About Lillian R. Melendez
Lillian R. Melendez received a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in South Orange, NJ.
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What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I am an optimist by nature and that has helped me a great deal as an author.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for over twenty years and still enjoying the process.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
I knew I could become a professional writer after others encouraged me to publish my work. My adrenaline kicked in after meeting authors at book fairs as they discussed their road to success. I knew I had it in me and wanted to share my stories to the world, instead of keeping it in my desk drawer. I write to find truth, and in mystery, there is always truth hidden that needs to be revealed.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”STEPHEN KING
The quote resonates with me, because I get my inspiration through reading news articles, magazines, and other author’s works. Reading continues to help develop better writing skills, while imagination creates creativity in my stories.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
I am most proud of writing my first novel.
What inspires you to write and why?
What inspires me to write is understanding why some individuals have evil tendencies that hurt others. There are hidden reasons for their behavior. It may be emotional, psychological, or learned behavior.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
I am most comfortable writing mystery. I try to find truth and justice with a moral lesson in my stories.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
The whole process was a challenge. After I wrote the manuscript then others critiqued. I had to listen to both negative and positive advice about my story prior to submitting to publishers. The manuscript submission to literary agents and publishers was challenging, because of the anticipation of receiving responses. I welcome the challenge again with my next novel
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
It taught me to develop a tough skin. I have received several positive reviews from book reviewers. However, there are positive nuggets that I can learn through negative reviews.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
Writing is my passion and hobby. It’s mandatory for me to share my stories with other readers instead of keeping it to myself. Talents are meant to be shared with the world.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I am least distracted when I write. Whether I am in my quiet bedroom or sitting at a noisy train station, I am focus on writing. Writing relaxes me which in turn makes me more energize when I begin another chapter of my manuscript.
About Dismantling Vindictiveness
Christopher Parker is finding it hard to believe that his architect firm is being affected by the recession. His firm’s overall budget is decreasing in a rapid pace, employees are complaining that their funds are being tampered with, and the unforeseen attacks on top employees outside of his firm and murder, has Christopher’s heart racing.
Witnessing his own company’s downward spiral, Christopher holds suspicions, but does not accurately know who is responsible for the sabotage. Through newspaper articles published by the Disclosure Daily Tribune, he is getting closer and closer to the suspect. At the same time, Christopher’s health is declining and he is trying to make peace with those he hurt in the past before it’s too late. To his surprise, help comes from the unlikeliest of sources.