Tragically, the Elmore family unexpectedly lost their husband and father, Tom, last year, and Melinda's life turned upside down. She is now a single mother dealing with challenges she never thought she'd have to bear. Her courage and fortitude have impressed me as much as her desire to write and share what she loves.
Recently, Dancing With Bear Publishing featured a thirty page essay from Melinda's daughter, Shaelee. I agreed to share information about Shaelee's work, because not only do I believe all young writers should be encouraged, I know it would make her proud to share the memories of her father.
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We are all brothers and sisters. Our families do and should mean everything to us. The Elmore family has reminded me of those who encouraged me to write while in my youth, and also that life goes on, even when we can't be with the ones we love. For now.
Best of luck, Shaelee.
Find out more about Native American author, Melinda Elmore, at her website.