I’m Mel and I love telling stories. At the moment I primarily I do that through my teen fiction writing, although none of you can read it yet coz it’s all currently unpublished. But one day, one day…
In the meantime you can enjoy my writing through this blog instead! As well as the posts themselves you can check out other bits of writing I do on the “Writing” page.
As a kid, I didn’t always find growing up a lot of fun and getting lost in a story or my own imagination was my favourite way of coping. It provided an escape where I could go to different places or live someone else’s life for a time, but it also taught me a lot about people, adventures, possibilities and ways of dealing with life.
My love of stories led me to an English Literature and Language degree at the University of Leeds. Unfortunately being “forced” to read a huge number of books that wouldn’t have been my first, second or even tenth choice snuffed out that love of literature for several years. Life got in the way too, as it has a habit of doing, and the combination resulted in me ignoring my writing dream for a long time.
Then a few years ago thoughts of writing began to reawaken through a number of different circumstances. A year later I was offered voluntary redundancy from my job and I gleefully accepted with the idea of spending a year pursuing my writing dream. That was five years ago and I’m only just heading back into the world of (part-time) employment now. The journey started much more slowly than I anticipated and the time required to learn and develop the craft of writing has been infintely longer than I ever imagined. During that time though I’ve fully written one teen book, have 3 Works-in-Progress (WIP) and have learnt SO much.
I’m a member of the wonderful Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as the Golden Egg Academy and Tribe Writers. I’ve taken Writing Fiction for Young Adults courses with both Oxford University Continuing Education Department (online with Benjamin Scott) and the Arvon Foundation (week long residential with Melvin Burgess and Lucy Christopher). More recently I’ve studied Writing Drama with Oxford Uni, as well as numerous short online courses with FutureLearn (including Screenwriting, Shakespeare and Transmedia). I’m currently learning Mandarin Chinese at Sheffield University’s Confucius Institute!
I’m a wife, mother, Christian, coffee snob, sociable introvert and terrible fidget. Welcome to the world of Once Upon A Mel!