Author: Melina Druga

Most kids have an active imagination. My imagination has stayed strong into adulthood, and I’ve funneled that creativity into a successful writing career. I write history, both fiction and nonfiction, because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past is not. My goal is to bring the past to life in all its myriad of colors.
Book Reviews and Excerpts Writing & Editing

An Excerpt From The Exsanguination of the Second Society

The following is an excerpt of The Exsanguination of the Second Society: Scholarly Historical Fiction Relating to Robeson County, North Carolina’s Tuscaroras by Stephanie M. Sellers.  It is from Chapter 5: The Good-Old-Boys Club Sucks Now. It was provided by the author. Miss Lucy found eggs and canned biscuits in the refrigerator and had breakfast […]

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An Interview with Stephanie M. Sellers

Stephanie M. Sellers describes her hobbies as “country.”  She enjoys gardening – including growing hemp and raising “Thanksgiving” and “Christmas” Bronze Breasted turkeys –  caring for dogs, hiking, and horses. Everything she likes, except writing, she says, involves getting dirty.  In the summer, she can go through three outfits a day. Sellers has been writing […]

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Alaskans Celebrate July Fourth: This Week in History

Alaska was still a territory in 1913, but that didn’t stop it from having a fun-fill July Fourth, judging from the coverage in the Alaska Daily Empire in Juneau on July 5 and July 7. In the capital city, between 3,000 and 4,000 people gathered to watch a baseball game, and the area’s three ferries […]

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How to Throw a Book Launch Party

A book launch party is an excellent way to debut your newest novel to the world.  For those who are household names or have support of a large, traditional publisher, the party is probably thrown on your behalf.  For independent authors or those who don’t have a publisher’s support, the burden of throwing a party […]

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An Excerpt of A Cobbler’s Tale

The following is an excerpt of A Cobbler’s Tale by Neil Perry Gordon.  It is from Chapter 52: Moshe’s Bar Mitzvah. It was provided by the author. Clara said little in the days after Captain Berbecki’s assault on her and on her village. She talked to no one about it. The rebbetzin cautiously approached, but […]

Fiction Writing & Editing

Meet the Bartlettes: Extended Family in the WW1 Trilogy

The Bartlettes are extended family to the Stewards in my WW1 Trilogy.  The trilogy is comprised of Angel of Mercy (released in 2019), Those Left Behind (estimated publication date of 2020 or 2021) and Adjustment Year (to follow six months later). Here are the six members of the Bartlette family: Amelia: Amelia has been friends […]

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An Interview with Neil Perry Gordon

Neil Perry Gordon is single with two sons, living in Park Ridge, New Jersey. He is the founder, owner and operator of a window covering business named Decorating with Fabric. He enjoys a healthy lifestyle consisting of organic and biodynamic grown foods and vigorous daily exercise. He has served as president of a natural foods […]

the Writing Process Writing & Editing

Writing Retreats: What Are They Are and How to Find Them

Writing retreats are opportunities for writers to sequester themselves away and accomplish one goal – writing.  Some retreats are held in conjunction with writers conferences and workshops while others are less formals. No matter the type of retreat, you will travel and get a change of scenery that hopefully will help spark your creativity. The […]

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Prayers for Missionaries: This Week in History

Members of the congregations of three churches – one Baptist, one Presbyterian and one Methodist – gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, to pray for missionaries, the Raleigh Times reported June 25, 1900.  The missionaries were serving in China and the Far East during the early days of the Boxer Rebellion. The service opened with a […]

Fiction Writing & Editing

Meet the Stewards: The Main Characters in the WW1 Trilogy

The Stewards are the main characters in my WW1 Trilogy comprised of Angel of Mercy (released in 2019), Those Left Behind (estimated publication date of 2020 or 2021) and Adjustment Year (to follow six months later). Here are the 10 members of the Steward family: Benjamin: The man of the family, although perhaps not its […]

Edwardian era History United States

Alexander Krieschwzi Goes to Trial for Murder: This Week in History

Seventeen-year-old Alexander Krieschwzi was on trial for the murder of his father, Lewis, the Evening Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, reported on June 9. 1908.  The teen was “a respectable-looking lad who did not appear to realize the seriousness of his position.” The elder Krieschwzi was murdered March 15, 1908, following an argument. According to the […]

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Grants for Writers: What Are They and How to Find Them

Were you aware that grants are available for writers?  Grants are funds given to businesses, government entities and nonprofit organizations for a specific purpose.  Let’s examine where you can find grants for writers. Arts Writers Grant Program The grant supports new and emerging writers with a literary style and is awarded annually.  Grants are awarded […]

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