If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

September 11, 2014

Right now, I have a day job – I work as the business manager for my family’s business. The business runs conferences and does the administration for a number of not-for-profit organisations. I dream of the day my books will be my living, however I know that right now, I …

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What are you working on at the minute?

September 4, 2014

This is a timely question as the Chapter Book Challenge Lite is just beginning. I’ve got a few ideas buzzing around in my head right now, just need need settle on the one to focus on this month, as well as promoting my crowdfunding project. One idea is turning a …

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Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

August 28, 2014

The number of words I aim for depends on what I’m working on. The only time I really have a daily goal is during the Chapter Book Challenge. I use a website called and aim to write a chapter a day of at least 750 each day. This way, …

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How much research do you do?

August 21, 2014

The amount of research I do depends on the story I’m writing. For most flash fiction pieces, I do minimal research, however for my fractured fairy tales in Teapot Tales, I did read a lot of fairy tales. For Swallow Me, NOW! I did quite a bit of research about bullying, even …

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What were you like at school?

August 14, 2014

I was pretty quiet at school and a bit of a book nerd. When you consider I read Gone with the Wind in class during Year 7, that might be a bit of a clue. I went to seven primary schools in two different countries, and one high school. Moving around …

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Have you ever hated something you wrote?

August 7, 2014

At the time, yes, I have. There have been some stories that I thought were great at the time, and now not so much. I recently found a file that had a number of stories I had written years ago. Some of them I had hated at the time, but …

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover