Heather Smith Meloche’s work has appeared in SPIDER, YOUNG ADULT REVIEW NETWORK (YARN), and ONCE UPON A TIME, and she has placed twice in the children’s/YA category of the WRITER’S DIGEST Annual Competition. Her short story, “Him,” won the HUNGER MOUNTAIN Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2011. She lives in Rochester Hills, MI, with her husband, two boys, and more pets than anyone should ever own.
Heather’s debut, RIPPLE (Penguin Putnam, Fall 2016), is a Young Adult Contemporary novel. High school students Tessa and Jack navigate their way through their all-too-adult lives as they wrestle with their own uniquely destructive compulsions and struggle to find each other as well as themselves.
- Favorite book growing up: ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET by Judy Blume
- Childhood aspiration: She told her mother when she was four years old that she was going to be a writer. Looks like it’s sort of working out that way.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: She has a very messy writing cave with piles of stuff organized by strata that, somehow, seems very clear to her when she’s looking for something. She finds that when she enters that cave around 9:00 a.m. and gets rolling, she hits her prime writing period around 10:00 a.m., when all her best ideas somehow magically appear.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: Her dad’s childhood copy of APACHE GOLD AND YAQUI SILVER by L. Frank Dobie. Also WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): She loves to travel. She and her husband did a slew of traveling before they had children, and now that the kids are older, they’re back at it. Heather lived in Mexico for a while and has traveled to Ecuador, India, and throughout Eastern and Western Europe. She’s never happier than when she’s planning her next trip!
- Favorite sports teams: She love basketball, and her hometown Detroit Pistons are awesome. She also recently discovered she can’t stop watching hockey during its season. She says her Detroit Red Wings rock!!
- Surprising personal fact: She’s an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher as well as a writer. She has a Master’s in Teaching ESL, and she adores her students, who come from all over the world. She says she often feels they teach her more than she teaches them!
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: It’s not only meeting so many other amazing writers as she networks and really gets involved in the writing communities, but it’s also knowing that after twelve years of hard work, she finally accomplished what she set out to do. Determination is the ultimate key in this business, and she’s proud to have stuck it out to finally succeed in giving her story a life of its own out in the market. Now her goal is to do it again and again and again…
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