The best way to get to know Melody is to read her books since a little of her comes out through her characters.
Are you dealing with parent and relationship issues, or worse yet, a lack-of-a-relationship issue? Melody once walked in your sneakers. She read to escape work on her family’s poultry farm and to escape the insecurities of feeling inadequate—not smart enough, pretty enough, or coordinated enough to measure up to expectations.
Melody writes books with characters she hopes you’ll find believable, relatable, and a bit quirky. Her characters in the Silent series hide in the lives and adventures of manga superheroes that populate the books they read, but they experience the real pain of high school juniors and seniors.
Do you feel clumsy, lonely, and/or geeky? You are not alone. Since she has never been able to live down her reputation as the girl who hit the driver’s education teacher’s car with the driver’s education car while learning how to parallel park, Melody considers herself an authority on klutzy.
Melody understands the pain teenagers face. During her years teaching, she witnessed the alienation and vulnerability of one-sided loves, the dreams crushed, the injustices, and the tragedies her students faced. Read Backpack Blues: Inspire the Fire Within to see how she gives voice to teenagers, allowing them to spill their truths onto the pages. You may find yourself, or a younger version of yourself, in one of her books.
Do you like the Adirondack scene on Melody’s website? It’s courtesy of her photographer/writer/pickleball partner-husband, Barry.