Melissa Soldani Lemon
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
In 1976, I checked "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" out from the local library. I was eight years old -- it was the first book that I read that didn't have illustrations. That book, the story of a writer and storyteller, captured a truth -- sordid and beautiful -- that is the gold standard of writing.
That book taught me -- in subsequent readings, of course -- about US history, immigration, poverty, crime, survival, family, and life. Because of the seeds that book planted in my mind, I've been a fearless storyteller and writer. I've earned a BA (in New Orleans) and MA (in Colorado) and PhD (in Florida) in History, and am completing my first novel.
Until I do sign my book contract, I'll continue the career that parellels and nurtures my writing - I teach college history. I love being an "academic" and I love to research -- teaching history is a playground for storytellers!
Interests: Fictionalizing the Immigrant Experience in the US
Published writer: No