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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Five (plus one) Questions: Meline Nadeau

Today, we have award-winning producer and upcoming romance writer Meline Nadeau!
Name: Méline Nadeau
www.melinenadeau.com
Blogs - http://www.melinenadeau.com/blog.html/ AND http://melinenadeau.wordpress.com
Twitter - @MelineNadeau
Facebook - www.facebook.com/MelineNadeauAuthor

Bio:
Méline Nadeau is an award winning writer and television producer. Her written work has been published by a variety of national news and entertainment sources including The Ottawa Sun, The Kingston Whig Standard, and Urban Male Magazine. She has produced multiple television series for networks such as CMT Canada, Teletoon and Cosmopolitan TV, to name just a few.

Méline hails from Ottawa, Canada where she studied Print Journalism and she holds a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.

With over 15 years of writing and broadcasting experience, Méline has won awards both for her work in television and for her fiction – a Bronze Broadcast Design Award for a spot she produced for Scream, Corus Entertainment's horror network, a Gemini nomination for the Lonestar Live And UpFront special she produced for CMT and three Golden Opportunity Awards (2005, 2007 and 2009).

Méline’s work has taken her all over Canada, the US and the Caribbean where she has produced interviews and TV shows featuring celebrities, designers and musicians as varied as Kris Kristofferson, Marc Jacobs, 50 Cent and Jon Bon Jovi. She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles where she enjoys photography, yoga and spending time with her husband, screenwriter, Russ Cochrane, and infant daughter, Chloë Echo.



Current Project:
My debut novel, Hot Off the Press, was released by Crimson Romance June 4, 2012. It’s available in eBook format and in paperback on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1440546029/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

And my most recent novel, Death by Design: A Crime of Fashion, has just finaled in the Toronto Romance Writers’ 2012 Catherine Contest. It’s off to Leis Pederson of Berkley Books who is the final round judge for the contest’s romantic suspense category.


What do you do other than writing, and what has it taught you that you can use in writing?
I am a TV producer. As such I’m involved in the inception of a TV show from the idea stage all the way to its packaging and broadcast. Most days producers are the first to arrive and the last to leave. Our job is to make sure everything goes well and to have an answer and a solution to any and all problems. If we do our jobs right, everything goes off without a hitch. When we don’t, all hell breaks loose. Producing has taught me to organize my time, calmly plug away at the task at hand and to deal with all kinds of egos and personalities – all things that come in handy when I’m dealing with fictional characters that have minds of their own and a WIP that’s taking over all my spare time.


What was the best job you had before you decided to write professionally?
I’ve been a freelance writer and TV producer for close to 15 years and I’ve had a lot of amazing jobs during that time. Some of my favorites include producing a daily entertainment show for CMT Canada and meeting huge country stars like Reba, Glen Campbell and Keith Urban, shooting Cosmopolitan’s Bikini Bash in South Beach Miami for a weekly show I produced for them (I know, it's a hard life) and covering New York Fashion Week for Fashion Television.


What is your worst writing fear?
Every time I start a new book I worry I’ve completely forgotten how to write and that I won’t be able to write anything worthwhile.


What was the very first book you read in the genre you write in?
The first romance novels I read were Angélique Books, a series of 13 French historical romance-adventure books by the novelist duo Anne and Serge Golon. Angélique was a young, beautiful heroine who wasn’t afraid to fight for what she wanted. I spent a summer reading them when I was about 13 or 14 years old.


If you could write with anyone, in any format of writing, who would it be and what project would you propose?
I would love to write a series of fun, light murder mysteries with Janet Evanovich and I would kill to have any kind of job on one of Joss Whedon’s TV shows. I’d happily fetch him coffee and be at his beck and call if it meant I could be around him to witness his amazing mind at work.


And the Plus One:
What is one question you wish someone would ask but no one has, and what's the answer?

I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and no one’s asked me if becoming a mother has changed my writing. The answer is, yes. Now when I write, I always do so with her in mind and I try to imagine how she’ll react to my words, once she’s old enough to read them. I want to write books she’ll enjoy. But most of all, becoming a mum has made me more determined than ever to become a successful writer so I can work from home and be there for her every step of the way.

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Thank you so much Meline! You know, I think I'm right with you on working with Joss Whedon--given the chance, I'd do about anything he needed me to do, just for the experience of being there!
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If you're a writer and you'd like to be featured in Five (plus one) Questions, contact me at pirategirljack at gmail dot com and we'll see what we can do!

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