An Author’s Life

Melanie writes both fiction and non-fiction from her Houston-area home. She nears completion of her debut novel while continuing her recognized craft in essays and short stories.

Her publication and broadcast credits include the Boston Globe, The Writer, The Sun, National Public Radio/KUHF, MOTH StorySlam, and various anthologies.

Before Melanie told her own stories, she reported others. A journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin launched her into a two-decade career as an award-winning broadcast and print reporter, editor, and news director. After working for others, she worked for herself, joining her husband in starting a crisis communications company. The pair trained more than 200+ clients around the world across nearly 30 years.

Business travel led the couple to overnight stays in all 50 states (and Puerto Rico) and 21 foreign countries. Now they’re working on completing their continental bucket list: four remain.

Melanie’s blog,, includes tales from some of those travels and those of other women writers who love adventure and stories, too.

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  1. Dear Melanie: I just finished reading your “Take Note, Idea Generating Machine,” in the Writers magazine and I had to reach out to you. What an inspiration you are, thank you for sharing your story. I hope you continue healing and writing. Sending you good wishes!

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