Welcome back, Melanie. Why did you become an author?
I’ve enjoyed dreaming up story ideas and keeping a journal since I was a child.
When I was nine, I typed out my “autobiography” (it was only a few paragraphs J) and eventually went to college for journalism. After a few years working in public relations, I felt as if God was prompting me to pursue my dream to write fiction. It took seven years—and multiple manuscripts—before my first novel was published. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue writing down the ideas that spark in my mind and heart.
If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Probably an archeologist or history professor. A job where I’m continually learning new things and visiting new places.
If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
I don’t think I would want to live during another time, but my daughter is planning to invent a time travel machine when she grows up. I’m planning to borrow it and travel back to the time of Christ so I can sit at His feet and learn. Then I’ll journey forward through the centuries, stopping along the way to meet a long list of people and experience firsthand their stories of sacrifice, courage, and adventure.
That sounds like the beginning of a novel to me. What place in the
have you not visited
that you would like to? United States
One of my dreams has always been to explore
Montana! Our family just
got back from a week kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming in . It was an amazing
experience. Glacier National Park
How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
I’ve always wanted to visit
New Zealand. About fifteen years
ago, my husband accepted a job there, north of Auckland, and we shipped over our things.
Right before we left, we received a phone call that the company’s contract fell
through so our things came back via boat, and Jon took a job in
instead. One day we’ll go! Berlin, Germany
I’ve always wanted to go to
Australia and . What
lesson has the Lord taught you recently? New Zealand
1 Chronicles 28 says: “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” I’ve been so encouraged by this verse recently as the Lord has been showing me that if I am faithful to do the work that He’s given me to the best of my ability, I don’t have to be anxious or discouraged at the sometimes seemingly overwhelming size of these writing or editing tasks.
Tell us about the featured book.
Enchanted Isle is a historical mystery and love story inspired by an amusement park that I loved as a child. Sadly this park is now abandoned but the wonder and beauty of it is still very much alive in my mind.
As I began crafting this story, I visited
England’s Lake District, near the border of Scotland,
and I quickly realized that this magical, rugged land of lakes and fells,
legends and lore, would be the perfect location for Enchanted Isle. And so I
began to build my park on an island there, each ride inspired by the legends
and beauty of the sea.
The story begins in the spring of 1958 as Jenny Winter embarks on a two-month adventure to a quaint village in the
District. Adrian Kemp, a handsome and enigmatic local, makes the
sightseeing even more beguiling—and he invites Jenny into one of the area’s
most enduring legends.
shows Jenny his late father’s abandoned dream, a deserted island amusement
park, she glimpses a kindred spirit in this reckless, haunted young man. Yet as
she opens her heart to Adrian,
the two stumble into a labyrinth of mystery leading back a generation to an
unforgettable romance and an unsolved murder that still casts a shadow over the
lakes. As long-held secrets come to light, it’s left to Jenny and Adrian to put
the past to rest and restore a lost dream.
I just finished reading the book last week. Please give us the first page of the book for my blog readers.
Gilbert Kemp whistled as he trekked down the steep hill to Windermere, whistled as he circled the water’s edge toward the boathouse. Not that he was happy about retrieving his older brother from the park tonight— Simon should have been home hours ago—but earlier this evening, Liz had said yes. Yes, she would marry him and stay here in this district of lakes. Yes, she loved him, just as he loved her.
The thought of Liz leaving for
America had completely wrecked him,
but now, with a simple question, everything had changed. They would be married
in the spring, along these daffodil-spiked banks of this lake.
A sound—the trill of a tawny owl—echoed through the beech trees along the bank. He glanced across the sparks of starlight on Windermere’s surface, toward the island where Simon Kemp and Curtis Sloan had sparked their own version of magic. An amusement park that thrived in
as the economy struggled to recover from its depression.
Most of the rides were hidden back in the trees, but he could see the light from the Torrid Typhoon, a wooden roller coaster that peaked above the forest and then plunged down toward the water, the cars surfing through the waves of trees.
Tonight the park had closed for the season, most of the summer visitors returning home after their holiday, but his brother was still on the island. Maria, Simon’s wife, was worried and for good reason. Simon’s behavior had been odd the past month, even for an eccentric man. His park was making money, hand over fist it seemed, but paranoia had begun to plague him. Several nights ago, he’d even told Maria that Curtis was stealing from them.
Tomorrow, he’d take Simon to a doctor over in Kendal. The man, he suspected, would tell his brother to hibernate during the winter season. Then Simon would return to his typical eccentric self when he and Curtis reopened their park next spring.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love to connect with readers! The best places to find me online are at on my website (www.melaniedobson.com) or on my Facebook author page (www.facebook.com/MelanieDobsonFiction/).
Thank you, Melanie, for sharing this book with me and my readers. I loved reading it. The well-defined characters with different personalities and quirks really interested me. The setting shone through the happenings, giving me a feeling that I was there in the Lakes District, too. And I always love a romance and a mystery in the book. With this one we had a few bonuses.
Readers, here are links to the book.Enchanted Isle - Christianbook.com
Enchanted Isle - Amazon
Enchanted Isle - Kindle
Enchanted Isle - Audio Book
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