Author Feature: Melodie Campbell

In The Goddaughter Does Vegas, Gina Gallo is a mob goddaughter who doesn’t want to be one. She’s left her loopy family behind to elope with Pete to Vegas. Except that eloping may be a mortal sin in an Italian family. Between that and some weird deliveries and suitors, Gina’s nerves are frayed. Vegas is full of great acts, but one impersonation is real: Gina has a crime-committing double whose activities are making Gina front-page news. Gina has to track down this fiendish fraud before the police catch up with her. And, of course, cousin Nico is along for the ride.

Another madcap adventure for the lovable Gallo cousins that proves the rule “Why should things go right when they can go wrong?”

What is the best surprise you had in the process of writing this book?

That I could turn a truly awful personal experience into a very funny book! Two years ago, my Amazon account was hacked. It was a nightmare. But that gave me the idea for The Goddaughter Does Vegas, where first her Amazon account is hacked, and then Gina’s whole identity is stolen! When life gives you lemons…write books from the experience.

Do you know who you would want to play your protagonist in a movie?

Me. Oh wait. I’m too old : )

What question would you pose to readers of your book?

What would you do if you were Gina? You’re supposed to love and support your family, but what if your family was this one?

Is there a question that a reader has asked you that surprised you or stood out to you?

Have you ever met a member of the mob? (Oh yes, I get asked that all the time!) Short Answer: Yes. Long Answer: I had to wait until certain relatives died before I could write these books. ‘Nuff said.

What types of conversations do you hope will come out of your book?

I write comedies, so my hope is that people reading my book will have great fun and be inspired to keep reading all sorts of books for enjoyment. That’s what I want. To help reluctant readers discover the love of reading, as I did.

The Goddaughter Does Vegas is available now!

Melodie Campbell is the award-winning author of several works of fiction. Melodie lives in Oakville, Ontario. For more information, visit melodiecampbell.com.

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