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Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson

Genres:
Children's
,
Contemporary
,
YA/Teen
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. "I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction," she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.
Melody Carlson: Prom Heroine

Melody Carlson: Prom Heroine

(February 28, 2013)
Katie Hart
Author Melody Carlson shares the real story behind one of the characters in her latest novel: “When I started writing The Prom Queen (Revell Books), it was simply the final book in the Life at Kingston High series. But after a girl named Bethany Bridgewater (from Houston) used her Make-a-Wish to spend time with me at my home, I decided to do something a little different. Bethany was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma shortly before her prom and she shared a touching story of how her boyfriend Michael carried her out to the dance floor since she was unable to walk. While Bethany, who wants to be a writer, was visiting, I was in final edits of Prom Queen. So I asked if she wanted me to write her into the story as a “real” character. She was elated about the idea. And so I added her into the mix. It made the book really special to both Bethany and me. Bethany finished her treatments and is making a great recovery and hopes to write her memoir someday.”
 

 

 

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