You Never Know…And Other Things I Learned (Remembered) on the Road: Part Two

In my last entry, I wrote about some of my observations as an author who took herself on tour for the first time. Now, I am going to share with you a few things I did while travelling that kept me centred. I knew when I started this tour that I was going to essentially be “on” for seven days, which meant that I needed to remind myself to do things that would keep me balanced. Pack for Success (Or maybe I overpacked, who is to say?): Deb Ohi has this very helpful post about how to Read More

You Never Know…And Other Things I Learned (Remembered) on the Road: Part One

I’ve returned from my adventure very tired, but also ready to get to work. I’ve written about how I had wanted to go out east and have spent the last two months preparing for it. I’ve learned a lot about organizing book tours (and why people have assistants… to all assistants, I salute you!), and what I might do differently next time. I also learned about the unmeasurables, the things you cannot even begin to imagine, that (most) people are grateful that you came and shared your story. This blog post got very long, so I Read More

Taking the First Step…to Nova Scotia and PE Island

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook how much I hate cold calling. It is the worst. I would rather clean the silverware or something equally terrible than call someone I hardly know, or don’t know at all. It is the fear of rejection, the fear of bothering someone, the fear that I’m not good enough. And while I’m more comfortable with email, that reaching out across the ether without knowledge of how it will be received has the same feeling as job or house hunting — I would rather do anything else. But, I wanted to Read More

Stepping into the Tardis: Maud’s Launch on the Island in May

Join me as we go back in time to the beginning of May… Exactly two months ago, where I embarked on a journey to the Island to celebrate MAUD at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.   Bookmark PEI created this beautiful window display and were incredible! If you are going to the Island this summer (or any summer, be sure to check them out!)   And the CBC invited me to talk on their program, Mainstreet with Angela Walker, who took one of my favourite photos, ever:   Later, I was joined by my companion, Read More

On the 75th Anniversary of Maud’s Death…A Reflection

Seventy-five years ago today, on the 24 of April 1942, Maud died in her home, “Journey’s End,” on Riverside Drive in Toronto’s west end or Swansea Village. While the home is currently a private residence, there is a plaque in a park nearby commemorating the street. Today, CBC Books has compiled, 75 facts you might now know about Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery and #20th is Maud! They had also asked me for some “fun facts” of my own, which are also included. As you know, Maud kept a journal her whole life, but the last Read More

Fun Facts About Maud: Mel in Cavendish

One of the best parts about writing historical fiction is doing the research. I love discovering things that maybe people haven’t, or see something in a new way. Maud had been very careful about what she left behind. She burned her correspondence, so the only letters we have are the ones other people, like her best friend and cousin Penzie, and her two pen pals Ephraim Weber and G.B. MacMillan kept. Over the years, I visited the L.M. Montgomery sites and archives, exploring what she left behind. This helped me to connect to Maud, her time Read More

Writing in Motion

Monday I sent the proofs of MAUD to my editor. Today I cut many inches off my hair. For over two years I’ve kept it long because it helped me get into the body of Maud’s character. As I explained it to my hairdresser (who nodded like she understood, but I  suspect she was a little concerned for me), I needed to be able to put it up in a bun or some other concoction. The same thing happened when I was writing Oy! and  I cut my hair short, (by my last hairdresser. I’m loyal to my new 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

#Research: Anne & Gilbert The Musical in Ottawa

In which a road trip brings the opportunity to follow up with one of my favourite people, meet “Gilbert Blythe”–well online anyway–and connect with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Those of you who have followed this blog are quite familiar with my *clears throat* interest  fascination  obsession  “theoretical interest” in all things related to the popularity of the perfect man archetype and what makes the relationship between certain fictional couples so popular with fans, and then how the Anne & Gilbert: The Musical fits into this. In 2014, actors Ellen Denny and Patrick Cook visited the blog in 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