Bringing the Past to Life in All Its Myriad of Color
Melina Druga has had a lifelong love of books and the English language. It began when she was a child, writing articles for a fictional city’s newspaper. She wrote her first “novel” in fourth grade about two sisters living in an 1840s canal town. Melina attributes the Little House on the Prairie series for inspiring in her a love history and historical fiction.
As an adult, Melina achieved a degree in English and worked for a time as a reporter and copy editor for a her hometown newspaper. The newsroom is where she met her husband, John, a fellow copy editor. She has been self employed as a freelance writer since 2011, working with small, mostly female-led companies, and online publications.
Melina’s first book, Enterprising Women: Practical Advice for First Time Entrepreneurs, debuted in 2013. It was followed by eight other nonfiction books: Enterprising Women: A Practical Guide to Starting Your First Business, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WWI; and Heinous: Forgotten Murders from the 1910s.
In 2019, Melina made the switch to fiction, publishing the first novel in her WWI trilogy, Angel of Mercy. It was followed by Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year in 2020 and this year.
Currently, Melina is working on a trio of novellas that tell the stories of Hettie’s (the main character in the trilogy) mother, grandmother and great-grandmother during pivotal points as young women. She’s also been working during the pandemic on a project that can best be described as contemporary women’s fiction.
Music plays a large role in Melina’s creative process, and she never writes without hard rock. It provides her with inspiration, motivation, serves as a mood lifter, and keeps her alert and focused. She often says the portion of her brain that isn’t filled with fictional characters is filled with song lyrics.
Melina writes about the past because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past was not. Her era of expertise, and obsession, is 1890-1920 with a particular focus on the Great War and how it affected the lives of ordinary people.
Melina’s other interests and hobbies include yoga, photography, astronomy, travel and healthy eating.