Kentucky Book Fair 2010

Melissa was visited by hundreds of fans at the 2010 Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort. The annual event is one of the premiere events for authors and readers held each year nationally.

Melissa autographs a book for a Kentucky fan.

Melissa was happy to authograph many books for her loyal readers and fans.

Thousands of interested readers came to the Kentucky Book Fair. To learn more about the book fair go to

A Note to Readers

Just a Short Hiatus ... More Novels to Come

While Growing Up Wilder was my last novel, it will certainly not be my final. I have two outlines just dying to escape from my desk drawer and I often have to apologetically shove them back in when I find they have made it to the surface time and again.

I am currently working toward completing my doctorate degree (I am all but dissertation, folks!) and I am tangled up in research that uses storytelling and social media as a way to increase hope levels for individuals and entire communities.

This research is allowing me to focus on solving a problem within Kentucky's Appalachia - negative stereotypes.

Readers, please be patient. I will return to fiction shortly. Until then, please continue to share Sister Blackberry, House of Cleaving and Growing Up Wilder with your friends and family.

As always, I welcome your notes and messages.