About Melina Druga

Creating fictional people since 1989.

Melina Druga

Most kids have an active imagination.  Melina Druga’s imagination has stayed strong into adulthood, and she’s funneled that creativity into a successful writing career.  She writes history, both fiction and nonfiction, because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past is not.  Her goal is to bring the past to life in all its myriad of color.

She writes with the assistance of a furry writing buddy – AKA the family cat who often sits with her while she works.

When not researching, writing or editing, Melina is wife to a wonderful man who also is her copy editor and mother to a budding baker/guitarist/architect.

The portion of her brain that isn’t filled with fictional people is filled with song lyrics.  She listens to hard rock daily and finds entertainment, inspiration and comfort in it.

Namaste.  She practices yoga daily for a balanced body and mind.  But, no, she can’t do a headstand.

Another way she expresses her creativity is through the camera lens.  She especially enjoys nature and architecture photography.

She cooks most meals from scratch.  She’s a healthy cooking advocate, much to her husband’s chagrin.

10 Random Facts About Melina Druga

Sometimes it can be difficult to get to know the person behind the byline.  After all, unlike television and film personalities, authors are static – a name, a photograph – and readers know writers’ words better than the writers themselves.

Here are 10 random facts about Melina Druga that hopefully will give you a sense of who she is.

1. Her Favorite Books as a Child and Teenager

As a child, Melina remembers reading with her mother and also reading after school.  She credits the first series on the list with instilling a love of history in her.

  • The Little House on the Prairie series
  • The Anne of Green Gables series
  • The Berenstain Bears series
  • The Babysitter’s Club series
  • Amelia Bedelia series
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series

2. Her Favorite Books as an Adult

Melina was an English major and read mostly classics.  She’s still drawn to classics now along with nonfiction that interests her.

  • Anything from Edith Wharton. Click here to read why.
  • World War One British Poets
  • The Devil in the White City
  • Pale Blue Dot
  • The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction
  • Mauz
  • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
  • Gods and Generals and its two sequels

3. Her Favorite Scripted Television Shows

Melina appreciates good writing in all varieties, including scripted dramas.  These are her favorites from the past 25 years.  It’s worth noting these series also had excellent acting, costuming and set design.

  • 12 Monkeys
  • Lost
  • The Expanse
  • Doctor Who
  • Mad Men
  • Selfridge
  • Due South
  • Northern Exposure
  • Vikings

She also loves the original Twilight Zone.

Melina is not that big a fan of movies, but when these come on TV, she always watch these:

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice (the Kiera Knightly version)
  • The Gangs of New York
  • Legends of the Fall

4. Her Favorite Musical Artists

Music plays a large role in Melina’s life now, but that wasn’t always the case.  When she was a tween and teen, she listened on the rare occasion to her dad’s records. Her favorite was Steppenwolf.  In college, she began listening to contemporary music and was a fan of Matchbox Twenty, Train, Savage Garden, Sugar Ray, Maroon 5 and Nickelback.

In her mid-20s, she had cable television for the first time and discovered music videos (which in those days were still played on a channel called Fuse).  These introduced her to a variety of artists she previously had not been exposed to, and she was hooked.

She has heard it said that as we age, we prefer softer, more mellow music.  For Melina, the opposite has been true.  She has sought harder music as she’s aged and faced life’s challenges.

The following bands are those that she has  never grown tired of, despite having heard their songs for the past 15+ years.

  • My Chemical Romance
  • Chevelle
  • 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Green Day
  • Three Day’s Grace
  • AFI
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Nirvana

Two of the bands also have inspired her literary career and have helped her through difficult times.

5. If She Wasn’t an Author….

What would Melina be doing if she wasn’t an author or a freelance writer?

Before she wanted to be a novelist, she wanted to be an astronomer.  She still has an interest in the solar system’s planets, especially Mars, and moons, so she would be a planetary scientist.

History also is a love, so historian would be a good fit.

Her fantasy is to be a frontwoman in a rock band, but, hey, if the parallel universe hypothesis is correct, she might be somewhere.

6. When She’s Not Working….

Melina works a lot, whether it be for clients, her writing projects or housework and errands.  Despite her busy schedule, she practices yoga daily.  She listens to music throughout a good portion of her day as well as follows the news.

She also enjoy photography, especially landscapes and cityscapes but usually only get to indulge her hobby while on vacation.  Here’s an example of a recent photo.

Sunset at Avon, North Carolina, July 2019
Sunset at Avon, North Carolina, July 2019

7. Where Melina Writes and How Inspiration Strikes

Melina write in two places.  All her rough drafts are written by hand.  She writes those on the living room couch, usually after the rest of the household has gone to bed.  After rough drafts have been typed, she completes all subsequent drafts on the computer in her office.  The office also is where she completes client work.

She has  never once come up with an idea during a brainstorming session.  She finds that ideas come  best when she is not trying.  She often gets plot ideas from genealogy shows, documentaries, dreams and songs.

8. Places on Her Bucket List

Melina enjoy seeing new places and trying new things.  Unfortunately, she hasn’t had the opportunity to travel much .  Here are the places she’d like to visit the most.

  • London
  • Toronto
  • Barrie, Ontario (my protagonists’ hometown)
  • Los Angeles
  • Palm Springs
  • The San Antonio river walk
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The Australian outback
  • New Mexico
  • Arches National Park
  • Nevada
  • Take a Viking River Cruise
  • Savannah, Georgia

9. Three Words That Describe Her

Melina is an author and  self employed, so she could use the usual adjectives that appear on résumés and cover letters – creative, self motivated, organized, hard working, etc. – but instead we’ll go deeper.

  • Intuitive
  • Individualistic (She values her individuality and hopes you do as well.)
  • Obsessed (both with writing and music)

10. Her Favorite Quotations

“Those who appeal to the law of force should not complain if its decision is final.”

  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

“The worst of doing one’s duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.”

  • Edith Wharton

“We get knocked down. We get back up and stand above the crowd.”

  • Three Day’s Grace

“They who imagine truth in untruth, and see untruth in truth, never arrive at truth, but follow vain desires.”

  • Buddha

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