Meet the Author: Melanie Conklin

Melanie ConklinMelanie Conklin is a writer, reader, and all-around lover of words and those who create them. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband and two small maniacs.

Melanie’s debut novel for middle grade readers is COUNTING THYME (Putnam & Sons, Winter 2016). The novel follows 11-year-old Thyme Owens, who moves from San Diego to New York City after her brother is accepted into a cancer drug trial. There, she discovers that hope can be found in everyday miracles: in first crushes, in budding friendships, in school plays, and in a sister’s love for her little brother.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: A series called ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE THREE INVESTIGATORS, which actually has nothing to do with the famous director. Apparently the author, Robert Arthur, just thought that would add a little allure to the title!
  • Childhood aspiration: Paleontologist, followed closely by Veterinarian.
  • Favorite time of day/place to write: Any time.
  • Book currently reading/most recently read: CINDA CHIMA’S SEVEN REALMS series of YA Fantasy novels.
  • Favorite things to do (other than reading): Sketching and building things in her shop.
  • Favorite sports teams: Team U.S.A.
  • Surprising personal fact: She’s designed an eye wash station for use in chemical spills in factories.
  • Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Discovering all of the other new books slated for 2016! There are never enough books.

Where to find her:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Add Book

 

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