Melanie Turner wrote her first novel “Judy and the Palomino” in the sixth grade. The serialized mystery followed the adventures of a young girl tracking down a gang of horse thieves. Every Friday afternoon, Melanie headed down to the principal’s office, not for detention, but to read the latest chapter of her story over the school’s intercom. This experience led to a life-long journey of writing.
Her love of the written word eventually landed her a food column (Melanie’s Mirepoix) in the Lodi News Sentinel, and her passion for words garnered several awards for her poetry. A paycheck or two – and a dare from a friend – convinced her to take her craft more seriously, so she enrolled at Full Sail University and graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment in 2014. While attending the University, she received a Course Director’s Award and saw her poetry published in the literary journal “The Aviator”.
In addition to school, she juggles both a full-time job and a part-time job, and a family. But, it is her first love – writing – that drives her. So she writes, more often than not on sticky notes, pieces of scratch paper, or the backs of envelopes, whenever and wherever inspiration strikes and time allows. Her newest works include a mystery set in 1920s Oregon and an epic fantasy novel.