Scarberryfields: Can you tell us a little about your nationality?
Melissa Rutter: Born and bred in boring old England, nothing exotic I’m afraid, but have many friends and family in the States and class Texas as my second home.
Scarberryfields: When you finish a novel, do you miss the characters?
Melissa Rutter: Always, with my Humangels in my trilogy they have powers and one can only dream of having them, so when I write about them it’s sort of like having the powers too…crazy I know.
Scarberryfields: While writing, if you need help with punctuation, grammar, etc., where do you turn?
Melissa Rutter: Like many, I use Word for my writing so I rely on spell and grammar checks on that, though it’s not always right and the old Oxford has to come out on occasions.
Scarberryfields: With the number of hours spent writing, do family members support you or complain about the time spent away from them?
Melissa Rutter: My children are understanding and my husband extremely supportive, but when I am editing a book, he feels a little neglected because that takes as much as writing in the first place. However, when I am done, I do give them all of my time, I write mostly at night so they don’t miss me too much.
Scarberryfields: Does writing benefit you in any way and if so, how?
Melissa Rutter: Writing takes me away from all of the doom and gloom in the world, also it helps keep my mind open and alive it’s always ticking over which is great for keeping the grey matter busy.
Scarberryfields: When you’re writing, do you shut-off all social networks?
Melissa Rutter: No, I take breaks because I have bad hands, so I can’t write for too long, new to Twitter, but FB has helped me link up with some dear friends all over the world and their support is amazing. It helps me keep tabs on my author friends too, I love hearing how their work is coming along.
Scarberryfields: Did you use any family members as Beta readers for your debut novel?
Melissa Rutter: No, a few friends read them first, find it uncomfortable sharing it with family because you wonder if their opinion is biased.
Scarberryfields: Do you feel social networking as a marketing tool, is beneficial?
Melissa Rutter: Definitely yes, you can network your novels all over the world through them.
Scarberryfields: What is the last book called that you completed and published?
Melissa Rutter: I Immortal Part 3, Fire and Ice, it’s the final book in my trilogy.
Scarberryfields: Where can readers go to find your books?
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