Monday, June 30, 2014

Tennessee Valley Author Event: Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway: Melanie Codina

With the Tennessee Valley Author Event looming only days away, I'm spotlighting some of the authors from the event! For those of you who can come to the event this is a great way to get to know a little bit about each of the attending authors ... and for those of you too far away to come, this is a chance to discover new authors and new books that just might be right up your alley! And so, without further ado:

Brandi Kennedy: Melanie Codina, welcome to my blog!

Melanie Codina: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me.

Brandi Kennedy: Why don't you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Melanie Codina: Well, I'm not one who enjoys talking about myself. Pretty sure there are plenty of women who feel the same way. But in a nutshell, I'm married to my high school sweetheart and I have four kids. We live in Southern California so I enjoy wearing flip-flops all year round. Soccer is my favorite sport because the lives in our house revolve around it. And though I am a nurse by trade, I have given that up recently to be a stay at home mom for a little while.

Brandi Kennedy: Sounds like a fun change of pace. And will TNVAE be your first signing event, or are you more of a seasoned pro at this point?

Melanie Codina: TNVAE is not my first signing, but it is one of the first ones I signed up for. I'm very excited to attend it not just because of the line up of authors that I will definitely be fan-girling over, but because I have some close fans and friends that will be making the trip to attend too.

Even though TNVAE will not be my first signing, I'm still new at this. That being said, nerves are certainly on edge when I think about attending these events. The fear that nobody will come to your table is almost suffocating at times. Then when someone does, you think, "Oh thank God, someone likes me." And the nerves calm down a bit.

Brandi Kennedy: That has been a really common answer as I've been doing these interviews. It seems even the pros get at least a little nervous. So tell me, how many titles do you expect to have available by the time of the event?

Melanie Codina: Five.

Brandi Kennedy: That's a good number. And will you be bringing all of your titles to the event?

Melanie Codina: Yes.

Brandi Kennedy: I'm looking forward to seeing them. In the meantime, is there a way for fans to contact you, if they wish to order signed copies of books you won't be bringing with you? Or if they won't be able to attend the event but would like to order books anyway?

Melanie Codina: Any of my books are available at any time through my website. If there isn't a link for a specific book there, a fan can always message me on Facebook or directly through my website to request it. I will do whatever I can to accommodate.

Brandi Kennedy: That's great! What other forms of social media can readers use to follow you and your writing?

Melanie Codina: I'm also on Twitter and Instagram (MelanieCodina).

Brandi Kennedy: Well, I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Tennessee Valley Author Event, Melanie. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions today.

Melanie Codina: Thanks so much for having me. It'll be a busy year full of signings and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone along the way. Tennessee is such a beautiful state, I can't wait to get back there to take in the scenery. I'm thrilled to be included in the stellar line up of authors and will have to make sure I bring my composure with me. It'll be tough to stay in my seat when I want to meet everyone.

Alright, readers, there you have it!
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