Today I'm very happy to plug a fellow writer —and friend— Melanie Ting . She's authored some of my favorite hockey stories, including Fresh Air and How the Cookie Crumbles . Mel's climbing up the Amazon sales charts; if you haven't read her work yet, do yourself a favor and check her out! Mel took the time to talk to me about her writing and latest novel, her love of hockey, and of course, cats: What motivates you as a writer? What inspires you? I would say that real life inspires me. I love hearing the stories behind the athletes. When you read about a hockey player who struggled for years, undrafted and unwanted, before he made it to the NHL, that’s inspiring. Or if he’s just hot, well that’s inspiring in a different way. I also use things that happen to me in real life, as well as real people. In fact, if some of my friends read my novels, they’d probably kill me … slowly. But luckily, nobody I know likes hockey romances.