Saturday’s Pick: Author Melanie Snitker
Tell us a little about the books you write.
I write Christian romance novels. I love to create a story that, no matter what challenges the characters face, the love of God shines through. My first book, Calming the Storm, is a ‘standalone’ and has the strongest Christian theme. I have four books in my Love’s Compass series so far (with more on the horizon), and I focus on family in that series. My latest release, Safe in His Arms, is the first of a new series, and I’m putting an emphasis on second chances and the grace God extends to His children.
So all of your books are flinch-free? What made you decide to write clean books?
I started reading romance books when I was a teenager. I found books by Janette Oke at our local library but struggled to find many other Christian romance books.
In college, I would occasionally borrow a romance that I thought was clean only to find it was filled with sex and language. It was very discouraging.
That’s interesting that you started out wanting to write science fiction. Is there any chance you might publish something from that genre in the future?
You mentioned Janette Oke. What other authors have influenced you as a writer?
There are a lot of them! Let’s see… Lori Wick, Rachel Hauck, and Bodie Thoene, for sure. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and more than I could mention. There are some authors I’ve met through Clean Indie Reads that I admire and learn a great deal from as well.
Melanie Snitker, how did you find Clean Indie Reads?
In January of 2014, I decided to put real effort into my writing and publish my first book. I didn’t know much about publishing independently at the time, and I had a hard time finding much in the way of resources online until I joined Clean Indie Reads (CIR).
I’ve met so many wonderful people through CIR. The encouragement I’ve found there is second to nothing. The group is also instrumental in connecting with new friends that I hope I’ll get to meet in person some day.
CIR also gave me the courage to pursue publishing independently. I’m so glad I went that route and that I have a lot of support from my family and my fellow authors.
What are you working on now?
Thank you for sharing your Saturday with us, Melanie! Keep writing; you have a real talent for creating characters and events that your readers love!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/melaniesnitker