Thursday, July 22, 2010

 Ahoy, mateys!
We're so glad you 
stopped in to join us! 

Congratulations - the winner is:  Sue Beckman!!


Today we're on location in the South Pacific, surrounded by a sandy beach and palm trees in what I'm sure was, at one time, a bustling pirate cove. Please have a seat on one of the treasure chests in our circle here while we chat with historical author, Marti Melville.

Deanna:  Marti, I'm so thrilled to have you join me and meet all of our readers. You'll be new to some, but that's why I do our readers can add new, exciting authors to their shelves. I know my To Be Read pile is way to high! Now, you write about one of the things I love in historical romances, although I can't put my finger on just what it is I like about pirates. Your career has been as an Emergency Nurse. What caused you to shift to writing a novel?

Marti:  I’ve always loved to write. I have a collection of one-page stories that really are a journal of my life perspective on random events. Writing this novel however, was the highlight.

Deanna: So what was the motivation to write a full novel?

Marti:  I love history and the “story” that creates an individual’s life. I wanted to pass that love of history on to my children and grandchildren. This book was supposed to be the story of my great-great-great (keep going with the “greats”) grandmother but evolved into a different story.

Deanna: What caused the evolution into this story?

Marti:  There is some question as to the last name of one of my great grandfathers. I researched the name in question, looking for a sailor with that same last name, Philip. It was then I stumbled onto the not so famous pirate, Captain John Phillips of the Revenge.

Deanna: Why Captain John Phillips? Why not Blackbeard or another well-known pirate?

Marti:  Well, the first reason is his name which caught my interest. There’s something intriguing about the idea of having a grandfather who was a pirate. John Phillips’ story is just too good to pass up. I’ve said many times, “You just can’t make this stuff up!” His story was my novel waiting to be written.

Deanna: You have to love it when that happens! Your book has been called a paranormal romance and a historical fiction. So which is it?

Marti:  A little of both. I think the reincarnation piece makes the book slide into a paranormal genre. The history is in the story of the Revenge and her crew. All of the male characters, with the exception of Seth, are actual crew members who served under Captain Phillips. He, of course, is an actual pirate who had quite a reputation in the 1700’s Caribbean

Deanna: Are all of the characters in your book based on real people?

Marti:  No. The male characters really lived (except for Seth). However, the female characters are all fictional. Morrigan and her sisters are based on ancient Celtic folklore.

Deanna: "Midnight Omen Deja vu" is an intriguing title. What does it mean?

Marti:  There is one part of the story in which an omen lies on the moon. Deja vu is something everyone experiences at some time or another. It’s the feeling you get when you are in a place or situation that feels keenly familiar, like you’ve been there before. You can gather the title’s meaning now.

Deanna: Your website mentions possible real people you know who your characters are modeled after. Who is Kathyrn?

Marti:  That is true for a few characters but not all. I suspect all authors write about what or who is familiar to them. I am no different. Kathryn is modeled after both my daughters. One daughter has mesmerizing sapphire blue eyes. The other has a feisty personality with long dark hair.

Deanna: So who, then, was your inspiration when you created the persona of Captain John Phillips?
Marti:  Ahhh...Captain Phillips’ persona is modeled after someone I know, but just who that is will stay with me.

Deanna: With a nursing career, attending the university and being a single mother to five children, how did you make time to write?

Marti:  I would walk my dogs in the early dusk. By the time we rounded back toward home, the sun would be set and the moon on the rise. It was during those walks that I would plan out each chapter. My laptop would come out and I would put those ideas into words late at night. Frequently, I would get up before anyone else in the house was awake and steal quite moments to write as the sun rose. I love those times!

Deanna: Sounds like the typical writer's life for sure! Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Marti:  Don’t waste time trying to be perfect at first. Just write, write, write! Get your ideas on paper (on your computer). Write something every day. Talk to other authors and attend writer’s conferences to glean from the experiences of the “experts”. Stay with it and don’t get discouraged.

Deanna: Where and at what events can the public meet you?

Marti:  I will be sharing in the launching party for “Midnight Omen Deja vu” this summer in Salt Lake City (date to follow). On August 7th and 8th, I will be signing books at the Barataria Pirate and Faerie Faire in Sprinfield, Missouri. In September, I will be in Denver for the Buccaneer’s Bash and in October, the Tall Ship’s Festival on Catalina Island, California. There are several other local events in and around Salt Lake as well.

Deanna: Wow! I had no idea you had all that scheduled! How exciting for you; it sounds like a great time. How can the public find out more about these events?

Marti:  All of the events and book signings are listed on my website.

Deanna: Are you available for public speaking engagements or book club meetings?

Marti:  Absolutely! I enjoy the opportunity to spend an evening with readers and authors alike.

Deanna: How is the best way to contact you?

Marti:  I can be reached through my website or by phone at 951-216-4411.

Deanna: Where can we get a copy of "Midnight Omen Deja vu"?

Marti:  Orders are now being taken directly through my publisher, Publish America, on their site. You can also order through my website. Mention this interview in an email to me ( and receive an additional 10% off your order.

Deanna: Will there be more “Deja vu”?

Marti:  There will always be Deja vu moments. “Midnight Omen Deja vu” is not the last of Captain Phillips and Kathryn.

Deanna: Are you saying there is a sequel?

Marti:  Yes. The sequel is currently being written.

Deanna: Will Kathryn and her pirate Captain be reunited ever again?

Marti:  Perhaps. You never know what can happen in a lifetime (especially in a previous one). I suspect Kathryn will meet her Captain once again but when and how is something you’ll just have to read to find out.

Once again, here are my site links:

My Website            My Blog Site         Publish America       Author's Den

Deanna:  Marti, it's been an absolute pleasure chatting with you. I hope our readers enjoyed your interview but I can't believe they didn't find you fascinating! Thank you so much for your time and for being available to answer questions today.

Readers - Marti is giving away a signed copy of Midnight Omen, a gift card, plus a few other goodies you won't want to miss out on, to one lucky commenter so leave her a comment telling her what you enjoy most about pirate novels! The winner will be drawn Saturday afternoon so be sure to leave your comment! She loves to hear from readers; join in the conversation!