Interview with Dr. Melissa Dymond, Author of Holiday Star

09 Nov 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Holiday Star?

I was reading an article about a man who does TV documentaries. It mentioned that he was the cousin of a famous American celebrity. That got me thinking about all of the stars and how they often come from non-famous families. I pictured what their Christmas must look like. I thought about how strange it must be to say, “Aunt Jennifer Anniston is coming over,” but for them, it’s not weird because that’s their family member. That scenario turned into my Christmas celebrity romance novel, Holiday Star.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Holiday Star, what would they be?

Dandelion by Ruth B.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I love to read and write romance with lots of swoon.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the scene where Caleb kisses Gwen for the first time because it’s when he finally steps up and claims his feelings for her.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

My motto is no reader left behind. This is why I wrote two versions of my book. I have a spicy version with explicit language and sex scenes and a sweet version with no language and kissing only. I want ALL of my readers to feel comfortable.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I want readers to remember that it’s ok to be perfectly imperfect. That even when people seem flawless from the outside, like Caleb being a famous movie star, we are all struggling on the inside. We are all striving to be the best version of ourselves and a good relationship is one where your partner helps you grow into the person you want to be. This is what Gwen and Caleb do for each other.


Dr. Melissa Dymond is the author of the new book Holiday Star

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