Let’s Chat! Author Becky Melby

Welcome, Everyone!

Becky MelbyThis week Becky Melby is treating us with a visit. Becky writes cozy mysteries, and I just know you’re going to love her. 

Becky is offering a print copy of Family Secrets to the winner of this week’s drawing** (U.S. resident), so join the chat below to enter.

**Congrats, Lucy Reynolds, this week’s winner!

Becky Melby’s Roots

I’m a Midwest girl–born in Minneapolis. I’ve lived in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. I married my high school sweetheart 46 years ago. We just celebrated 50 years since our first date! We have four sons, all married, and fifteen grandchildren.

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y writing career began at the age of eight when I started writing stories on anything I could get my hands on. In fifth grade, when my teacher put my bunny poem (with a red “A+ Very Good!” on it), on the bulletin board, I knew I wanted to grow up to be an author. In high school I had a poem published in the local newspaper. That was a huge moment.

I was married with three kids by the time my first short story was published. I still remember dancing around my kitchen like a crazy lady with the acceptance letter in my hand.

A Debut for Becky Melby 

Twenty-seven years ago I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom. In the midst of the busyness of raising four boys, my writing dream was a fuzzy, distant memory. Then one day my friend Cathy Wienke called and told me she’d just literally thrown a book at the wall because of its trite dialogue and predictable plot. “We should write our own,” she said. And so we did.

A Surprising Turn of Events

Becky MelbyNine months from that conversation, we had a finished manuscript. This was back in the old days before the internet and email. We used Writer’s Market to find publishers that accepted unsolicited manuscripts and started sending out proposals.

Then, after a few rejections, we received a positive response from Barbour Publishing. They were interested in our story for their Heartsong Presents line. There was just one small problem: Their word count limit was 50,000 and our manuscript was 75,000! We faced the bird-in-the-hand dilemma. After a few days of prayer, we decided to go ahead and start slashing. As it turned out, what we thought would feel like lopping off body parts without anesthesia became a hilarious time of “Why did we write that?”

What’s Up With Becky Melby Now?

Becky MelbyCathy and I wrote eight other Heartsong titles and a novella together. I have also written a full-length three-book series called the Lost Sanctuary Series. (Out of print now, but watch for the series re-release later this summer.) I have two novellas in collections with Cynthia Ruchti, Rachael Phillips, and Eileen Key. A Door County Christmas and Cedar Creek Seasons are both set in my home state of Wisconsin.

Family Secrets by Becky Melby

Becky MelbyFamily Secrets, my recent release is the first in a series of Guideposts cozy mysteries called Secrets of Wayfarers Inn. In the series, three retired school teachers find an old warehouse that had once been an inn and hope to restore it to its former glory as a B&B and soup café.

In Family Secrets, someone (or something!) is out to stop them. The inn was once a stop on the Underground Railroad and each of the books in the series will contain a contemporary mystery as well as a glimpse into the life of Prudence Willard, a former slave who became a conductor on the UR and hid people escaping to freedom in the inn’s secret rooms. I am one of eight authors working on this series. One will be released every month. I just finished the manuscript for Book 9 which will come out in February.

Insight from Becky Melby

Tess, LuAnn, and Janice, the three main characters in Secrets of Wayfarers Inn have become my good buddies after all the time we’ve spent together. I love “watching” how they strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus while sleuthing around the beautiful riverside town of Marietta, OH.

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look back at the editing required for that first book as the greatest editing lesson I’ve ever had. Cathy and I basked in the joy of holding that first book baby in our hands. Back then, our readers sent actual handwritten snail mail. To know that our story was touching someone enough to motivate them to sit down and bless us with a letter was such a humbling experience.

Where to Find Becky Melby

Family Secrets can be purchased from Guideposts

You may reach me on my website is www.beckymelby.com.

I’m also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/becky.f.melby and my author page, https://www.facebook.com/Becky-Melby-Author-Page-147542291976020/

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Lord, what a privilege and blessing it is as authors to realize our words encourage others and bring them closer to You, the Word. From all points in our great country and across the world readers are finding Your messages of hope and encouragement in stories you’ve given authors like Becky Melby. Please bless every word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ Sake

11 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Becky Melby

  1. Terri Buchholz

    Hi Becky. I am really excited to eventually read your new series. I read between 2 to 5 Christian fiction books a week. Sometimes I read so long into the night I start seeing double (then I just close one eye and keep on !) Historical fiction is my favorite ,, I collect those I like, loaning them out with subtle threats if not returned. I’m also blessed by a good mystery that is not gory. Bless you and thanks!

     
     
  2. Marilyn

    Hi Becky, nice to meet you here on Linda’s blog. I’m in Illinois and heat index is over 100 today.
    Your books are ones I know I’ll enjoy so they are going on My that never ending TBR list. Blessings as you continue to write.
    Linda, thank you for introducing new authors who write Christian genres right here in your blog. Hugs and blessings.

     
     
    1. Introducing authors to readers is so much fun! PS: You’re feeling south Texas heat, girl!

       
       
  3. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for the chat. It’s always good to know an authors roots. I would love to be where you are right now, it’s just so HOT here in central Texas. And it’s too soon in the summer to be this hot. Stay cool!

     
     
    1. I’m visiting my son and family in central Illinois where it’s 93 today, but I imagine you are in three digit weather in central Texas, Perrianne!

       
       
  4. Faith Creech

    I lived in Wisconsin as a very young girl. Thanks for the chat and also a chance at the giveaway!

     
     
    1. Happy to meet a former Wisconsinite, Faith!

       
       
    2. Hi, Faith. So good to see you in our circle this week. This South Texas girl would love to visit Wisconsin. Thank you for supporting this blog—and Becky. God bless you!

       
       
  5. We are about an hour and a half south of Oostburg, Lucy. Beautiful area up there.

     
     
  6. Lucy Reynolds

    Loved reading this. Exciting journey. I lived in central WI for twenty years and am in Oostburg now visiting my daughter and family. Have a blessed day.

     
     
    1. Thanks for dropping by, Lucy. I love these connections among writers and readers of faith-based fiction. Thank you for your faithful support of this blog and Becky. Bless you!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Sheila Hudson

Welcome, Readers. And welcome, Sheila.

This week we’re chatting with super-successful veteran author, Sheila Hudson, a Georgia girl who mainly writes cozy mysteries. I’m honored Sheila has agreed to join us this week. Find a comfortable spot, prop up your feet, and enjoy.

**There’s a prize at stake for the drawing winner—Classic City Murders. Enter by commenting below.**

Congratulations to Melissa Henderson, winner of Sheila’s cozy mystery, Classic City Murders

Before Sheila Hudson Authored

In 1968 I married seminary student Timothy L. Hudson. With graduation we accepted an assignment with our first church along with parenthood. We served several churches before my husband accepted a position as a professor at a Bible college. Both from Georgia, our first winter in West Virginia with an infant proved quite a challenge.

From this background we entered campus  ministry and our first assignment was Northern Kentucky University where we served 5 years. We now had two daughters and spent our time commuting across the river from Covington, KY to Cincinnati, OH where we lived in community with another family from our church.

I tutored and worked for the church until our last move in 1982 back to Georgia where my husband took the position of Senior Campus Minister at the University of Georgia where we served 28 years. We are both alumni of Atlanta Christian College (now Point University). I accepted a position at the University of Georgia and retired in 2007.

Sheila Hudson’s First Steps

My writing career began with a writing course from my husband while recuperating from surgery. I’ve written for the Athens Banner Herald, Athens Magazine, Christian Standard, The Lookout, Chicken Soup, and numerous other publications.

Sheila’s Debut Experience: “Pure Gold” Nonfiction

 

 

 

 

 


In 2014 Dancing with Bear Publishers published my first book, 13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life followed in 2015 by 13 Decisions That Will Transform Your Marriage. It was a thrill like no other to finally reach that milestoneThe first box of books was like receiving pure gold. (Click to Tweet!) 

Sheila Hudson’s Next Steps: Cozy Mysteries

Initially, I experimented with fiction and wrote a short novella – a cozy mystery. When I sent it to a friend to see if I was on the right track, she asked to publish it and two more just like it. (Did I mention she’s an editor and publisher?) That began my fiction career as the author of seven cozy mysteries known as The Thursday Club. I enjoyed these humorous stories about five women (drawn from my circle of friends) so much I later entered another contest by Winged Publications.

My Classic City Murders won that contest, and ThomasMax Publishers in Atlanta, Georgia published it in two volumes.

Since then I have begun a new cozy series called Silent Partners with Winged Publications. Kiss and Make Up is the first book in the series about twins who solve a murder. The second book in the series, Dead Ringer, features the same characters and will be available for the holidays. 

A Little Advice from a Veteran

I advise anyone who wants to write to start with the inner circle. Start small with articles and start local. Pay your dues and take small bites in the writing world. Develop thick skin for critics and those who might be jealous of your successes. The world’s best editor and my writing partner and friend for over twenty years, Amy Munnell, blesses me. Amy introduced me to Southeastern Writers Association where I have been affiliated for over 23 years. I consider serving on the board in many capacities and as President a privilege.

I consider writing a ministry and have mentored others in this capacity. My husband and I served in campus ministries in two universities and currently minister at Classic City Community Church in Athens, Georgia. We have been married 49 years, have 2 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, 1 son, and 7 grandsons. God has blessed us beyond words.

What’s Next for Sheila Hudson?

I plan to continue working with SWA, the church, and a mission that is dear to us – SonSafaris, Inc. Hopefully we will visit their handiwork in South Africa in the coming year—a subject, no doubt, to write about.

About Sheila Hudson

Sheila S. Hudson authored the Thursday Club series: Murder at Golden Palms, Murder at Sea, Murder at the Mandelay, Murder at the Monastery, Murder on the Marquee, and Murder Under the Christmas Tree published by Take Me Away Books.

Furthermore, Sheila also penned Classic City Murders: Volumes I and II published by ThomasMax Publishers, Inc. She first published two nonfiction books: 13 Decisions That Will Change Your Life and 13 Decisions That Will Transform Your Marriage (Dancing with Bear Publishing). Sheila has contributed to Not Your Mother’s Book (2), Chocolate for Women (8), Chicken Soup, Patchwork Path (2), Love Stories (2) plus numerous periodicals.

Find Sheila’s books at www.amazon.com or on her website  www.sheilahudsonwriter.com

Also, her byline appears in Purple Pros and Costumer Magazine. Bright Ideas, the parent company, was established to bring hope and inspiration through the written/spoken word.

Contact Sheila at sheilahudson.writer@gmail.com; Sheila@13decisions.com or visit www.13decisions.com or www.sheilahudsonwriter.com for information on speaking engagements and forthcoming books.

How faithful You are, Lord! You lead and direct and surprise us at times. Your ways are perfect. We ask You to remind us of that eternal truth and bless every word Sheila writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Sheila Hudson

  1. Marilyn R

    I’ll have to be checking out Sheila’s Christian Cozy Mysteries. Thank you for introducing Sheila Hudson and her amazing story of ministry and writing.

     
     
    1. Sheila’s led quite an interesting life, hasn’t she, Marilyn? And had time to write too. So glad you joined our circle this week. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       
  2. Paula

    This looks like an interesting combination: Christian cozy fiction! I love cozies. Have to add Sheila to by TBR pile! Thanks Linda.

     
     
    1. You and me both, Paula! Sheila’s quite an author. You’re entered in next week’s drawing! Thanks for joining the conversation. 🙂

       
       
  3. I enjoyed learning about Shelia. I, too, consider writing a ministry. 🙂

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Melissa. Writing is a ministry to most Christian authors. The log is one for me. I love sharing other authors with readers. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       

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