Interview with Melanie Dickerson & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Melanie Dickerson & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word

Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama.

She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany and the Eastern European country of Ukraine.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama.

For more, visit her at


Savanna:   Welcome to the blog, Melanie. We’re so glad you could join us today. Congratulations on your upcoming release, The Golden Braid. I can’t wait to read it!

Interview with Melanie Dickerson & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordMany readers enjoy picking their favorite quotes from novels. Do YOU have a particular favorite quote from The Golden Braid that you can share with us?

Melanie:  Thanks, Savanna!

Taken out of context, this quote might sound cheesy, but it’s my favorite from The Golden Braid:

Instantly, a song rose inside her and she began to sing. She sang new words, a new song to God, in praise of his hope and his unfailing love. When she had sung for several minutes, she stopped and whispered, “I will never sing for Mother again, but I will sing to you, God, as long as I have hope.”

Savanna:  That’s beautiful. I love stories that show characters worshiping God.

Interview with Melanie Dickerson & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordYou’ve written several medieval fairy tale re-tellings. What was your favorite fairy tale when you were a child?

Melanie:  My favorite Disney fairy tale movie was Sleeping Beauty, but as I got older, my favorite fairy tale was Beauty and the Beast.

Savanna:  I think that’s one of my favorites too. After all, that library! 😉

If you could go back to any place in time and meet anyone, where would you go and who would it be?

Melanie:  Jesus, of course. Seeing him and talking with him would be far more amazing than anything, ever. But I’d also like to meet Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte and see England.

Savanna:  What do you love most about your home state of Alabama?

Interview with Melanie Dickerson & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordMelanie:  The people are friendly and easy-going and down to earth. And I would most definitely miss all the trees! I drove through Oklahoma once and was very sad for those people because there were so few trees! In Alabama, trees are everywhere. If you didn’t cut your front lawn, in a few months you’d have little trees growing all over it.

I love trees, but I do want to say that Alabamians are not afraid to cut them down and saw them up for paper. Trees grow back fast here! Trust me, environmentalists. No worries.

Savanna:  Haha! I love trees too. You have some different ones than we have here in Missouri. I enjoy seeing the variety.

You’ve won multiple writing awards. What has been one of the greatest lessons and/or fondest memories from participating in these contests?

Interview with Melanie Dickerson & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordMelanie:  Just seeing my friends smiling and looking so happy for me. It was very touching. And also getting to know other writers who were nominated and realizing what great people they are. I know I am in good company among Christian writers.

Savanna:  I’m so happy you could join us today, Melanie. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us? Any upcoming projects?

Melanie:  In addition to The Golden Braid, my Rapunzel retelling, I am coming out in February with a Regency romance, A Spy’s Devotion, which in addition to being a romantic suspense, is also an homage to Jane Austen. And in May The Beautiful Pretender releases, which is a sequel to The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest and a mash-up retelling of Princess and the Pea and Beauty and the Beast. Right now I’m writing a sequel to The Merchant’s Daughter, a Little Mermaid retelling.

Savanna:  I think every book of yours is on my TBR List now! 😉 Happy writing!


Melanie has graciously offered to give away one hardcover copy of The Golden Braid to one lucky winner. Enter below and the book could be yours! ;)

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open to U. S. residents only and ends November 24, 2015.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

56 comments on “Interview with Melanie Dickerson & GIVEAWAY
  1. Rachelle Rea says:

    Such a fun interview! I’m looking forward to those next books of yours, Melanie. 🙂

  2. Katy says:

    I love Melanie’s comment about trees! I’m from KS but live in SC now. One of the things I love about going home is that I can actually see out!
    Looking forward to checking out Melanie’s books!

  3. Pam K. says:

    I always give Melanie’s books to my daughter for her birthday and Christmas. Having The Spy’s Devotion coming out in February messes that up but I’m sure we’ll work it out somehow. We are big fans of Melanie’s fairy tale books. I’m looking forward to reading her Regency book as well, since I enjoy romantic suspense.

  4. Brooke Robinson says:

    I absolutely LOVE all of your books!! You are definitely my favorite author! The Christian/realistic twist on the classic fairy tales is genius! So entertaining, and my favorite part is that they are all connected! Can’t wait to see what comes next 😀

  5. Melanie Backus says:

    Thank you for a great interview! I don’t know whether you remember or not, Melanie, but you and I met at the RT convention back in the spring. We discussed our names and what a great book they came from. You are such a sweet lady and have a wonderful smile that you give freely. Thank you for this fabulous giveaway.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That’s so neat that you got to meet and visit with Melanie in person! 😉 It’s hard to forget those visits with your favorite authors, huh? Glad you could swing by, Melanie. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Kim Villalva says:

    I can’t wait to check out this book!! Wow!! What a great character!

    Melanie, I met you a few years back in Ohio for a Writer’s Conference. You were our keynote speaker! 🙂

  7. Bonnie Roof says:

    I so enjoyed the interview and learning more about Melanie and her writing – thank you, Melanie and Savanna!!

    I haven’t read any of Melanie’s books, and would love to begin by reading ‘The Golden Braid’ – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Bonnie! Well then, we need to get a book of Melanie’s in your hands, don’t we? 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed our little chat. I always appreciate you taking the time to visit. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friend!

  8. Kathryn Voss says:

    I’ve always loved Beauty and the Beast. When it first came out, I spend every night over Christmas break watching it over and over.

    Melanie’s book looks great! I love the cover!!!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Yes! Just talking about it here makes me want to go back and watch it again. 😉 Thanks so much for swinging by and commenting, Kathryn. Good luck to you!

  9. Loraine N. says:

    My favorite fairy tale when I was growing up was Robin Hood because of the Disney animated movie. My mom even made me a dress with those characters on it. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  10. Connie Saunders says:

    I loved Cinderella as a little girl but I have since come to appreciate Beauty and the Beast. I look forward to reading The Golden Braid.
    Thanks for this interview and giveaway.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Ah, yes, Cinderella. One of my early favorites as well. How can you not love Cinderella, right? Thanks for visiting, Connie! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. carylkane says:

    Melanie, congratulations on your release of THE GOLDEN BRAID! I am so excited. This was a fun interview. 🙂

  12. Joan Arning says:

    I remember Rapunzel from my childhood! The Golden Braid sounds good!

  13. Laurie Bergh says:

    My favorite fairytale story as a child was Rapunzel .

  14. Love this! “Instantly, a song rose inside her and she began to sing. She sang new words, a new song to God, in praise of his hope and his unfailing love.” So true.
    I have always teased my husband about The Princess and the Pea ~ definitely fits me, if somethings off kilter I can tell.
    Pick me, Pick me. 😀 Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  15. Anne Payne says:

    I read Noela Nancarrow’s review of this book over at Overcoming with God and I was hooked! Can’t wait to read this one.

    Regency is my favorite genre, so I will be keeping my eyes on the lookout for A Spy’s Devotion! 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Anne! Yeah, some great reviews are already coming in. Love seeing that! Hope you get to read this one soon. I love Regency novels as well. 😉 Have a great weekend!

  16. kim amundsen says:

    Love the interview.

  17. Annie JC says:

    Great interview! That’s actually my fave quote from the book too! Love it! Savanna, I’ll be using your rafflecopter to tweet about this interview and giveaway, but no need to enter me into the giveaway. I already have a copy. Good luck to all! It’s a great one!

  18. Annie JC says:

    OK, forget what I said. I thought there’s a tweet button! Heheh.

  19. Brenda Arrington says:

    I loved the interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Heather Olsen says:

    Cinderella has always been my favorite fairy tale.

  21. Amanda T. says:

    Great interview. I would love to read The Golden Braid.

  22. Trixi says:

    First off, let me share some author love for Melanie….squuueeeeeeeeeeeee!! Ok, now that I have that out of my way, I’m so excited to read this author interview today! I have two of your books on my shelf “The Captive Maiden” & “The Huntress of Thronbeck Forest” (as of yet-to-be-read). All the reviews I’ve seen and blog posts on any of your books is so positive that I can’t wait to delve into the stories for myself 🙂 I loved fairy tales as a kid (think Disney movies) so having some “grown-up” ones would be fantastic! I enjoyed your favorite quote from “The Golden Braid” because God does put a song in our hearts sometimes. I know for me, worship is a HUGE part of who I am in Christ. It really connects me more intimately to His heart & puts my mind on Him alone. Such communion with my God & King 🙂 Your quote already makes me want to read this story, win or no win!
    Savanna what can I say that hasn’t already been said 🙂 I SO appreciate all the authors you interview. Your questions are insightful & delightful to read. To answer the Rafflecopter question: my favorite fairy tale is Sleeping Beauty or Snow White (hard to choose!). I guess because as a little girl, I wanted a dashing hero to come rescue me…haha!! And a kiss from such 😀 Thankfully, God granted me my own real life hero in my husband (awwwwwww). Thanks for taking time to come interview Melanie and for bringing us a fabulous writer Savanna! Blessings to you both!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hahaha, Trixi! You crack me up! 🙂 Feel free to share “author love” here whenever you want. That’s what this blog is all about! I can’t wait for you to read Melanie’s books soon. I’m sure you’ll love them. 🙂

      I was just like you growing up… who doesn’t dream of her dashing hero to come rescue her, with love’s true kiss?! 🙂 So happy to hear God brought your real life hero to you! Hubbies are the best! 😉

      Take care and talk to you more soon, I hope! Have a great weekend!

  23. Merry says:

    I always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast!

  24. Beth says:

    I recently read the Healer’s Apprentice and I am already hooked on your books! You had such a great combination of intrigue, innocence, and growing faith.

  25. Amanda says:

    My older sister loves Melanie Dickerson’s books–I’ve yet to read them, but the idea behind them intrigues me. 🙂

  26. Linda Moffitt says:

    Thanks for the giveaway looks like a great read. Cinderella was My favorite Fairy Tale because She was Rescued and ended up Happy with a Great Life

  27. Melissa Romine says:

    I live in Alabama, so I was excited to hear about a Christian fiction author from here. I have The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, but have not yet read it. I won it in an auction at my children’s school and have it on my TBR shelf.
    I’m sure I’ll just HAVE to read Melanie’s other books once I read this one!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      How fun, Melissa! We’re so glad you could join us. 🙂 I too have The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest and am hurrying to read it soon! That’s so cool you won yours at an auction! Happy Reading!

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