DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Names are something we all have. I love my name my parents gave to me, Melissa. I recently learned from my mother how they chose it. They were watching a John Wayne movie and one of the characters in the film had that name. Have you ever wondered why or how your parents named you? Were you named after someone? Is your name unique that no one else has it?
You don't have to answer the questions, but they do bring me to my next author and book -- "A Llama Like No Other Llama," by Paula Rodriguez. You might be wondering how this book ties into how someone got their name. Keep reading about the book and the author's interview and by the end, it will all make sense.
A story about a llama named Allama, that is no ordinary llama. The most well-known and fashionable llama in her town. Known for her love of candy and fashion. She is a busy llama. Whether it's shopping, planning something is always happening with this llama. A story with a holiday flare. Fun reading for the entire family.
Tell your readers
a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went
to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I'm native of Belize.
I Live in Los Angeles, California. I attended many schools due to being in the
foster care system. Because of these difficult years, I always have determined
to be the best person I could be. I always turned to books for a different view
on life other than my own. I grew to love books and my library card. The more
books I read the more I would love me. What a magical thing that happened to me
when I read books by Judy Blume. My world was finally explained to me in a way
that was crystal clear.
What inspired you
to author this book?
My eldest daughter
Where did you get
the inspiration for your book’s cover?
Allama was my
inspiration from start to finish. Allama has been ill with breast problems. For
over ten years Allama had many procedures and surgeries. Through all this
Allama started selling T-shirts to make ends meet. The business evolved into a
full boutique in the Los Angeles area. It had been an entire year after Allama
received the last surgery with absolutely no setbacks. This book is a
celebration of her recovery from the years of pain and suffering.
Who has been the
most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
Judy Blume. Alice White.
Oprah Winfrey. Sondra Rhimes. Michelle Obama. Bill Clinton.
What were your
struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
My struggles were how
long I wanted the first book to be. Knowing that I want to write more about
Allama and her journey as a series.
Tell your readers
about your book.
This enchanting book is
about my daughter Allama. Allama wondered a lot about her name as a child. Her
name was always asked to be repeated and was told how unusual her name was.
This is an inspiring story of Allama and her cunning ways of planning and
executing like no other llama in the town of llamas near a lake. A wondrous
story that is great for the entire family.
Who is your
target audience, and why?
The target audience
would be a pre-teen, teen, tweens. A wondrous story for the entire family. A story with a holiday flare.
What do you
consider your greatest success in life?
Happy children. Writing
this book in celebration of my daughter's recovery.
What one unique
thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
What sets me apart is
the fact that my story is depicted from a true character and true
characteristics of the character. Our story is also was the inspiration for the
nonprofit that we started in 2013 name Allamaforacause.com a mentoring program
for the community. We also support a self-breast examination awareness.