Featured Interview With Melanie Sypherd
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Hi, my name is Melanie Sypherd and I from California, raised in the heart of Los Angeles. I grew up with a love for anything and everything entertainment. In elementary school I was a member of the choir and orchestra classes and the local girl-scouts. Back then, I was sure that I would find a place in music, but when I was promoted to Thomas Star King Middle school, all of that changed. I auditioned for my first part in the school play and landed a role in “Tootsie” a comedy musical. It was in that performance that I stole the show and was bitten by the showbiz bug. Subsequently, I was voted “Most likely to pursue a career in entertainment” and started writing poetry and short stories.
In high school, I enrolled in a creative writing classes to help develop my writing techniques and the stories poured from my creative imagination. After high school, life really picked up, and I laid my pen down and put my story telling on the shelf until I created an after-school program to help promote the arts. I do not have any pets currently because life is too busy.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started my love affair with books when I was 8 years old, asking my parents for nothing else for Christmas.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Yikes thats a tough one, I like many different authors. Off the top of my head, I like Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Emily Bronte, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and many more. Currently, I am a fan of the Spirituality genre but am genuinely inspired by my own life experiences and my imagination.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My book “The Patio” tells the story of Andrea Pierce, a reasonable, responsible woman whose life has been a concentrated effort of staying out of sight and out of mind. However, being nearly 6’ tall and drop dead gorgeous makes that a nearly impossible feat, not to mention she just so happens to be the one and only child of one of the most influential Hollywood movie directors/writers. Up until now however, she has done an excellent job and has found contentment in focusing on educational goals and her future career options despite her mother Maggie’s constant nagging about finding a man. Tonight however, Maggie may get everything that she has ever wanted for het daughter and Andrea just may get everything that she thought she never wanted.
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