Melanie Conklin is a writer, reader, and life-long lover of books.
She lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband and two small maniacs, who are thankfully booklovers, too. Melanie spent a decade as a product designer and approaches her writing with the same three-dimensional thinking and fastidious attention to detail. Counting Thyme (Penguin, 2016) is her debut middle grade novel.
Secrets About Melanie
- I didn’t always want to be a writer! I’ve always loved books, but it took me a long time to write one of my own. Naturally, that book was really terrible. It was about a psychic girl who could tell the future just by closing her eyes and scrunching up her nose. That’s right, she had a magic nose.
- Before I started writing, I was a product designer. I’ve designed some strange things: eye-wash stations, label makers, baby incubators, and pencil cups.
- I read all kinds of middle grade as a kid: Where the Red Fern Grows, Charlotte’s Web, The Secret Garden, and every book by Roald Dahl. Newer middle grade books I love: Wonder, One for the Murphy’s, Slob, and everything by Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me is my favorite).
- I bake crazy cakes for my kids, but only once a year on their birthdays!
- I hated middle school. My hair never cooperated, no matter how much hairspray I used, and I never felt like I wore the right clothes. Looking back, I can see I did just fine—but it was NOT EASY then!
- I have a serious Post-it note addiction.
- When I get hungry, one of my favorite snacks is a pack of peanut butter cheese crackers dipped in raspberry yogurt. I know it sounds gross, but I can’t help it!
- My worst fear is dying before I get to write all the stories in my head. Also, cockroaches.
- I really hope that my words mean something to you. I love books so much that sometimes I can’t stop thinking about them for days. I’d like to make that happen for someone. That’s my dream.
- Take a peek inside Melanie’s office!
- Read about why Melanie Conklin wrote about childhood cancer.
- Read Melanie’s tips on writing characters that feel real.
- Read Melanie’s tips on writing middle grade voice.
- Read Melanie’s tips on finding your voice through letter-writing.
- Read a discussion between Melanie and her agent on writing characters to love.
- Read an interview with Melanie about Counting Thyme.
- Read Melanie’s tips for writing stories with heart.
- Read a Q&A with Melanie about Counting Thyme.
- Read writing advice from Melanie and other debut authors