Wednesday, March 12, 2014

5 Secrets (What No One Knows About My Book)

Our guest author today is Melissa Keir, who is going to share some tidbits about the writing of her book that no one knows--until today.

Melissa Keir has always wanted to be an author when she wasn’t hoping for a career as a race car driver.  Her love of books was instilled by her mother and grandparents who were avid readers. She’d often sneak books away from them so that she could fantasize about those strong alpha males and plucky heroines.  In middle school and high school, Melissa used to write sappy love poems and shared them with her friends and still has those poems today! In college her writing changed to sarcastic musings on life as well as poems with a modern twist on fairy tales and won awards for her writing. You can find many of these musings along with her latest releases on her website and blog. 
As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing.  She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America, Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter, and EPIC.  She is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. 

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time.  She’s always keeping busy.  Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature happy endings and is often seen plotting her next story.


1. Back in the day (and some current) school districts required teachers to sign a morality clause. This would allow schools to fire teachers for simple things such as being seen out at the soda fountain with a single man yet without a chaperone.
Honestly, I’d have been in trouble. I’ve always had more male friends than female ones.

2. I used to own a leather teddy that was only straps. It was the hardest outfit to put on or take off for any adventures. I often had red chafe marks on my back and eventually got rid of it. So I had to write the horrible outfit into the story.
Not a very sexy look either as you try to get in and out of it! Can you say turn off?

3. I originally went to college for nursing because I never wanted children but after my own children came along, I quickly changed my mind. I’ve taught every grade from preschool through middle school for the last six years.
I don’t have a favorite grade level. There’s something about each that you fall in love with.

4. Chalkboards are pretty much non-exhistant in schools these days. White boards replaced chalkboards about fifteen years ago. The white boards use dry erase markers to write with. An eraser is still needed to get rid of the writing, however, simple water will do. The dry erase markers come in a variety of colors which makes writing more interesting. Now technology has taken over with the use of whiteboards and computer softwear will eliminate the dry-erase whiteboards over time.
However, unlike my previous teachers, I don’t end up with chalk dust handprints on my pants, just blue marker ink on my hands and sometimes clothes.

5. I married the father of one of my students. We didn’t date until the school year was over. While my school didn’t have a problem with it, other teachers in the district did. I sat through a horrible confrontation one afternoon that almost had me quit teaching forever.

The story was fiction but our relationship does show that it happens…probably more than we think about. In fact, we’re still married after eight years and he’s my perfect man.


Lauren Walsh, a divorcee and elementary teacher, wanted to feel sexy again, after her ex tossed her aside for a younger woman. Her teaching partner and best friend encouraged her to sign up for The Playhouse--a renowned dating agency.

Mac Thomas remained trapped in a marriage to a money grubbing socialite. Forced to stay away from his young son, Mac lost the ability to trust. After the death of his wife, he returned to care for his son but his sister wants more for him. She sets him up with The Playhouse.

Passion ignites but Mac’s a parent of one of Lauren’s students. A teacher and a parent dating could cost Lauren her job and her chance at happiness. Will Mac be able to convince the school and Lauren, that love is the most important thing?

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Thanks for checking out Melissa and her secrets. If you have any comments or questions Melissa will be around to answer them today.
And don’t forget to check back next Thursday to find out even more author secrets about their book. 


  1. Thank you Beverly for having me stop by. I'd love to hear what people think about the secrets!

  2. Fun interview, Melisa. Loved the excerpt.

  3. Also being a teacher I can imagine the confrontation you had between other teachers about you dating a parent - even though the student wasn't yours. I've known some extremely narrow-minded teachers.

    1. It's funny that my boss didn't have a problem with it but teachers did. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Loved the post, Melissa. The book sounds fascinating and I'm adding it to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Sandy. I'd love to hear what you think when you do read it.

  5. I didn't know you call your principal a 'boss'. Or were you referring to the super?
    I'm glad you didn't let the other teachers shame you into leaving. Oh, you would have made a great jockey if speed racing didn't work out.

    1. I do call him my boss. He has the say to hire and fire me. More so than anyone else. Maybe because it's a public charter school and no union.

  6. Those other teachers ought to be flogged. Geez. What happened to mind your own biz?

    1. They thought I was shaming the school. I agree and gave them my two cents. Although I was hurt, I didn't let them rule my life and kept my relationship and job.

  7. "The story was fiction but our relationship does show that it happens…probably more than we think about." << Yes, it does.

    I was a teacher/principal (now retired), and I married a school board member. It was remarriage for me, first for him. I moved into this community to teach, so I was "fresh blood" and brought 3 kids into the school. Everyone was happy with it. *shrugging* You never know how people will react.

    My sister-in-law married the dad of one of her students. My teacher-cousin married her superintendent. ;-)

    1. Thanks Kaye. I think that's why my boss was okay with things. She married her boss (the principal) at her building.

      Teachers are people and we deserve to find love. Since we spend so much time at school and with our school families, it's pretty obvious that feelings can develop! I'm glad to hear that your marriage worked out wonderfully!

  8. Nice post, Melissa! You went from wanting no kids to having your own and welcoming your husband's into your life as well. Just goes to show what we think we know about ourselves and our futures.

    1. I agree Jill. It's funny how much we change over time! I'm glad to say that I have twenty children this year with my class of kindergartners. They <3 fill my heart!