Toni L. Meilleur

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     I have been a resident of Michigan for the last fifteen years. In between my job as a Personal Trainer and my writing, I love to do theatre. I serve on the board of my theatre group as well as perform. I must admit since my singing leaves much to be desired, most of my roles are relegated to dancing.
     I also fancy myself am extremely amateur photographer as well as a clothes, shoes, and accessory addict. I love writing and have been writing since I was eleven, but only in recent years did I seek to get published.

Q: Out of all the characters in your books, which one comes closest to your personality?

A: I would have to say Lyra. Lyra is fiercely independent but at the same time knows when to concede she needs help. She is also a little heavy on the sarcasm, which is a major aspect to my personality but at the same time she is a very giving person.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do?

A: I'm going to avoid saying writing because that's obvious. But one of my favorite things to do is get my friends together and go dancing. It not only burns calories but it does relieve stress.

Q: What is the hardest thing about writing?

A: Realizing that my brain works faster than my fingers. So many words and ideas just seem to tumble out of my brain I can't seem to get them down fast enough when I'm on a roll. Then there are those times when I am nowhere near my computer and I get a great idea for a continuing chapter and I know it will be hours before I can write it down. That is torture.

Q: You seem to love Alpha males. Is that really the type of male you are attracted to?

A: Oh, to answer this will probably set women back about 100 years! Just kidding, the truth is I have a very strong personality so I definitely have to have an Alpha male as a counterpart. It's the only way to balance out the relationship.

Q: What is your writing day like?

A: Generally I wait until I wind down for the day. After taking care of all errands and conflicts for the day, I then settle down to write. This is how the creativity flows for me. I first reread the last chapter and decide if I want to go with that train of thought or throw in some new flavor. After every page, I reread to make sure I am getting everything down the way I want it. I usually try to do no more than two chapters for each writing session because I want to keep the dialogue and ideas fresh.

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