Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Traveller by Melissa Delport‏


Wife, mother of 3, businesswoman by day and author by night, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Series and Rainfall. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelors Degree in English in 2000. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, South Africa.

Her first novel, The Legacy, published in 2013, is the first in The Legacy Series trilogy, and is followed by the sequel The Legion. The final book, The Legend is due out in 2014. She has also written an independent novel entitled Rainfall, a psychological romance, and a science-fiction, action-adventure called The Traveler.

An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop “watching from the sidelines” and to do what is her passion.

“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days, it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”

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Seven years ago, Rachel gave her heart to a dark, intense stranger, who left her broken and alone.

Every day since then Rachel has thought about Dex, her memories refusing to be silenced.

Now, Dex is back, but this time he is not alone. He has brought a formidable army – their sole purpose to conquer. Fate will bring Rachel and Dex back together, but on opposing sides of a war that threatens to obliterate her world.

Pitted against the power of the elements, Rachel and her friends must survive tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes and fire, all the while being hunted by a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to pillage her planet.

Fleeing for her life amidst the chaos of a raging, burning city, Rachel realizes man’s only chance of survival lies in the hands of the very person who betrayed her all those years ago.

Earth is destined to fall, but Rachel is determined to save mankind, no matter the sacrifice.


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
I had the idea about a year ago, but I had to put it on the back burner for a few months as I had other writing commitments that required my attention. When I finally started, I was thrilled with the result - the story came together exactly as I had imagined.

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
Six months.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
Positive feedback, and connecting with people such as yourself. I also love helping aspiring authors and sharing tips and ideas with others. Of course, there is nothing that beats a good review, it’s the ultimate high for any writer.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
The physiotherapy bills! Writing takes its toll on your body, and your eyesight. Wrist, neck and back pain is a common problem, as are headaches from spending too many hours looking at the screen. It’s a small price to pay though, for doing what you love.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
 Ian Somerhalder’s love interest – I don’t care who she is, or whether she’s famous.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I had to check! A jar of pickled onions that had expired. I threw them out, thanks for the heads up!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
Lots! My publisher is re-releasing The Legacy Series in July 2014, and the final book in Jan/Feb 2015. In the meantime, I hope to release The Traveler sequel late 2014 and am concurrently working on a new fantasy series.

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