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Melanie Forde

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Quincy, MA, The United States
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For most of her writing career, Melanie Forde ghosted on international security issues. She published her first novel, Hillwilla, in 2014, followed by On the Hillwilla Road in 2015. Her West Virginia trilogy culminates in Reinventing Hillwilla, published in 2018. 2018 also brought forth her Irish-American family saga, Decanted Truths, 20 years in the making.

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Melanie Forde A former editor once told me to "write by the seat of your pants." By that, he meant to park the seat of your pants in front of your desk and keep it…moreA former editor once told me to "write by the seat of your pants." By that, he meant to park the seat of your pants in front of your desk and keep it there until you've written something. While this tactic rarely produces literary gems, there are times, when you're "stuck," that writing something, anything, will get you unstuck. Just be prepared to edit your socks off later.

When I need to summon the muse, I (A) walk my dog; (B) take a bath; (C) go to sleep. C can be hard on the health. I can't recall how many times characters in a work in progress thwart Morpheus and keep me awake with their ideas of where they want to go next.(less)
Melanie Forde I don't think anyone can be a competent writer without being a prodigious reader first. Read all sorts of books: non-fiction and fiction in diverse…moreI don't think anyone can be a competent writer without being a prodigious reader first. Read all sorts of books: non-fiction and fiction in diverse genres. Read SLOWLY. Let the words linger like wine on the palate. Pay attention to the kind of wordsmithing that appeals to you. Why is it appealing? Pay attention to the styles that annoy you. Why is it annoying?(less)
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Hillwilla

3.94 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 2014 — 7 editions
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On the Hillwilla Road

4.58 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2015 — 5 editions
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Reinventing Hillwilla

4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings2 editions
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Decanted Truths

4.25 avg rating — 4 ratings2 editions
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The Forgotten Secret by Kathleen McGurl
The Forgotten Secret
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This is a solidly woven family mystery, shuttling back and forth between contemporary Ireland and the Ireland of one century earlier, during the war for independence. I liked the credible way Clare, the contemporary protagonist, stumbles upon a piece ...more
On the Hillwilla Road by Melanie Forde
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"I won this marvelous book on a Goodreads Giveaway distributed by Independent Publishers Group (IPG)!
I hadn't read the sequel to this book, but I didn't feel like I had missed much and was able to follow.
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The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis
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What a lovely read! The reader becomes acquainted with the cast of characters through the occasionally distorted prism of Miss Judith's observations -- fascinating vignettes of a dysfunctional extended family. The author works the English language in ...more
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Hark by Sam Lipsyte
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I really wanted to like this book. Loved the title and the crazy premise of mental archery, of focusing … on nothing. And I was blown away by the wordsmithing. The voice is so unique, with Lipsyte often making up words -- or combining words that shou ...more
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Ragnarok Unwound by Kristin Jacques
Ragnarok Unwound
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There's a lot to like about this book. First and foremost: it's different. Where else would half the Norse pantheon combine with Pele and the very modern humans inhabiting places like Las Vegas and Hawaii? Many of the characters are well developed. A ...more
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The Senator's Assignment by Joan E. Histon
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A thoroughly entertaining read, one that held my interest from start to finish. That's saying something, because recent years have brought an increased inclination to drop a book in mid-read if it disappoints. Although I'm hardly an expert on the Rom ...more
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