Melanie Atkins, PSWA Member and Mystery Writer

Marilyn: First, tell me how you found out about PSWA.

Melanie: I found the organization online. I don't really remember how, but I was
intrigued to have found a group of writers from the field of public safety.

Marilyn: Will you tell me and my readers a bit about your background?

Melanie: I'm a multi-published author of suspense and romantic suspense, the former wife of a police officer, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for me-it's a way of life. I grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales, and that love of storytelling must have rubbed
off on me.
I'm fascinated by crime fiction, and in an effort to learn more I've completed two local Citizen's Police Academies and attended many conferences with law enforcement sessions taught by professionals, including Forensic University sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Marilyn: When did you first start writing?

Melanie: I started writing as a child, scratching down stories about my cats in church. I wrote short stories in high school and college, and then life interfered. I later began writing again and tried my hand at full length novels -- and that stuck.

Marilyn: What are you writing now?

Melanie: I'm working on a gritty single title suspense set in my neck of the woods that hopefully will shine a light in a very dark place. The storyline is intense and troubling.

Marilyn: Tell us about your books and where we can learn more about them.

Melanie: My latest release is PRIME SUSPECT, the second ebook in my New Orleans
Detective series released by Desert Breeze Publishing. In this story, New Orleans Assistant District Attorney Marisa Cooper prosecutes murderers for a living, but the tables are turned on her when her ex-husband is found dead in her garage. To prove her innocence, she must team up with her former fiancée, Slade Montgomery, the detective who risks his career--and his heart--to help her find the real killer.

More information is available here:
You can learn more about all my titles on my website, blog, and etc:


Marilyn: What kind of promotion works best for you?

Melanie: Word of mouth and online promotion have been most productive for me.

Marilyn: What's next for you?

Melanie: I plan to continue plugging away at my current WIP while I await the release of my next title, the third book in my series, CHOSEN TARGET, in June.

Marilyn: Is there anything else you'd like me and my blog readers to know?

Melanie: The complete release schedule from Desert Breeze for the rest of my N.O. series and my second series, titled Keller County Cops is:

BELOVED CAPTIVE, September 2010

SHIELD OF VALOR, September 2011

Marilyn: Thank you so much for letting me interview you.

Melanie: Thank you, Marilyn. I look forward to getting to know people in PWSA and
learning from all of them.

Marilyn: We'll be on the lookout for your books and I hope I get to meet you one of these days.


It's so nice to meet Melanie ~ thanks for conducting this interview, Marilyn. Melanie has an interesting background and her books sound intriguing. I know from working in the police dept that the Citizens Academy is such a worthwhile experience.
Best wishes on all of your upcoming books ~ you're so prolific!
I will follow you on Twitter, Melanie!

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