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Author Melisa Ruscsak

 Author Melisa Ruscsak

Born In 1982, a native to Lorain Ohio, Melisa grew up living with her grandparents Frances and James Lasure. She attended Clearview High School as well as Lorain County J.V.S. While in J.V.S she attended the Culinary Arts program graduating in 2001.
 
In 2011 near tragedy struck as Melisa’s health began to decline. By summer of 2011 she would need to use a cane to get around. Suffering a stroke she required a craniotomy where she suffered her second stroke. Leaving her with a partial impairment of her speech, and weakness on her right side.  After surgery she would need to learn not only to walk again, but speak as well as recognize the alphabet. 
 
In 2003 she welcomed the addition of her daughter Chyenne. Who inspired her to start to put her dreams to paper. A story she wrote after her daughter’s birth, although not published, became the stepping stone to everything else she would eventually write.

Two years later in the fall of 2013 after a divorce, she would meet the man who would push her not only to fight to regain her physical strength  but to put her creative mind to work. No longer allowing her to dwell on what she could no longer do but what she could.
 
In December of 2014 they would marry. With determination Melisa would walk down the aisle without the need of a cane.
 
A year later she would begin to write “Of Lite and Darke” Dreaming to see this work through to publishing, even if she would need to publish it herself.
 
In 2016 she would see her dream come true. With her daughter as her editor “Of Lite and Darke” was born.

https://www.facebook.com/OfLiteAndDarke 

https://twitter.com/M_L_Ruscsak

 

Questions –

1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author? 
I never really gave it a thought. it was My husband who saw the potential and urged me to write my first novel.
2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books? 
My first book took about a year. The second only a few months. However the third seems to be taking me forever. 
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing? 
I write when I can. It could be 8 am or 1 in the morning. It all depends on what i have going on around me.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 
According to my husband when I’m really into what I am writing I will curl up in the seat and wiggle my toes.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books? 
For my I love things about royalty, Fairies and the like. So I write what I read up to a point.  
6. When did you write your first book? 
My first manuscript was written in 2002 never releasedHowever, My first novel was written in 2015- 2016
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing? 
I raise chickens, play video games as I can. With my medical history the controllers don’t always work for me. Read, bake. The usual I guess. 
8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing? 
They are all very supportive. Most one at leas tone version of my books.
9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book? 
Putting yourself out there is scary but so worth it. The feeling that you get after you hit that send button, or do your fist interview … there is nothing like it. 
10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite? 
I have currently written 2 for the same series “Of Lite and Darke” Book one being “The New Reign” Which is currently in 5 languages. And book two “The Fallen” that will be out at midnight on Black Friday 2017. Of the two I love the second book so much more then the first. Don’t get me wrong because I do love my first book, the second you see that have found my story voice. 
11. What do you think makes a good story? 
For me it’s not knowing where the author is going. 
12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books? 
I sit on my couch with my desktop next to me and just type. Sometimes what I write out makes it into my books some times not. But it’s my go to writing spot. 

 

 

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