In today's can't-miss episode, we meet Melissa Payne, bestselling and award-winning author of The Secrets of Lost Stones, Memories in the Drift, and The Night of Many Endings. She first learned the real importance of storytelling when she worked for a residential and day treatment center for abused and neglected children, where she wrote speeches and letters to raise funds. The truth in those children’s stories was piercing and painful, written to invoke a call to action in the reader: to give, to help, and to make a difference. Melissa’s love of writing and sharing stories in all forms has endured.
The value of small-town settings
Evading bears in her neighborhood
Being true to her storytelling voice and style
How she "got in the head" of an amnesiac character
Building an audience
Her approach to writing minor characters
How a conversion van inspired a major character
Her unputdownable new novel, A Light in the Forest
She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and three children, a friendly mutt, a very loud cat, and the occasional bear. For more information, visit www.melissapayneauthor.com.
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