Welcome to my website, where I have a habit of talking about myself in the third person. I am the author of the YA historical fiction novel, MAUD: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery. It’s based on the teen life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables.
I’m passionate about literacy, following one’s passions, and discussing the creative process with authors, artists and creators, as well as diving into my own. Sometimes my cat, Merlin, helps.
Just Announced! Maud has been shortlisted for the Vine Awards for the best in Canadian Jewish Literature!
Winner! Hamilton Public Library’s Next Top Novel
Selected by the Forest of Reading 2018 Teen Summer Reading Committee!
Featured on Book Riot’s 50 Must-Read Canadian Children’s and YA Books!
A Huffington Post Canada Selection: “Great Books for Kids in Summer 2017.”
Selected by the Forest of Reading Kid Committee Summer Reading List
“An engaging addition that will appeal to more than just fans of L.M. Montgomery.” —School Library Journal
“[T]here’s nothing dated about the relentless lack of understanding and warmth [Maud] experienced in her family life, something Fishbane conveys with aplomb.” —The Toronto Star
“Fishbane has a beautiful way of writing that had me hearing the words in my mind as if the book were being read out aloud to me…and a voice that I think would be relevant to the time … a wonderful fit for YA lovers that lean toward more literary reads, great for teens interested in Canadian historical fiction and lovers of that red-headed Anne.” — Canadian Children’s Book News
Mel’s latest musings
- Coming Out of Hiding: Highlights and Claiming My Jewish Writing Self
- Mel’s Writing Summer Experiment
- My Life in Art: Mel’s Week in Art Class
- In Celebration of Maud’s First Birthday: Paperback Release Date is October 2, 2018
- Remembering L.M. Montgomery and the Bends in Life’s Road