I can't remember a time when I wasn't surrounding myself with books. As a child, I'd grab piles of books from my bookcase and read long into the night, then shove them all under my bed. A trip to the library meant a treasure trove of new adventures. By the time I was twelve years old, everything was fair game: from Sweet Valley High and Babysitters Club to V.C. Andrews, Stephen King, and John Saul. As I grew older, the genres I ventured into became even more eclectic. The only requirement was that I could get lost in the story.
My first attempt at writing came at ten years old while, during a sleepover, I tried writing a ghost story. In sixth grade, I entered my school's writing contest, and in college, my writing professor allowed me to work on a novel instead of following the curriculum.
But at the time, writing was only a hobby I enjoyed. I picked it up, put it down, sometimes for months or years at a time, but I didn't think of it as a career. Instead, I majored in communications with the goal of a career in journalism. After a couple of years, I changed course and entered the travel industry. Travel had always been another love, especially to Walt Disney World, and the choice seemed the perfect fit. I opened my own travel agency and grew it from the ground up until the Great Recession of 2008 rolled in, along with the blessing of my first child.
With her birth, I left behind the office career and finally admitted what I already knew - I wanted to spend my life creating on paper what played in my head. A series that had already been haunting my dreams for months that I knew would be my first attempt to break into the publishing world.
While I wrote the Sci-Fi / Paranormal romance series, SHADOWS first, MATTER OF CHOICE, a second-chance-at-love contemporary romance, would be the first to be published in 2014. Since then, I've been honored to be nominated for several Readers'Choice Awards and to be a 2016 Top 10 finalist in the Global Author Academy Awards.
Until then, I wrote romantic suspense as RM Alexander. But, like my reading habits, my characters wouldn't remain locked in the box of a single genre, so, in 2019, I launched the pen name, Melody Ash.
Now I was free to write romantic suspense in all its subgenres under RM Alexander and speculative fiction as Melody Ash where romance was not key a driving force in the story.
As a complex PTSD and trauma survivor, I often write characters who often face the worse circumstances and must search for their inner strength. It is my hope readers not only connect with the characters and stories but also are encouraged, as they read the last word, that their real-world problems can be overcome.
Outside my writing world, I spend my time with my husband, two children, and Pomsky (who you'll likely find posted on my social media) in Indiana. I still love to travel and am addicted to orange juice, Ghirardelli chocolate, and adventure.
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