Monday, April 14, 2014

Pop over to Becky's Blog

HI! Please pop over to Becky Lewellen Povich's blog to read her fun interview with me. I asked her not to make it too serious! To give you an idea, here's her first question and my answer to it:

Becky:  If there was going to be a movie made about your life, who would you like to play you at your current age? 
Melissa: Can we meld Helen Mirren and Jennifer Lawrence? They both have a free-spiritedness at very different life stages, and I relate to each of them at those stages.  And they seem very comfortable with who they are, which I feel I have, finally, also become. If we can’t do that, then let’s go with Mary Steenbergen. She’s closer to my age, we have similar facial features and she seems very nice.

Becky is the author of From Pigtails to Chin Hairs, a humorous memoir that is available on Amazon or from Becky's website. I plan to read this book soon and will report to you about it post haste!

In the meantime, please pop over to her BLOG and if you're on twitter, would love for you to tweet it.

Thanks and have a great day!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Tick off the Bucket List

Today we spent part of the day on Lighthouse Park Beach on Sanibel Island. I remember seeing pictures of Sanibel's shell-laden beaches when I was a kid, and I always dreamed of going there. Today we did.

The beach was beautiful, but it wasn't exactly shell-laden. The tide was coming in and I think all the shells were hiding under the waves. I managed to collect a decent handful for my ever-growing collection....

Here are a couple of pictures looking up and down the beach. That's Dick sitting under the umbrella in the first one.

Someone made a mermaid in the sand from shells 

Here she is a little closer up. She has nice coconuts!

Are those hot dogs or my knees???

Afterward, we drove to the other end of the island to Captiva, another place that had fueled my young imagination. I liked both Sanibel and Captiva, but I think I actually like Captiva a little more. We had lunch at the Mucky Duck, a pub that is right on the beach. The food was great!

It was all around a great day and I finally realized my dream of walking on a Sanibel beach. It's only an hour from us, so we'll go back often and try some of the other beaches too. I mean, you can never have even shells!!


The Christmas Village reflects many of my cherished childhood memories of growing up in the beautiful New England town of Andover, Massachusetts. It holds remembrances of snow-covered ground, the smell of pine and wood smoke filling the air and candlelit Christmas Eves. But it's more than just a story set at holiday time - it's an adventure that will transport you to another place and time and take you on a roller coaster ride of excitement and suspense.

As a reader, I love stories with twists and surprises, and as a writer, I promise there are more than a few in my book! And as a reader, I also enjoy a story with underlying themes that reflect life itself, and so in The Christmas Village, issues of disappointment, loss and forgiveness are subtly interwoven.

As you are transported into a magical adventure along with our young hero, Jamie, I hope that my book's positive themes around friendship and family, blanketed in an adventure that is exciting and fun, and topped off with a dollop of nostalgia, will bring you and all the children in your life, young and old, a renewed sense of holiday joy.

THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE is the winner of the 2013 BLOGGER BOOK FAIR READER'S CHOICE AWARD for children's action/adventure.


~I am in the 3rd grade. My mother just bought an autographed copy of "The Christmas Village". I couldn't stop reading it ! It was just hard to put down. Everyone in my family wants to read it. I think you should write Part Two! Thanks for writing a great book. From Pete

~I just finished your book, The Christmas Village. It was an awesome book! I love your books and I hope you write another book. Sincerely, Andrew

~I loved your book The Christmas Village. It was so funny that I could not stop reading it. Your book was amazing! From Arnav

~I loved The Christmas Village! It was so interesting and exciting that I wouldn't stop reading it until I finished the whole book! ... Everyone should read it because it is packed with action and like I said is so exciting. I think you had an amazing choice of your describing words. Sincerely, Ava

~I really like your book. Your ending I thought was really good. Jamie and Kelly are my favorite characters. From


Classroom Visits!

Classroom Visits!

Book Signings!

Book Signings!


A reading at the Shetford Library in Hubbards Cove, Nova Scotia