When I first started writing, I felt like a bit of a traitor, because I’d spent the last decade in a completely different industry: product design. At this point, I hold over fifty patents for all kinds of things--from toothbrushes to eye wash stations! When the idea for a story crossed my mind, the first thing I thought was: I wish I was writing, because I know how I’d write that. Then I completely surprised myself by writing it.

My Writing Space
Now writing is as much a part of me as design ever was--my fingers are still creating, just in a whole new way! These days, I'm proud to be a founding member of Kidliterati.com and a permanent mentor at First Five Pages Workshop. I also write a blog on design, capitalism, and product envy called Consumerisms.

I'm thrilled to share this journey with my agent, Pete Knapp. Please contact Pete at New Leaf Literary for rights inquiries.  

Blurb Bio:
Melanie Conklin is a writer, reader, and all-around lover of words and those who create them. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, Counting Thyme, will be published by Putnam & Sons in 2016. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey with her husband and two small maniacs.
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Interviews & Guest Posts:
Finding Voice in Middle Grade on ChasingtheCrazies
W.O.W. Writer Odyssey Wednesday Interview on Counting Thyme, Querying, & Quitting
Reaching Readers through Graphic Novels on Kidliterati

Upcoming Events:
New England SCBWI 2014 Conference, May 2-4, Springfield, MA
BEA 2014, May 30-31, NYC
Writer Unboxed Unconference, Nov 3-7, Salem, MA

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