An Office Of One’s Own: Saying Goodbye to 2017

In my early twenties, I was a Music and Drama counsellor for a day camp.  I had worked there every summer since I was fifteen and loved my summers there–preferring to be a counsellor than a camper. That particular summer, though, the camp director had decided to move the Music and Drama department to a new building. I cannot remember if we had been in a barn and then moved to a two-room building, or it was reverse, but I do recall my big complaint that summer was the lack of an office. In fact, Read More

Welcome to Mel’s New Blog

Happy Spring! A time for new beginnings. And my life right now is certainly about embracing the new. New House –Moving in May New Book! –  Maud is releasing on April 25th! I know… New Website! In celebration of the “new,” my blog is growing up to a full-fledged website: melaniefishbane.com  melaniefishbane.com will still have my blog, but it will also be showcasing many new features, such as “Maud’s World.” Special thanks to Neel Modi, who helped to create the look and feel of the website. You can check him out here: http://neelmodi.com. Over the next few weeks I’ll be Read More

Mel’s Week of Unplanned Symmetry

The writer life is weird and wonderful. One week there could be a series of events converging at the same time and you try believing in your incredible luck and the next…a silence so quiet that you wonder if you’re any good and why you’re bothering to do it in the first place. This week was a lucky week. A grateful week. A week where I’m doing my best to celebrate success, without feeling guilty and also being comfortable with being out in the world. TUESDAY: I talked about this and my path to publication on Read More

Guest Post: Deborah Kerbel, Author of Feathered

Book Birthdays are the perfect way to celebrate spring. And today is Deborah Kerbel’s special book birthday, as we celebrate her sixth (SIXTH!) novel, Feathered. When Deborah told me about her new novel, I was intrigued. First , it is historical fiction, set in 1980. (And, yes, it is weird to think that something during my lifetime is historical fiction, but there it is.)  Second, her main character Finch, is obsessed with Little House on the Prairie.  I’m thrilled that she agreed to come on the blog to chat about writing this novel, all things Read More

Only Six Weeks Late: Mel’s List of 9 2016 Goals

How is it the end of February? I had such plans to write some kind of philosophical forward-looking blog post about my goals for 2016 and now it is practically the end of winter so it seems quite silly to write them now. But I’ve always been one to thwart convention in some way, so why not. Besides there’s too much pressure on January 1st to get it all done. February 24th is certainly much better date, don’t you think? And, besides,  Spring is less than a month away and it’s near the  Full Moon, so an Read More

A Q&A with Trina St. Jean, Author of Blank

I am pretty pleased to introduce you to Trina St. Jean, a new Canadian YA writer . Interestingly story, I met Trina when I lived in Montreal through a mutual friend in the early part of the 2000s and she was talking about attending this mythical school where one could study children’s literature and work with writers like, Tim Wynne-Jones. It was only a few years later that I made the connection that it was the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When I discovered that Trina’s new YA novel, Blank —about a teen who wakes Read More

Mel’s Long Overdue Post: An Overplanner in Recovery

I had the summer all planned. MAY: Submit the next draft of the Maud novel after an incredible ten days doing social media for the National Reading Campaign’s Reading Town in Charlottetown, P.E.I.             MAY to JUNE: Prep for backfilling a course for six weeks and prepare for an inspiring ten day writing retreat and alumni-mini-res at VCFA where I was workshopping a new piece with a writer I had always wanted to work with, Cynthia Leitich-Smith — who really is made of awesome and kinda wanna be her when I grow Read More

A Canadian Exclusive Cover Reveal: K.A. Barson’s Charlotte Cuts it Out

Today, I have the privilege of announcing the Canadian exclusive cover reveal of K.A. Barson’s Charlotte Cuts it Out, releasing April 5, 2016. In conjunction with Tirzah Price’s blog, The Compulsive Reader in the U.S., my blog is revealing K.A.’s cover and also giving you one of two sneak peeks. Some you might remember that K.A. participated in my Embodying Character series last summer when we chatted about her wonderful book, 45 Pounds (more or less). And now the cover! About Charlotte Cuts it Out Lydia and I were in eighth grade when we came up with our Grand Plan Read More

Canadian Exclusive: Cover Reveal of Ingrid Sundberg’s All We Left Behind

This is the best way to start 2015,  celebrating the upcoming release of Ingrid Sundberg’s All We Left Behind with the Canadian Exclusive cover reveal. In conjunction with Tirzah Price’s blog, The Compulsive Reader in the U.S., my blog is revealing Ingrid’s cover and also giving you one of two sneak peeks. (Go to The Compulsive Reader to see the other one.) Ingrid is a fellow Dystropian and dear friend who continues to inspire me with her fearlessness towards craft. Recently, she created this incredible Grinch window display for Vroman’s bookstore. On her blog, Ingrid devotes her time to Read More

An Interview with YA Author, Heather Demetrios

Heather Demetrios inspires. While she was a few semesters behind me when we were at VCFA together, I was always impressed by her exuberance, positivity, and talent. I am still thinking about Something Real–a satire about Bonnie™ Baker a reality TV star trying to lead a normal life–and her love interest, Patrick Sheldon. (One of the things I am very exciting about is discussing this perfect boyfriend with her.)  It is no surprise that the novel released to critical acclaim and won the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discover Award. This past fall, Heather also released the first of Read More