An Interview with Author, Melissa Reyes

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Today I want to share an exclusive interview with Melissa Reyes, author of This is The Sound of My Soul.

I first met Melissa through the So Cal Lady Blogger group. Melissa and I connected right away. I don’t know if it was because we share a love of planning and list making or the fact that we both love crafts, the beach, and celebrating life with theme parties.

Soon after I met her, many of us from the group were preparing to meet each other for the first time at an upcoming blog conference. What Melissa did for the conference was so creative that I have to share this story.

She printed out a list with names and photos of all bloggers that she had met online and wanted to meet in person and printed it out on heavy paper. At the conference, as she met each blogger, she asked them all to sign it by their photo. What a wonderful way to connect with people she wanted to meet and make a lasting impression!

Melissa is the owner of MizMeliz.com and is a certified professional life coach and mother of three.  In her book, Melissa shares her journey in finding the joy and happiness though situations and events that have happened in her life.

I recently met up with Melissa and asked her a few questions about her new book, The Sound of My Soul.

 

Melissa Reyes, Author of This is The Sound of My Soul

Interview with Author, Melissa Reyes

1. What made you want to write This is the Sound of My Soul?

Since I was a little girl, I always loved reading and I thought it would be so cool to be an author. I always wanted to be a writer. I started writing poetry and keeping a journal in grade school. I used to dream of turning one of my journals into a book and leaving my story for future generations.

When I started blogging, about four years ago, I decided to make a book from my blog posts and I wrote them with the intent to expand on each subject. I joined a class online called A Year with Myself, produced by Cigdem Kobu, with prompts from instigators all over the world.  These influential and insightful women contributed to a 52 week program that was a guide to digging deep and identifying a woman’s self worth. It was a formal way of writing my thoughts and feelings about subjects that I had been longing to write about my whole life. Within a few months I knew that this was shaping up to be a book of my own insights.

2.  What is your favorite chapter and why?

I don’t have just one favorite. The first one that comes to mind is “Being a Total Rock Star Isn’t Easy” because it was so much fun to write my experience of performing my poetry on stage. That was a dream come true.

The final chapter of the book, “Healing Changes” was very special to me. When I finished writing it, I knew it was the end of my book. I knew it marked my complete transformation. I became a new woman that day.

3. Which authors influence your writing?

For non-fiction, Don Miguel Ruiz inspired me to write about my own life’s philosophies with The Four Agreements. Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey first inspired me to tell my story, when I read her book, A Woman if Independent Means in 1979. I re-read it before I started editing my book and found it just as interesting. For fiction, I love Dan Brown and hope to write a high adventure historical fiction some day.

4. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to watch TV and go to the movies. I like to listen to books on Audible while I clean house or cook. I love to travel and go to the beach.

5. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write anything and everything. Never stop. I consider everything I write, even an email, practice. You never know what might come to mind later when you are working on a project.

Melissa’s website – MizMeliz.com

Where to find This is the Sound of My Soul http://amzn.to/1b94QAn

Good Reads Reviews – This is the Sound of My Sould

This is the Sound of My Soul Book

I would like to thank Melissa for the opportunity to interview her!

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much Raquel, for the interview and for your kindness! I am happy to answer questions from your readers, if they leave a comment.

  2. Melissa is truly one of a kind… with such a shining personality… truly leaves an impression on everyone she meets =) So happy for her and her accomplishment!!

  3. I also consider every email a form of writing. And greeting cards! I have always wanted to be a writer. Somewhere along the way I picked up photography too and it’s just as deep for me, but less painful to get out sometimes. I couldn’t pick a favorite, though. I’d like to read this book!

    • You are an AMAZING photographer Tamara. Isn’t it amazing how unplanned blessings and paths appear? Melissa is so open about her journey in the book.

  4. Melissa’s book sounds awesome and I love that idea for blog conferences! I’ve been to a couple conferences but I wasn’t so well prepared!

    • Yes I love it and it’s a wonderful way to remember faces too!

      • Now that I “know” more people online, when I go to an event I still get autographs – I just use the menu or schedule of the event and I snap a selfie with the blogger and ask for their autograph. It breaks the ice and makes for a fun remembrance. When I post it on Twitter or Instagram, I feel like it unites the followers of both blogs and grows the community in a really positive way.

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