Episode 57: Writing to the Finish, with Melissa F. Miller

Former attorney Melissa F. Miller is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 25 bestselling legal thrillers, suspense thrillers, romantic comedy mysteries and forensic thrillers. Her books share two common threads: pulse-pounding, tightly plotted action and smart, unlikely heroines and heroes.

Born in Pittsburgh, Melissa followed life and love to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and ultimately south central Pennsylvania. But she secretly still considers Pittsburgh home.

As a lawyer, she clerked for a federal judge, practiced in the offices of major international law firms and ran a two-person law firm with her lawyer husband. Now, powered by coffee, she writes legal thrillers and homeschools her three children.

More than 1 million readers have downloaded Irreparable Harm, the first book in her 11-title Sasha McCandless series. Twisted Path, Book 4 of her Bodhi King series, is set to release Feb. 19. Her most recent release (December) is the fifth story in the We Three Sisters romantic mystery series, Wedding Bells and Hoodoo Spells: Sage’s Wedding.

Melissa talks with host Patricia McLinn about source envy, how deadlines affect your writing, and what to do when you’re ready to throw out your half-written book.

In her own words: “I never go hunting for ideas. And I’m sure you’ve had this experience: people will tell you they have a great idea for a book and maybe you want it. And you think, I have more ideas than I could possibly write.” [11:09]

You can find Melissa at:

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