Meet Author Malynda Schlegel
Genre: Multi-genre, but focusing on romance right now.
About Malynda Schlegel
Malynda Schlegel is a college graduate who writes and reads books, all while drinking way too much chai tea.
We asked Malynda a quick round of Q&A’s, and here they are:
Q1: Describe your writing space.
A: My house? I don’t really have one. Wherever it’s quiet and I can take my laptop.
Q2: What was your favourite part, and your least favourite part, of the publishing journey?
A: The cover design process is my favorite. The anxiety is my least favorite.
Q3: What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your books?
A: *thinks* I have no idea.
Q4: Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
A: *Googles reader’s block* Oh, cool, there’s a book called Reader’s Block by David Markson. *finds definition* Oh, yeah, this happens a lot.
Q5: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
A: No, but it can be good therapy.
Q6: How do you select the names of your characters?
A: This is hard because I’m very picky about names. It’s a long searching process. I always joke that I’ll have to stop writing soon because I’m close to having used all the names I like.
Q7: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
A: I’m sure I do.
Q8: What is your favourite word, and why?
A: Percolator. Say it. That’s why. So great, right?
Q9: Picture this: You feel uninspired and you’ve sat at the computer for an hour without conquering any words. How do you get your creativity flowing?
A: Oh, that’s torture. I only try to write when the creativity is already flowing. If it’s not, I do something else. Life is hard enough, and I want to enjoy writing.
Q10: What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers the most?
A: I sneeze every time I get out of the shower. Never fails.
Malynda agreed to participate in a little flash fiction.
This is the cover of your next book, write the opening paragraph…
“Don’t fall,” taunts one of the boys watching me from the bridge at my back, reminding me of the taunts I’m used to hearing from my stepfather back at home. I slide closer to the top of the waterfall, right at the edge, my feet struggling to gain purchase on the slick rocks beneath. My heart gallops against my ribcage. If only those boys knew the miracle we’re about to witness. I don’t intend to fall. I intend to fly.“
Books by Malynda Schlegel
In the small town of Pepper Rock, there lives a family.
a little girl.
In the town, there are whispers.
Don’t get close.
That girl isn’t good.
She’s just like her parents.
My name is Pippa.
I like my life,
the company I keep.
And I’m not supposed to like it.
He is going back home. She is trying to find a home.
Katherine Colby has spent her short eighteen years as a reserved, passive player in her own life. Getting her first boyfriend and moving in with him right out of high school was the first time she really thought for herself. Little did she know, she was heading into a year-long relationship that would turn sour, leaving them broken, and her with a new determination to find a life of her own outside of Delaware.
Decker Jeffreys knows a thing or two about broken relationships. He knows some are worth fixing, like the family he abandoned in search of his own fresh start when he ended up in Katherine’s home state, and some are beyond repair, like the girlfriend he’s given this past year of his life to. The official end of his own relationship is the push he needs to go back to Colorado, to the place and the people who mattered first in the hope that he can fix his mistakes.
Decker and Katherine have spent a year fighting their mutual attraction, sticking to casual conversations, but now, their pasts have pushed them together on a road trip across the country … with nobody between them.
But the past can also work against you.
Sometimes, the past can keep you from having a future.
And sometimes, the thing you’re fighting against is the thing you should be fighting for.
For Julian Fowler, I am the girl who got away.
It was my fault. One year ago, the summer before our senior year, we almost shared a kiss. That same summer I left our small beach town and our group of friends behind to follow my older brother to college.
We—the Godfreys—are known for splitting, but Caleb and I have always stuck together. We’ve taken care of each other, so there was no other option but to be by his side. I stayed in touch for a few months until my ghosting gene got the best of me and I cut all ties to my old life.
Then my new life stole from me. One wrong decision made by a careless driver took Caleb’s life, leaving me to survive on my own.
The death of my brother led me back to the comfort of that small beach town where I grew up. But Bellsby is not the same. Julian is not the same. He’s distant. Cold. Hardened. Fighting a battle of his own that’s led him into the arms of Reyna. The other girl in our group. The one who saw him first. The one who fell for him first.
In her mind, I left, and Julian got over me. In her mind, his feelings are now for her. But she doesn’t see what I see buried under his guarded exterior. She doesn’t know that she was just there when I wasn’t.
Now, it’s a new summer, and I’m here to take it all back. I want my life. I want my friends. I want my chance with Julian.
I’ll bring him back.
I’ll fix us.
Even if that means other things have to break in the process.
Malynda, thank you so much for being a featured author in our spotlight blog. And if like us, you want to find out more about Malynda and keep up to date with her upcoming releases, you can follow her on the links below