous said...

Yay!!!! The Fairest Beauty is finally coming out; I am so looking forward to (crossing our fingers) either wining it, or going to a Barnes and Noble to buy it! Thanks Melanie for giving us a chance to win!

Sarah said...

I would love to win this!

Kimberly said...

I've read Melanie's other two books and loved them. Thanks for the chance to win the 3rd.

Anonymous said...

I've not read any of your books Melanie, but would like to. This one sounds interesting. so do the Healer's Apprentice and Merchant's Daughter. Maybe my Library will have them. Please enter me to have a chance to own this one.
Maxie Anderson ( mac262@me.com )

Brooke @ i blog 4 books said...

I've been curious about these books for a while. I love fairy tales, so I'm sure I'll enjoy these! :)

eyeballlucy said...

I am soo looking forward to reading Mealanie Dickerson's new book..'The Fairest Beauty'...I have read Melanie's books...and I felt like they were a romantic, historical book...but anyway I love Melanie's wonderful books.....babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

Meghan said...

The covers of these books are so beautiful! They look like fairy tales!

mestith@gmail.com

Meghan Stith

Unknown said...

I love to read fairy tale retellings! Thank you for the giveaway!

Janette said...

I am so excited about this give away. Mealanie is one of my favorite authors. I look foward to every January and your new book. Thanks for the contest.

NatureFairy said...

I hope the library near us has The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter, they sound really good. :)

Rachel Koppleberger
time4us2havetea(at)yahoo(dot)com

Carol Gehringer said...

Would love to win . . . heae read the first 2 books.

Carol

She Will Move Mountains said...

Hi Melanie & Melanie! ;-) I actually read the majority of The Healer's Apprentice while sitting in a Hospital (my mother was having surgery at the time, which totally helped with imagining all of the healing and apothecary talk. I absolutely loved it, by the way! I also love Andrea Boccelli, and listen to many other artists singing in foreign languages as I write too. I'm looking forward to reading all of your other fairytale re-tellings too!

Melanie said...

Hi Sarah! I loved The Healer's Apprentice, too! :D

Kat said...

Sounds like a great book, I'd love to read it!

katsaddress AT gmail. DOT com

Sarah Olson said...

Fairy tale retellings are the best! I'm excited to enter this giveaway :)

Jan said...

I would love to win these for my grand daughters.
godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

A Cooking Bookworm said...

I loved Melanie's first two fairy tale retellings! This one sounds just as good!

Stephanie
mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

bonnie said...

Sounds like a fun twist in writing style!

bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

This sounds like an AWESOME book!!!

Jes said...

I've not read any other books that are a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! The Fairest Beauty sounds great!

Jes
jswaks

Vera Godley said...

I'm not much into fairy tales or fantasy, but realize that the young ladies at our Christian school would probably love to have this in the library. :)

Unknown said...

I would love to win this!

What's Beyond Forks? said...

I also read The Merchant's Daughter and loved it. I look forward to reading this one and more books by Melanie Dickerson. Thank you for the giveaway!

Melanie Dickerson said...

Thanks to everyone who commented! BTW, I can't announce it yet, but soon I will be able to reveal more details of my Jane Austen-ish book. :-) Please "Like" my author page on Facebook to keep up with my book news: https://www.facebook.com/MelanieDickersonBooks
Thanks again!

Merry said...

Melanie's books are awesome, I'm looking forward to her Cinderella re-telling and the Regency. Thanks for a chance to win The Fairest Beauty.

Brian Alexander said...

I would love to win this book!

Sarah Holman said...

I can't wait to read this book! I read The Merchants Daughter. I look forward to it!

R.P.H said...

Wonderful interview! Thanks for sharing. Your blog is lovely. Please count me in for the giveaway. :-) My email is ryanheart89@comcast.net

awhartness said...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has always been one of my favorite. I would love to read this book!
awhartness@yahoo.com

Anne Gooch said...

Great interview! I love the cover and it sounds like its going to be a great book!

Merry Christmas :)

Unknown said...

would love to win this...i am a blogger and a book reviewer too!!!!!!!!!!!!
i joined your mailing list :O) Merry CHRISTmas and Gods Peace :O)
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Anonymous said...

I love fairytale-retellings! :) I have read both The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchants's Daughter, and can't wait for The Fairest Beauty!! The covers are beautiful, and I am excitingly waiting for the covers of Melanie's Cinderalle retelling and Regency novel... (of course, I can't wait to read them as well).
Thanks for this giveaway! :)

-Shantelle

Shopgirl said...

I've been so excited to read your books! I love retellings and I'm excited for your Jane Austen one!

Emilyn J Clover said...

This book sounds really cool! I have read the Healer's Apprentice and enjoy fairy tales a lot.

Rebekah Hart said...

I cannot wait to read this book! I love the first two installments in the series and expect the third will be equally as good.

Liz R said...

Great interview and thanks for the chance to win this one!

Unknown said...

I cannot wait to read The Fairest Beauty! I own and love both The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter and I'm really exciting to get more and more of Ms.Dickerson's writing and stories :) Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Sierra
Keep growing beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to read the books. Thanks for the giveaway.

alegnab at hotmail.com

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win this book

Jan said...

I would love to win this for my grand daughter.

kim burnett said...

great review, thanks for the chance

eyeballlucy said...

I love Melanie Dickerson's books and would be thrilled to win a paperback copy of Melanie's book 'The Fairest Beauty' I have shared on facebook and twitter....babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

Anonymous said...

I've seen her books around but have yet to read one! Thanks for this giveaway--please sign me up! I LOVE discovering new authors.
-Emily

emily_reynolds(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rissi said...

Such a pretty cover. :)

Kylie Carlson said...

I love fairy tale re-tellings! I haven't seen these before but they're now on my TBR list!

Unknown said...

Covers are very pretty :)

Tressa said...

I have heard really great things about her books, but haven't read any yet. They are all on my Goodreads tbr list. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Rafflecopter is under Tressa S.

Cindy said...

Merry Christmas!

Megan Parsons said...

I want to read this book! The cover is beautiful!

mediaworm said...

The book looks like it is going to be a very interesting one to read can't wait to read it. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy Holidays!

Vanessa said...

I adore her books, and would love to win this!

Crystal said...

Cool :)

KaciOhio said...

So cool! I've never read her before but looks like it would be right up my alley. I usually do just skip over these types of giveaways but this one struck my fancy. Looks amazing, I want it!! =) Thanks

Unknown said...

Hi! I'm Alex :)

Teddy said...

I can't wait! Nothing is as good as a fairytale!!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this book looks fantastic!! thanks so much for sharing, i need to read it for sure!

Jen Haile said...

I love the cover!

Andrew of Dunedin said...

For some reason, the retelling of the Snow White story has become trendy this year. BUT ... as a familiar tale to all of us, that is not a bad thing. It's nice to see some different takes on the theme. (I started the year listening to an audio version of one by neil gaiman - bizarre and not for kids. Then, two different movies this year ...)
I love the challenge of being able to find something new to say about something others think they know all about, and it sounds like Ms. Dickerson does, as well.

Unknown said...

These sound like great stories. And, I love the beautiful covers.

Unknown said...

Christian-themed fairy tales...you could be starting a new trend! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting this, my mother loves Christian Fiction

My Recent Favorite Books said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book! =)

Melissa B

magic5905 said...

I love romance fairytales. Thanks.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

Madilyn Crouch said...

OMGOSH! I have been wanting to read this for MONTHS!!!!! I Read " The Healers Apprentice" and "The Merchants Daughter" and adored them both. It would TOTALLY make my day, no scratch that, make my YEAR to win a copy of this book.

Bonita62 said...

Thanks for an opportunity to win!! I love the books on your giveaways.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

I would love to win!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
Sarah Richmond
sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com

Road to Grinnell said...

You can never have enough fairytales! Sounds wonderful.

Katie said...

Your book looks amazing. :)

Megan @ Inspired by Fiction said...

I love 2 Tim 1:7!!
Thanks for the giveaway~!
I really enjoy's Merchant's Daughter!
Megan

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