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Melissa Newman

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in Lexington, The United States




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Melissa Newman is an award-winning journalist and writer, having spent 20 years in the newspaper industry rising to the ranks of editor and publisher. She has called Southeastern Kentucky home all her life and truly embraces the title of southern writer, bestowed upon her by loyal readers. As a journalist, Melissa has written hundreds of feature stories about people and places in Southeastern Kentucky and elsewhere; covered several murders from the crime scene investigation to the courtroom sentencing; penned government corruption news; and has been instrumental in nudging local and state government to take action through her editorials and news columns. During her time in the newspaper industry, Melissa won many journalism awards, seized t ...more

As I near the completion of my third novel, Growing Up Wilder, I’d like to invite you to jump into the creative process with me by developing a character and a story line for one of my chapters.

Growing Up Wilder is full of Everett Wilder’s many women who influence the lives of his impressionable daughters Marlena and Dancy. As a single father in the 70s, Everett finds himself in the company of... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.29 · 38 ratings · 8 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Sister Blackberry
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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House of Cleaving
4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Growing Up Wilder
4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Growing Up Wilder by Melissa Newman
"I enjoyed this book. Loved that it was set in the 1970's. Since I was a teenagers during those years, it brought back so many memories. Also loved the characters and the storyline!! Enjoyed the little mysteries and surprises along the way...very s..." Read more of this review »
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"Growing Up Wilder is a captivating family saga about two close but independent and strong-willed southern sisters who are forced to come to grips with their father's enormous appetite for different women and new love relationships. The narrator, D..." Read more of this review »
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Maya Angelou
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

(Popular misquote of "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.")”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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