If you’ve been following our posts, you’ll know that we got the idea of the Fisher House donations from Melissa. You see, she does this charity in her home state of Washington. So supportive of us when we approached her about starting our own charity for Fisher House and explained how she did it and then helped us select our ThirtyOne bags. So, it is with pleasure that we introduce you to Melissa McClone.
Do you have a personal connection to the military or what is the reason you chose to support Authors4Veterans?
Many of my family members are veterans. My dad was in the Air Force during the Korean War. Three uncles fought in World War II. My brother-in-law flew helicopters during Desert Storm.
I chose to support Authors4Veterans because I’ve been doing something similar for two Fisher Houses in Washington state since 2013. In 2018, we’re adding a third Fisher House that recently opened and I’m so excited about that! The Fisher House is an amazing organization that does so much for military families from offering a place to stay during medical treatments, to getting plane tickets for family members in times of emergency, to providing scholarships… plus so many other things!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you live? Do you have one of those day-jobs?
I was born on the east coast but have lived all but the first 18 months of my life in the West—California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington. I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three children, dogs, and cats. My hobbies include reading, animal rescue, and sending care packages to deployed service members.
I write sweet contemporary romance. I’m also an independent consultant for Thirty-One Gifts (I’m addicted to bags, totes, and purses!)
What is your latest release and share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?
My latest release is called Jenny and is a standalone story in the Beach Brides series. Part of the book is set in Berry Lake, Washington where a new series of mine will be set. It’s fictional, but I used two towns I’ve visited (and don’t live that far from) in the Columbia Gorge to create it.
Do you write military characters in your books? If so, how did you research them?
I do write military characters in some of my stories. Jenny features a hero who is an Army Ranger. I usually rely on friends to answer my research questions. Some are veterans or current servicemembers. Others are friends/family of friends. I also take advantage of the public relation phone numbers I find on websites. When I was writing Jenny, I spoke to two different military hospitals to make sure what I’d plotted out was plausible.
Do you have anything you would like to say to our members of the military and their families?
What you do is so important. Thank you for your service and the sacrifices you and your family make for all of us.
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