Melissa Rolka Shares Perfect Writing Advice…and a Chance to Read Her Perfect Books For Free!!!

I’m so excited to host Melissa Rolka, author of the New Adult Perfect series. The first book, The Perfect Distraction, is currently available for free on Kindle (yay!), and Melissa’s giving away three e-copies of her second book, The Perfect Emotion (double yay!!)! For a chance to win, comment below, like Romance Debuts on Facebook, comment on Facebook, or send a tweet to @romancedebs.

Read Melissa’s thoughts on publishing independently below and share your thoughts!

What is the single most important thing an unpublished writer should do to get published?

I am self-published, which is a very different route.  If you are eager to get your work and your story out there I recommend this route.  You are completely in charge of your story, marketing, and managing all aspects of selling your books.  It is a lot of work, but I enjoy being in control and making the decisions.

What is the single most important thing a newly published writer should do?

Do your research first!  Make sure you understand the process to be able to hit publish.  It’s important to have your ‘ducks in a row’ or else you get bogged down and it takes even longer.

Where is the best place to go for writing advice?

I’ve found through networking on FB.  Strange I know, but truly I’ve found a wealth of information on FB from fellow writers.  It’s very helpful and great to meet people who are doing the same thing as you.

What is the best writing advice you have ever gotten?

Find time out of every day to write, even if it’s only a small amount.  It helps keep the story flowing.  Even if they words don’t come out just the way you intend them keep going and get the scene out, then later you can edit.

What would you do differently if you could?

Write faster! Ha!

Can you imagine having a different career? What would it be?

I’m not sure I totally look at this as a career yet, more of a hobby, a love, a passion, a way to express my creative side.  I really enjoy doing this and don’t put any pressures on myself to pound out books as fast as I can.  I do it for the love of it and because I enjoy it.

Do you have a favorite debut author? If so, who?

Wow, that’s a tough one.  There are so many amazing authors out there who never get noticed.  I read in all categories, in terms of romance… Michelle Lynn’s Love Me Back is an amazing debut.  Collide by Gail McHugh sucked me in.  Consequences by Aleatha Romig is one of my all time favorites, but it’s dark, twisted and mysterious.  I loved Divergent by Veronica Roth, and her personal success is encouraging.

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Book 2 in the Perfect series: Kate (Katherine) Monroe is finally coming to heads with the decisions she’s made in the past to keep herself distracted at any cost. Learning to move on and forward with the conflicts in her life is harder than she expects though. With Kyle continuing to attempt reconciliation and Kate’s mom back at home, avoiding and running are no longer an option.

All along Kate’s mind and heart are consumed with Reed, but she fights to push her feelings and desires to the side. Despite the obvious pull and connection she has with Reed she finds it difficult to let him in… and trust in herself. However, Reed’s perseverance and patience never wavers and eventually he uses the one thing that had always brought them together… tennis.

As Reed and Kate begin to embark on a new relationship they face the past and the present head on. Along the way, new challenges and emotions arise testing the direction of their future together.

Can Kate forgive herself and trust Reed in order to latch onto the one emotion she needs most… love?

The Perfect Emotion (Book 2 in The Perfect Series):
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Book 1 of the Perfect series: When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.
Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?
Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.
Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
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Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers’ world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with, and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing, she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle. 
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