Author Spotlight with Melissa Lee Cobb

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a humble person who loves Christ, family and life. I am a two time college graduate in education who lives to give your mind an imagination fix.

What do you do when you are not writing?

As much as possible, I spend time with my family. When I am not with them, I read the news and research information.

Do you have a day job as well?

When I am not in the classroom teaching, I am an USDA Food Inspector.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I have writing as long as I can remember, but publicly a few years. I finished my first published book about 6 years ago called; My Private Hell; the untold story of a preachers wife .

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I don’t think of a certain genre. I just write how I believe I am directed. Once I finish, I choose the genre the book falls in.

Where do you get your ideas?

Nothing that I myself write can help anyone. There are instances (if I am led) I add personal experiences, but in all honesty, I pray about what to write because I write to reach the people.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?

I have when I try to force a story. As soon as I take a break, get in my prayer; the block is over and everything flows, accordingly.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

For the majority, I just write, but I have done an outline.

Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

The Zebra romance taught me about a life I would like to live, and The King James Bible teaches me about a life I need to leave.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I didn’t have any challenges with getting my book published.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?

I like the work of Nora Roberts, and Danielle Steele.

What impact have they had on your writing?

The way they attract the people in an ordinary life as they give you a great story.

What do you think is the future of reading/writing?

I believe the future can be brighter as we overcome any hinderances.

Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.

I use them both. With the logic, I use reasonings of situations. With intuition, I use personal experiences and how it affected me.

What is your role in the writing community?

To get as many people to think about changing their lives and to perhaps change their lives.

How does your book relates to your spiritual practice or other life path?

The work I put in the atmosphere demonstrates how we all don’t have it together. We at some point in our lives have doubted the living God about various things. Again, we all at some point have been tried and tested in the trials of life. Within those trials, we have lost faith, gained faith, worried, stressed, cried and etc. but we came out of it in the end with a lesson learned. The novels I write shows we are human and in this flesh we make mistakes but must know there is a God who loves us in spite of us; in spite of how we think, feel or think. Every ending is NOT victorious, but every ending has a meaning for a victory.

What is your testimony?

It is given to every man a measure of faith. My faith has wavered and has brought me out of many situations, I should have been dead in. Because HE (Jesus) lives, I can live, when I want to give up; I didn’t use to think that. I didn’t use to know that, but now that I do; I’ll tell (write) it for as many people who are ordained to read my messages (novels). This temporary world needs to know there is a forever God.

How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing?

I read Zebra romance novels growing up, but it’s my adulthood that taught me the most.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

The overall accomplishment in my life isn’t being a great mom, an amazing writer, a caring friend, a humble person or a loving wife, cousin or sister. My greatest accomplishment is to know, I serve a living God who looks beyond my faults to see my needs.

What projects are you working on at the present?

Putting messages together that will serve greater purposes as I write books for the people; for we never know whose deliverance we are holding.

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