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What fairy-tale retelling is "the Healer's Apprentice"? If it's not a fairy-tale retelling, what inspired you to write it? IT IS SO GOOD!!! I am going to the library sometime today to get the next book. You are so talented!! Maybe I can share some of my short stories that I've written with some of my friends with you. Would you be interested in that?

Melanie Dickerson Hi, Sophia! The Healer's Apprentice is loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. I was inspired to write it while watching the Disney movie, Sleeping Beauty, with my two daughters. So happy you liked it!
Right now I am so swamped with deadlines for the rest of the year as I finish up the last four books of my contracts. But after this year is over, I might have time to mentor a few writers. But I think it's great that you and your friends are enjoying writing stories! I used to write stories with my friends when I was in 6th and 7th grade, on up through high school. It's a great way to hone your writing skills!

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