Interview with {Melanie Karsak}: Part Two

Read Part One

I met Melanie Karsak when I joined Falling in Deep. I’ve read the first two books in the Airship Racing Chronicles, and I really love the depth to her character Lily. Melanie’s new novella, Ink, is available TODAY!

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Happy release day, Melanie!

WInterviewMelanieKarsakImage.docxhat authors do you like to read? Favorite saying about writing?

I’m a really eclectic reader. I read A LOT of nonfiction, probably a book a week. I’m always trying to learn something new. Some of my favorite steampunk authors include AW Exley and Elizabeth Watasin. In terms of the dark stuff, I love Margo Bond Collins’ vampires and Peggy Sue Martinez’s zombies. But I like romance too. Staci Hart is one of my favorite romance/erotica authors.

Favorite writing music? Does it change from project to project? 

My writing music definitely changes from book to book. My mermaid book required a lot of weird instrumental music as I figured out how it would be to exist underwater. My zombie stuff is usually dark. My steampunk books take me all over the place!

Tell us about Ink: A Mermaid Romance

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As I mentioned, I moved to Florida about five years ago, and I was really inspired by all the sights on the coast. We’ve taken trips to Miami on a few occasions. I enjoy the architecture, but dislike the vibe of the city. It’s the same vibe Ink feels when she is there (sorry, Miami). I live on the Space Coast, not far from NASA, and I love this area. We are close to Cocoa Beach which has the feel of a “once-happening” place. There is a quaint charm to its faded, sea-side glory. I adore Cocoa Village, a quaint downtown area. There are lovely little shops and old oak trees with Spanish moss. It was the perfect setting for Ink’s eventual rendezvous with a good friend.

I think looking at the water every day made me really feel the vibe of the ocean—and yes, go ahead and imagine I’ve said that in the most hippie way possible. It probably doesn’t hurt that my daughter had me watch The Little Mermaid about 1000 times on summer. Watching Ariel turn herself inside out for a life on land made me really wonder: was it all it was cracked up to be? What if mers were more like vampires, dark and hedonistic on land…no Prince Eric’s here. Then what would a poor mermaid do? I think I played with that idea in Ink.

Do you have any advice for new writers (like me)?

Keep your expectations realistic. Study what successful authors are doing. Don’t give up. You will make mistakes, and you will learn from those mistakes (I say as I sit here realizing I need to recover and rebrand my Lady Macbeth line). Expect things to go wrong: bad reviews, slow sales, typos that slip through. These things happen. Don’t let them discourage you. Fix whatever is wrong and move on. Remind yourself you are in this for the long haul. Write.

READ PART ONE of my interview with Melanie Karsak

A bit about Ink:

A mermaid princess destined to wed a handsome king… 

It sounds like a fairy tale, but the reality is far murkier. 

Ink, Princess of the Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mers of Florida, Ink’s marriage will bring lasting peace. 

Or so it seems. 

Mere hours before she’s supposed to leave the ocean for her customary year as a drywalker, Ink meets Hal, an alligator shifter who warns her that a storm is brewing. There is malicious intent behind Ink’s marriage—and worse, meeting Hal has also caused a storm to rage in Ink’s heart. Nevertheless, loyal to her tribe, Ink will put aside her feelings and journey to Miami to marry the decadent King Manx. 

Ink soon learns that her only hope of surviving the crashing force swelling around her is to tap into a power deep inside—a forbidden power that might destroy them all. 

InkAbout the author: Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, and The Saga of Lady Macbeth. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

Keep up with Melanie: Blog  Twitter  Facebook Pinterest  Email

Make your library happy: order INK here


Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Interview with {Melanie Karsak}: Part One

I met Melanie online when I joined Falling in Deep. I’ve had the opportunity to read some of her previous work, and I really enjoy her character, Lily. In preparation for Melanie’s new novella, Ink, I was able to catch her mid-run and ask a few questions.

Unrecognizable human with face covered by hairs in the deep cold water.

Tell us about you. What are some of your previously published projects?

I have three series. The Harvesting Series is my dark fantasy/horror series. It is a zombie/fantasy mashup. It’s a fun series and takes the genre in a different direction. My other series is The Airship Racing Chronicles. This is my steampunk romantic adventure series. I totally adore the characters in this series. Lily, my airship pilot, is a hot mess. An opium addict, Lord Byron’s lover, and an airship racer, she’d a great character to write. I also have my Scottish series on Lady Macbeth, retelling the classic Macbeth tale from the perspective of Lady M.

When did you start writing? When did you start publishing? What is the hardest thing about writing?

I’ve written since I as a kid. Like many other authors, I’ve been to the rodeo with literary agents, had near-misses with publishing contracts, etc. In the end, I opened my own publishing imprint and got serious about my works. I invested in me. The hardest thing about writing for me is simply having time. With two small children and a full-time job, finding time to write is tough.

What has been your favorite character that you’ve written so far?

I mentioned Lily previously, and she really is my favorite character, but I also loved writing her lover George Gordon, Lord Byron. He was interesting to write because 1) he was a real person 2) I had to fictionalize this real person and 3) he is a he. I generally don’t write men very well, but there was something about Byron that was special…maybe because Byron is special. I also enjoyed writing Grandma Petrovich from The Harvesting Series. It was fun to write the bossy grandma type. Ink, my new character, was fun to write because I’ve just never even thought about the perspective of a mermaid before. It was fun to get inside her head.

Where does your inspiration come from? What do you do to break through a block?

I can barely contain all the ideas floating around in my head. It’s maddening at times. They come from anywhere and everywhere. Much of my steampunk is inspired by steampunk visual arts. My mermaid was inspired by my environment. I moved to the coast of Florida 5 years ago and the landscape just sucked me in.

Has there been a progression through genres with your writing, or do you mostly stick with one genre?

Well, I really see myself as a fantasy writer. I just write in different subgenres of fantasy. I think readers see my line tend more dark fantasy/steampunk as I go forward.

Part Two of my Interview with Melanie Karsak will post on June 2, 2015!

A bit about Ink:

A mermaid princess destined to wed a handsome king… 

It sounds like a fairy tale, but the reality is far murkier. 

Ink, Princess of the Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mers of Florida, Ink’s marriage will bring lasting peace. 

Or so it seems. 

Mere hours before she’s supposed to leave the ocean for her customary year as a drywalker, Ink meets Hal, an alligator shifter who warns her that a storm is brewing. There is malicious intent behind Ink’s marriage—and worse, meeting Hal has also caused a storm to rage in Ink’s heart. Nevertheless, loyal to her tribe, Ink will put aside her feelings and journey to Miami to marry the decadent King Manx. 

Ink soon learns that her only hope of surviving the crashing force swelling around her is to tap into a power deep inside—a forbidden power that might destroy them all. 

Ink
Aaaah! Love this Mermaid (:

About the author: Melanie Karsak is the author of the Amazon best-selling The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, and The Saga of Lady Macbeth. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

Keep up with Melanie: Blog  Twitter  Facebook  Pinterest  Email

Pre-order Ink here


Love mermaids? Looking for a great beach read? The Falling in Deep Collection, a collection of 15 unique tales of creatures of the deep, is rolling out the first novella in their collection at the end of May.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the Falling in Deep Collection are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we’ll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May – September Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden

Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak

Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger

Deep Breath by J. M. Miller

At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells

The Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone

The Water is Sweeter by Eli constant

The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin

Immersed by Katie Hayoz

Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

Never miss a release! Join our newsletter for behind the scenes information and release updates:

Join the Mermaids!