General details

  • HSMeloche

  • Heather Smith Meloche

  • English

In short

  • I have a B.A. in video production and a B.A. in English from Michigan State University, where I mentored under poet Diane Wakoski. After receiving my Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language from Bowling Green State University, I began teaching writing and other language-learning skills at the college level. With the birth of my two boys, I started writing for children of all ages. I eventually found my most comfortable voice was that of a teen girl. After completing my first YA novel, I am currently working on my second.

  • My work has appeared in ONCE UPON A TIME as well as SPIDER magazine. My short story, “The Fog Bell,” placed 5th for the Children’s Division in the 2007 Writer’s Digest annual fiction contest, and most recently, I co-wrote a picture book, THE CLUBHOUSE CONUNDRUM, for the local chapter of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I am currently working on another work-for-hire picture book project about Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan.

My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Children's, Coming of Age, Women's Fiction, Young Adult/Juvenile

    Non-Fiction: Body, Mind & Spirit, Memoir/Narrative Non-fiction, Psychology, Women's Studies

    Poetry: General, Narrative

  • SPEAK and WINTERGIRLS by Halse Anderson, LOST IT by Kristen Tracy, GOING TOO FAR by Jennifer Echols (didn't get out of bed for an entire day for this one) and most works by Ellen Hopkins.
  • THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan
  • In bed
  • I've written news stories for a Michigan NBC affiliate, scripts for cable programming, and business focus pieces for newspaper. I've also created in-house communications, marketing pieces, technical manuals, and promotional pieces through the Marketing Department of an investment's firm. And check out my blog at www.thewordspring.blogspot.com
  • Fiction: Coming of Age, Young Adult/Juvenile

  • Katniss from The Hunger Games. She's been through hell, but she's brave and brilliant.
  • Laurie Halse Anderson, Ellen Hopkins, Sonya Sones, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Echols, Kristen Tracy, Sarah Dessen, Sara Zarr