Welcome to Three Questions with Van Heerling. This is where you get to meet authors, actors, painters and anyone else that is bent toward the arts, but on a more personal level.
Today I welcome Melissa Keir, author of Forever Love, Second Time’s the Charm and Beach Desires.
VH: Hello Melissa.
If you had two years left to live from this moment, what would you change about your life starting tomorrow?
MK: First of all, I would quit working as a teacher. I would want to spend my time enjoying my remaining days and visiting with family and friends. Secondly, I wouldn’t worry about working out or what I ate so much. What would be the point? And finally, I would probably try to write about my experience so that others can learn to enjoy life and have no regrets in the end.
VH: What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out?
MK: The number one lie that I tell myself is that I’m going to work out today. Of course when you have children, your body changes. I get that…nice birthing hips and all. But the cure for that is exercise. Then I get home from my day job as an elementary teacher where I’ve been entertaining and educating thirty-nine students, only to have to make dinner and do laundry…well, I just don’t have the energy! As you can see, I’m not getting in to the gym anytime soon. So it looks like I should change my lie to I’ll work out when summer comes!
VH: Looking at America, myself included, I don't think you are alone in this fib.
What is the worst advice you have ever given someone? How did it work out?
MK: The worst advice I ever gave someone was my old next-door neighbors. They had a hot-tub and wanted to find a way to use less chemicals in their tub. With my hot-tub we used specially recommended chemicals from the company that broke down into water so it never bothered our skin or eyes. They liked what they heard and bought the chemicals for use in their tub only to have it eat the fake marble off. It totally ruined their tub. I felt so bad. It was a good thing I moved away. :)
VH: That is quite a pickle indeed. Here's a thought, if the chemicals can damage the fake marble to that extent, what about your skin! Sure those chemicals are safe until you lose all your hair! Just kidding, I hope!
Thank you Melissa. Wonderful to meet you.
Forever Love is a part of the Love, Again Anthology
When Syndie Wilder returns to Amherst, Ohio, she comes back to take care of her ailing father and doesn’t expect to run into the childhood friend who dumped her in high school. When fate causes the two to meet, sparks fly again. But will a childhood friendship turn into a forever love?
Second Time’s the Charm
How does a middle aged, divorcee with two children find her way back to love after a devastating divorce leaves her with no self confidence and no faith in love? Lissa's ex-husband has shredded her self-esteem so she's thrown herself into her children and her work, leaving time for nothing else. When an life threatening illness in her best friend's family puts Lissa on the path to romance, Lissa finds new love in a most unexpected way--and introduced by her new guy's ex-wife. Who knew that first time loves could lead to second chances?
Can a summer fling last a lifetime? Stacey Wilder escapes to the beach for a much needed vacation and meets a woman who tempts her passion. But Stacey hid her desires growing up because small town Catholic girls don’t fall in love with other women.
Mandy Kenzie is a Southern girl who also dealt with discrimination growing up over her choice of lovers. When she meets Stacey, sparks fly and passion ignites. But will their beach fling become a forever match or just a vacation affair?
Can Stacey and Mandy make their long distance relationship work? Or will they let the prejudices of their upbringing ruin their chance at happiness?
Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver. Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines. In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog.
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. Her current projects include her books, Forever Love in the “Love, Again” anthology, SecondTime’s the Charm, and Beach Desires. In June, she has a new release at Rebel Ink Press titled Protecting His Wolfe. She guarantees that she isn’t done yet.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch--without Alice--a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.
Melissa loves hearing from readers!
"For me, writing is a joyful torture or sorts." ~vh~
“In this life, seek your own answers, and quote yourself for a change.” ~vh~
The muse has tapped my shoulder and my ear is turned toward her lips. I am waiting for her whisper. ~vh~
"The funny thing about life: more often than not it’s laughing at you rather than you laughing at it." ~vh~
"At some point there is a moment when you should give up. I’m here to tell you that today is not that day." ~vh~
“If you are afraid of the truth, never ask a young child a question.” ~vh~
“The frailty of life is most evident at its last breath.” vh
“Prove not to the world but to yourself that you are above your current circumstance.” ~vh~
"Don't be wishful when it comes to your dreams. Take aggressive action in your pursuit of them. Start now with a single step, no matter how insignificant it may feel." ~vh~
"Nothing is more powerful than an unwavering, unapologetic decision to BE." ~vh~
"Strive to be the light in an ever-darkening world. SHINE!" ~vh~
"Think big and then think small. That’s where the details live." ~vh~