Melissa Wiley

Melissa Wiley is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens including The Prairie Thief, Inch and Roly Make a Wish, Fox and Crew Are Not Friends and The Martha and Charlotte Little House books.    Melissa is a delight and shares about her enthusiasm for children and writing.

Both Melissa and her husband share responsibility for looking after their 6 children.  “I get the whole day with the kids and I really love that and then a good long writing shift.  Really, the way that we’ve made it work is carefully splitting up the duties and really making time for and respecting each other’s work time.”

Melissa’s unexpected success was: Hanna’s Christmas   “As a Mom who reads books out loud to her children over and over and over, every book that I write, especially picture books, are going to be read out loud.   You want it to be engaging, and have beautiful language, and be a pleasure both for the child and the parent who are going to be reading that book together.”

Childhood influencers:
Anne of Green Gables
Emily of New Moon
The Little House
Little Women

Books Melissa has written:

“I’m moved by bringing love and laughter in people’s lives.  Having them come away from something that you wrote feeling moved.”

Melissa Recommends:
Charity – Plan International
Internet Resource – Coursera and Future Learn
Internet – Journey North
Book – The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Book – Oz: Road to Oz by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young
Book – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Book – 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Writer or Illustrator – The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Melissa’s top tips on turning your chapter book into a series:

  1. Have inventive story lines.
  2. Connect and learn from other writers. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  3. Persistence – handling the rejection and moving right on.

Final words:
“Don’t cling to the problem, look for the towootion.  Find things to be excited about. to find what you’re enthusiastic about and share those enthusiasms with people, because it leads to more discoveries, and such riches in your life.”

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Twitter: @melissawiley
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