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interview with dr. melissa caudle

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#1 What inspired you on this book? 

About eight years ago, I wrote a short film which was produced. I had no idea at the time that people would become fans, but they did. Before I knew it, people were begging me to write the screenplay. So, I did. I wrote The Keystroke Killer, pilot screenplay, with the expectations of getting it produced. I had a serious setback with my health and basically shelved the idea. Then, during my recovery, I just started writing and before I knew it, I had sixty-seven episodes written for television. Whoa! I got a bite on it, got funding, then disaster, my funder died of a heart attack. So, I was back at square one. Then, I was encouraged to turn the screenplays into a novel series. THE KEYSTROKE KILLER: TRANSCENDENCE PART I covers the first thirteen screenplays or if it were a series, Season 1.

The entire inspiration for the book came as a result of that short film.

#2 Why did you want to become a writer? 

I think I’ve always been a writer since I learned how to print my name. I wrote my first book when I was in the seventh grade with my best friend. After that, I just kept writing. I love being able to travel and go places anywhere in the world my mind takes me. I am not bound to the here and now, rather I can time travel and go to outer space. That’s why I wanted to be a writer.

#3 What was the hardest part of creating this book?

The hardest part for me was two-fold: adapting from screenwriting and editing the final version. I had worked years on the character’s and the plots and had everything down in screenplay format. But, learning how to write like a novelist is like comparing apples to oranges. Although you can each both pieces of fruit, they are nothing alike. It took me awhile to get into learning how to write like a novelist, but I took classes and read just about everything I could.

It only took me two months to write KSK, but it took ten months of editing. Between the focus group and beta readers, from the line/copy editor, I did everything possible to make KSK the best. I think the time was well worth it.

#4 What do you hope people gain from reading it?

Entertainment value and a desire to want more. The novel itself is very dark, twisted and deep and it contains adult situations that portray what happens in today’s society. For example, the darkness of the scenes dealing with the serial killer are dark. I wanted it real. In order to do that, I interviewed four serial killers on death row and six survivors from serial killers. It was difficult to hear and listen, but it needed to be right. So, if people get anything out of this besides the entertainment value, I would hope it would be to step in and help if someone is getting kidnapped or if you suspect someone is involved in sex trafficking. Both of these subjects are hard to take; but are realities. I hope I can open someone’s eyes.

#5 When you were a kid, what were your favorite books? 

As a kid, I loved to read Ray Bradbury and Orson Welles. THE TIME TRAVELOR and WAR OF THE WORLDS have to be my favorite.

#6 What is your advice to people who are not excited about reading?

To me, it goes back to why I wanted to be a writer in the first place. When you read, you’re not trapped in the here and now, or your hometown. You can experience the world from someone else’s perspective. 

#7 Why should we buy your book?

This may sound weird for an author to say, but I wouldn’t say this book is for everyone. If you are faint of heart and have nightmares easily, don’t buy it. But, if you love psychological thrillers, mystery and crime or novels on serial killers, then this one is for you. I’ve been told by my beta readers that THE KEYSTROKE KILLER makes SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and FIFTY SHADES OF GREY look PG. With that said, it is for mature audiences only. It is not recommended for teens or below. I won’t even let my grandchildren read it until they are eighteen.


For a limited time Dr. Mel is offering autographed copies for The Keystroke Killer. 

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American Author Dr. Melissa Caudle Announces a “Meet and Greet” Book Signing Event at the Sheraton Park Resort

A modern visionary and one of the newest authors to come from America, Dr. Melissa Caudle announces an extraordinary opportunity for fans in a “Meet and Greet” book signing event

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Description automatically generatedNew Orleans, LA – April 7, 2017 – American author Dr. Melissa Caudle best known for her novels “Never Stop Running,” and “The Keystroke Killer,” announces an additional stop to her nationwide book signing tour. On April 17, 2019, a “Meet and Greet” book signing event will be held at the Sheraton Park Resort in Anaheim, California. “I’m excited about this additional event to meet with my fans,” she said. “I have known many of them for years and haven’t seen them in a long time,” Caudle said. “I can’t wait for this book signing.” Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. the event offers an opportunity to not only meet with Caudle but also an opportunity for fans to bring their copies of her books for her to autograph. “

Many of my readers purchased their book on Amazon, so I want to give them an opportunity to get them autographed,” Caudle said. “For those readers who purchased eBooks I will have bookmarks on hand that I will giveaway, and I will autograph them if someone wants. But, wait! I also will be giving away in a free raffle an opportunity to dine with me, advanced copies of my new book A.D.A.M., and other merchandise.”

Carol Michaels, an Absolute Author book reviewer said, “Caudle is a masterful author whose books are captivating and brilliantly written.” That is high praise coming from an established reviewer with more than two decades of experience in the publishing field. “I have never witnessed an author whose books consistently launch as the number one new release on Amazon,” Michaels said. “Her style of writing is breathtaking as she uses descriptive narration to bring a reader to a location and dialogue that is authentic. Everything about her writing has the hallmarks of a bestseller.”

Caudle’s first novel, “The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence” also opened with high rankings listed as the forty-fifth bestselling serial killer novel. This book follows Matthew Raymond a private detective, locked into a maze of deceit and deception uncovers the truth of Project Transcendence. A gripping page-turning thriller serial killer novel in the tradition of "The Silence of the Lambs," "Darkly Dreaming Dexter," and "Misery" that demands to be read. One part suspenseful thriller of 'who done it,' one part science fiction and one part sizzling erotica that makes "Fifty Shades of Grey" look PG, "The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence" is an impressive debut for Caudle as she weaves her characters into a dark and twisted journey to uncover a deranged and utterly immoral serial killer who controls a weapon of mass destruction. Set in the backdrops of political corruption and scandal in 2053 New Orleans, the novel follows Matthew a tortured private investigator as he tracks down a violent and dangerous serial killer who is destined to become one of the most genuinely chilling serial killers in fiction. Caudle said, “This book is not for the faint of heart. It is dark, deep and twisted.” (BUY KSK NOW -

In Caudle’s novel, “Never Stop Running,” she combines a suspenseful thriller and the search for truth in regard to past lives and reincarnation in this mind-bending novel in the tradition of “This Body: A Novel of Reincarnation” by Laurel Doud, “Journey of Souls,” by Michael Newton, and Past Lives, “Many Masters” by Brian L. Weiss. The result is a masterful original fiction novel as profound as it is awe inspiring. “Never Stop Running” is a page-turning thriller that begs to be read in a single sitting as this mental time travel spanning centuries and numerous past lives through regression hypnotherapy unfolds. On January 19, 2019, this novel opened as the #1 New Release on Amazon. BUY NSR NOW ON AMAZON -

Caudle’s third novel, “A.D.A.M. The Beginning of New Life,” will launch June 1, 2019, and is available right now on Amazon for a pre-order. “This is one of my favorite novels to date,” Caudle said. “This book is based from an actual scientific finding by Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a NASA astrobiological researcher who discovered a microbe in Mono Lake, California that thrives off arsenic. It was hailed in 2010 by the scientific community as the most "alien" life-form yet: bacteria that reportedly, and unprecedentedly, had rewritten the recipe for DNA. And, the secret ingredient was arsenic. “I took the liberty and jumped out of the box and created a story filled with adventure, a government cover-up and the evolvement of an alien lifeform,” Caudle said. According to Caudle, this novel is in the tradition of the film “The Shape of Water,” as the microbe evolves over the course of seven days. The microbe that Wolfe-Simon discovered has all of the basic DNA constructs as humans. The only difference is that the microbe replaced phosphorus with arsenic. In 2010 when Wolfe-Simon discovered the microbe, the scientific community was challenged with re-defining the definition of an alien lifeform. “What else might be out there?” Wolfe-Simon said in an NBC interview. “What else might we find?” (PRE-ORDER NOW -

This summer in an unexpected twist, Caudle will release “Scary Children’s Campfire Stories,” which she scribed for her seven grandchildren. “I have three daughters and every summer I go on three different camping trips with their families,” Caudle said. “I am the story-teller around the campfire. Over the years, I have made-up dozens of campfire stories around the campfire. My oldest grandson encouraged me to write them down so other families could enjoy them.” 

With a myriad of novels, Caudle is not a one trick author who gives her readers excitement. Her novel that she is currently pinning is a sizzling romance novel called “Secret Romances: A Forbidden Thirst for Love.” Caudle said, “This book is my guilty pleasure. I love the characters and the excitement of romance.” Caudle, with the help of her youngest daughter, created the concept in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. “At first, this was going to be a short story, but as the plot developed, I realized it was more than that. I put it on the back burner until now.” “Secret Romances: A Forbidden Thirst for Love,” debuts this fall.


Dr. Melissa Caudle debuted her novel “Never Stop Running: A Novel on Reincarnation” as the #1 New Release on Amazon. She is best known for her book “The Keystroke Killer Transcendence,” a psychological thriller which took her to death row to interview serial killers. Her books have received five-starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Goodreads and on Amazon. She also writes non-fiction guidebooks for screenwriters on how to create one-pagers, write a logline, write a synopsis and more. She also has a series of adult coloring books called “Abstract Faces.” On April 1, 2019, Caudle released a reference book for authors, “How to Launch and Market a Book,” which is a step-by-step marketing plan for authors. Her blog, “Dr. Mel’s Message,” has more than 125,000 followers where she writes about myriad interests. She enjoys the city life of New Orleans along with her husband Mike and their two sidekicks, a Tuxedo cat named Meow Mix and an American Gray Shorthair named Simone. She retired from a twenty-year career in education after writing a number one best seller on crisis management which took her worldwide as a keynote speaker to educational conferences and entered the film industry where she experimented with various occupations: production assistant, director’s assistant, travel coordinator, script supervisor, screenwriter, and director. However, she left that field in favor of pursuing her lifelong passion for writing. She does her best writing at her beach condo, on cruise ships, or in her sunny-patio-home office overlooking the paradise pool. For more information email her at or visit her website: To keep up with new releases or speaking events sign up for her blog at

Meet and Greet with Dr. Melissa Caudle

Meet and Greet with Dr. Melissa Caudle


Author, Dr. Melissa Caudle Debuts Novel on Halloween


A masterful original novel debut, set in New Orleans, LA in the year 2058 delving into the underbelly of political corruption through the eyes of a grief-stricken private detective after his sister was murdered by a serial killer.



The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence Part I

New Orleans, LA – October 25, 2018 - Dr. Melissa Caudle, Author, has completed her debut novel “The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence Part I”: a science fiction psychological thriller and will be made available on October 31, 2018 on and numerous other online retailers. Published by Open Door Publishing Company, this novel is a masterpiece of twisted deception as Matthew Raymond, a private detective is locked into a maze of deceit after the disturbing 2053 murder of his sister, Livia. Rage filled Matthew igniting a search for her killer and to find answers to the mysterious questions that lurked around her death. Matthew soon realizes his problems went from bad to worse as he discovers himself immersed in a city where the wealthy and corrupt politician’s rule and a serial killer on the loose with a weapon of mass destruction. Our hero plunges himself in a cunning game of cat-and mouse when he stumbles across the Keystroke Killer exposing a secret device that makes the serial killer capable of sending people to the fourth dimension without a trace.

Caudle wrote “The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence” first as a television pilot series with 67 episodes. After funding for the project fell through, Caudle didn’t give up. She spent the next several years developing the character driven plot and subplots. “I lived and breath with these characters,” Caudle said. “I know them very well. Some scare the daylights out of me. And, yes, there is more than one serial killer.” Her passion for science, science fiction and psychological thrillers leaps from the pages with every sound, every breath, every heartbeat and every death. “This novel isn’t for the faint of heart. It is dark and twisted,” Caudle said. “It makes Silence of the Lambs look PG.”



"Full of shocking twists, turns and flips that will blow your mind, and have you turning the page begging for more." Jeffrey Jordan, SAG Actor

“An electrifying debut with unexpected turns and twists.” Robby Cook Stroud, Literary Agent

“A haunting twisted tale.” Tina Rubin, Actor

“Truly wicked and powerful. A page turner.” Rockin Dopsie Jr., Grammy Nominated Zydeco Musician

“Makes Fifty Shades of Grey and Silence of the Lambs look PG.” Kelly Cheatem, Realtor

“A saga like no other. A must read.” Erin Cadiere, CEO – No Regrets Apparel

“I couldn’t put it down. Excellent and powerful.” – Mark Steadfast, Producer

“A saga unlike any other. A must read.” – Bryan Dankworth, Artist


Dr. Melissa Caudle is an American author of more than a dozen books. She turned her love of writing screenplays to the love of writing novels. “The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence” is the first in the saga series with five more novels already plotted. This winter, Caudle will release two more novels, Never Stop Running and A.D.A.M. which are in the final editing stages. As an artist, she published six adult coloring books – “Abstract Faces” Volumes 1-6 that features some of her favorite drawings. Caudle describes her style somewhere between a Picasso and Salvador Dali. 

If you want more information about Dr. Caudle or an interview, contact the author direct at 504-301-8000 or email her at




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