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Melissa Eskue Ousley

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in Willcox, AZ, The United States



Stephen King, Terry Brooks

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May 2013


Melissa Eskue Ousley is the award-winning author of The Solas Beir Trilogy, a young adult fantasy series.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a piranha, her family, and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she’s not writing, Melissa can be found hiking, swimming, scuba diving, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

Before she became a writer, she had a number of enlightening jobs, ranging from a summer spent scraping roadkill off a molten desert highway, to years of conducting research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona. Her interests in psychology, culture, and mythology have influenced her writing of The Solas Beir Trilogy.

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Melissa Eskue Ousley When I’m stuck, I simply work on something else. When I was writing The Sower Comes (coming in 2015), I found one section particularly challenging to…moreWhen I’m stuck, I simply work on something else. When I was writing The Sower Comes (coming in 2015), I found one section particularly challenging to write. I knew how things would unfold in the next chapter, so I made a note to go back later and moved forward. It worked, because I wasn't frustrated by my lack of progress. My mind needed a break to work out some details with the chapter that wasn’t behaving. My advice when encountering a block is to keep going and build around it. It's okay if that first draft isn't perfect. Things work out in the end.(less)
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“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
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“Use your head; cut off theirs.”
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Melissa Ousley Chad B. wrote: "Melissa, thank you for the Goodreads friend connect.
Wishing you all the very best in 2014!


Thanks! I hope 2014 is a great year for you too!

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Kayla Ward Thank you for adding me as a friend Melissa. :)

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Nevey You are so much welcome :) .

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Nevey Thanks for adding me as a friend Melissa.
I am looking forward to read your novel.


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