I had a wonderful long weekend spending Friday through Tuesday at St. Simons Island, Georgia with my husband, Mike, and our mini-Australian Shepherd, Bella. After three relaxing days of sunshine, beach, and just being lazy, I spent Monday and Tuesday soaking up knowledge which flowed from the speakers at the Southeastern Writer’s Association Conference. As always, I made a few new friends, reconnected with old ones, and left the conference feeling the comradery of fellow writers. Thank you to all who make the SWA and its conference possible.
During the conference, I was fortunate to have a chance to interview two lovely ladies who represent my idea of strong southern women—Janet Shepherd Kelleher and Debra Ayers Brown. I will be sharing their interviews with you in the coming months. They were so gracious and kind to grant me their precious time. Thank you, ladies.
Now, I’d like to welcome my guest blogger, Melanie V. Logan.
Melanie has appreciated the land of make believe for as long as anyone can remember. Growing up in rural Virginia didn’t lend much to the excitement. With a pen, paper, and a rambunctious imagination, created adventures of her own. Nowadays, Melanie lives in the suburbs of Atlanta still crafting dreams into fictional works of art. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, watching movies, or the occasional comedy show.
Why I Write Women’s Fiction
What I love about women’s fiction is the exploration of a woman’s journey. It’s not always about love, romance, or a happily ever after. It’s about learning and growing along the way. Getting knocked down by one thing or another, but getting right back up. Persevering over great odds whether personal tragedies, hindrances from loved ones, or some other obstacle. The journey may not take the character in that direction first set on, but doesn’t that happen in life?
What I’m Working On
I’m currently working on a manuscript for my first novel. The story focuses on a woman searching for her dream life, but blames others for her failures when she is the obstacle in the way. That may seem like a common storyline; however, there are unexpected twists and turns that I haven’t read in other books. What I hope readers walk away with is a desire to pursue their purpose, answer their own ‘what if’s’ should life change in the blink of an eye.
Where to Find Her
To learn more about Melanie, check out her website at http://melanievlogan.com or follow her on Twitter: @melanievlogan.
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next month.
P.S. Stay tuned for a Southern Comfort Recipes and Southern Sayings as well as an excerpt from Weather Permitting.