Author Interview: Melanie J Drake from Grumpy Old Trickster Gods #AuthorInterview #humour #books

To help spread the word about the Grumpy Old Trickster Gods anthology, I’m interviewing the authors involved.

Today we have Melanie J. Drake, author of Rules of the Game.

What is your story in the Grumpy Old Trickster Gods about?

Figuring out how to get what you want in life. Sometimes you have to go sideways to find your way.

What kind of research did you do for this story?

Almost none! I had the idea and needed to find a goddess to hold it up. So I searched the internet and decided Laverna fit my story, and here she is.

Do you enjoy books filled with mythology and folklore?

My favorite things to read when I was growing up were books on paleontology and books on Greek and Roman mythology. I grew up to become neither a paleontologist nor a goddess, but still love both.

LOL. Where did the inspiration for this story come from?

I read the first couple of anthologies and enjoyed the stories. They were all so fun! And then I saw the call for submissions for this book. To be honest, trickster gods are not my favorites. But I kept thinking about it, and this story appeared. First I wrote it from Gloria’s perspective, but it didn’t hang together well and didn’t get anywhere. I abandoned it, but a week later tried to write it from Laverna’s point of view, and it clicked into place.

Sometimes turning things around works wonders. What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

Always the characters. A character in a hard place. The hard part for me is spinning that one scene or vignette out into a story. 

Would you and your main character get along? 

I do have a deep love for biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, and small shops filled with weird random stuff. I prefer my tea without sugar, though.

I don’t drink sugar in my tea, either. If you were to write a spin-off about a side character, which would you pick?

My story was very focused and there weren’t many characters in it. I do wonder about her lawyer, though. There might be more to him than is apparent.

I like the idea of characters being more than they seem. Have you ever travelled as research for your book?

No, but places I travel show up in what I write. In this story, her shop was inspired by a shop I visited in San Francisco once. Some of the items in it are little things I’ve collected from various places I’ve travelled. I wrote one piece of flash fiction in a hotel room, inspired by a random wildlife show on the TV.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing? 

Writing, working, dish-washing, sewing, cooking, yoga, sleeping. There’s not much my cats don’t get in the way of.

LOL. Furbabies do like to be involved in everything. Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?

Some of my favorites were Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, and Robin McKinley. That’s a really short list, but super inspiring!

Which author in your genre do you most admire, and why?

It’s hard to pick one, and I don’t really have a genre. I greatly admire Anne McCaffrey, who created an amazing and beautiful world, and wrote stories throughout its history.

About the Author

Melanie Drake is a systems developer for a statistical software company by day, but by night she weaves stories. She started telling stories as a child to her younger brother, and never stopped. She has started writing them down and sharing them with others. She currently lives in North Carolina and enjoys trips to the beaches and to the mountains.


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