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I seem to have gained some new followers around the various places I play lately, so thought I might start doing a semi-regular post to catch folks up on who I am, what I do and what I’m working on. Thus, the inaugural State of the Mel.

Who am I?

I’m Melanie Scott (most commonly answering to Mel). I write books. Specifically I write fantasy (dark and urban) as M.J. Scott and contemporary romance as Melanie Scott.

M.J’s two current series are the Half-Light City series (dark fantasy) published by Roc and The Wild Side series (published by moi).

Melanie’s first book in the New York Saints series (contemporary romance) will be out in August.

My agent is Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

More specifically I’m of the female persuasion, I have a day job that I don’t tend to talk about much online and I have so far survived all the deadly critters that my home country of Australia likes to strew in the path of its citizens. I live in Melbourne where there are few deadly critters and a lot of very changeable weather. So there will be weather whining. It’s a Melbournian pastime. I drink Coke Zero. Coffee makes me sick (sadface). I like geeky things, movies, tv, ballet, knitting, food, photography, naps, travel and books. I also have my girly moments (nails/make up/perfume/sparkly things/bags/shoes). I am an experienced cat butler. My two current feline employers are the Torti (a relatively sane for a calico/tortoiseshell girl who like rattly mice and glaring out windows at birds and other cats who have the temerity to wander into her line of vision) and the Fuzzy Girl (a slightly less sane, built like Garfield, tad un-coordinated, very chatty fluffy grey and white girl). The previous employers (if you go delving into the archives) were the Orange Cat (a very sweet but neurotic red burmese boy) and the Grey Cat (possibly the most sane of my cats, a fluffy smoke tabby moggy girl). I hang out with friends of the writer and non writer variety and I am slightly prone to klutziness (maybe that’s why the Fuzzy Girl appealed to me). I am not kidding, I broke my ankle getting up from my couch. I am currently attempting to garden. My thumb may be a very pale green with black spots. I am team Iron Man, team Buffy, team Thor, team Ollicity, team genre, team animation, team happy endings are the best, team chocolate (preferably dark), team margarita, team science, team musical, team music in general, team my heart belongs to Number 10, team reading is sexy, team thinking, team virgo, team don’t be a douche and team life is better with folks who make you laugh.

More about the books, please?

The Half-Light City series is an alt-world dark fantasy quadrology. It has fae and vampires and werewolves and magic and follows a bunch of characters through a particularly troublesome time in the Half-Light City which houses many races and many problems. The first three books Shadow Kin, Blood Kin and Iron Kin are available at all the usual places. The last book, Fire Kin comes out on May 6.

The Wild Side series is an urban fantasy trilogy which follows the adventures of Ashley Keenan who is trying very hard to be a normal boring human accountant but all the pesky werewolves and vampires in her world make that difficult. The first book, The Wolf Within, came out last month in ebook. I suspect I will do a print version at some point.

The New York Saints series is a contemporary romance trilogy about three guys who buy the New York Saints (the worst team in MLB) and the women who complicate the process. The first book, The Devil in Denim, will be out on August 26.

What are you working on?

Last year’s writing schedule was  a bit nutty. Which meant, naturally, that life decided to sideswipe me with other stuff.  Including a four month or so bout of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo which was very unpleasant. Which means I am currently trying to catch up and WRITE ALL THE THINGS.

I am currently writing Angel in Armani, book two of the New York Saints which I would really like to finish in the next month and thinking ahead to book three, Lawless in Leather which will be the next book I write. I’m hoping those two will both be out next year. I am also pondering the first book of a new fantasy series with Roc, which is so far nameless and should be out sometime in 2015.

I have in spare seconds, been revising The Dark Side (book two of the Wild Side books). I’d like to get that out in the first half of this year but that will depend on how nicely the three books above play with me and how much caffeine I can drink/sleep I can forgo.

Other things. I am contemplating some short stories which is unusual for me. I have an idea for a Wild Side short which I’m poking at and would like to do some things for fun in the Half-Light world but you know, I haven’t received either my clone army or my allocation of minions yet so projects to be completed as time allows.

Tell me more…

Places I hang out include here on the blog (but hey, you knew that already). I love me some twitter and @melscott will find me there. I tend to be most active on twitter but you know, internet procrastination for the win, so I hang out elsewhere.

M.J’s facebook page is www.facebook.com/AuthorMJScott and Melanie’s is www.facebook.com/WriterMelanieScott.

I like to take pictures, so if you like looking at pictures, my Instagram handle is melwrites. I also post various pics on FB and twitter. I use an iPhone 5 and a Canon DSLR mostly.

I also have a slight Pinterest problem. I pin many pretty shiny yummy things I like as well as hero/heroine inspirations and mood/series boards. Any my pretty, pretty covers.

I am on G+ and I’m on Tumblr. Tumblr tends to be me reblogging things that catch my or the muse’s attention, so weird writer brain warning on that one.

M.J has a newsletter. So does Melanie. Both are irregular and will not spam you. You can subscribe on the websites or on the Facebook pages.

And that about wraps it up for the current point in the life of Mel, so farewell, adieu, etc etc etc (oh dear, now I’m going to have a The King and I earworm).

 

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