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.
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In My Home Library: Short Stories by Louisa May Alcott

I first read Short Stories by Louisa May Alcott in a college American Literature course.  Prior to this short story collection, my only encounter with Alcott’s writing had been Little Women and even that was an abridged version published in the 1970s or ‘80s and sold to children. While Little Women is a 19th century […]

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My Writing Strength: Snappy Dialogue

Writers often are asked, “What is your strength?  Narrative or dialogue?”  That’s an easy question for me to answer.  My writing strength is dialogue. My characters’ dialogue rarely changes between the rough draft and the published version. My narrative passages, on the other hand, will go through five or more drafts.  I blame my journalism […]

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In My Home Library: The Age of Innocence

I first read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton after watching the 1993 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder. I absolutely loved the costumes and the sets.  I was attracted to the story because the struggle Newland Archer endures would never occur in modern society.  Newland falls in love with one woman […]

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1918 Relaunches June 10

1918 relaunched June 10.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2018.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Indigo, Angus & Robertson, and more. To find an e-retailer visit https://books2read.com/1918  . 1918 Book Blurb Delight tempered by disease. On Nov. 11, 1918, the war ends, prompting […]

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In My Home Library: Canada 1911

I first read Canada 1911: The Decisive Election That Shaped the Country by Patrice Dutil and David MacKenzie while researching my WWI Trilogy.  Although 1911 is prior to the Great War, the results of that year’s federal election were felt for years. The federal election of 1911 is one of the dirtiest in Canadian history.  […]

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In My Home Library: 100 Best-Loved Poems

I first read 100 Best-Loved Poems for one of my college classes.  Unlike many of the books that were required reading for my classes, this one was a quick read.  However, poetry isn’t always straightforward, so when it comes to comprehension, the book actually may have been more difficult to understand than the lengthiest novels. […]

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Memorial Day Weekend Book Giveaway!

Memorial Day weekend book giveaway! I’m giving away my WW1 trilogy to one lucky winner.  The winner will receive paperback copies of Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year.  The trilogy follows Hettie and her family as they navigate the challenges and heartbreak World War 1 brings. Each novel is a standalone story. […]

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1917 Relaunches May 27

1917 relaunched May 27.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2018.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Indigo, Angus & Robertson, and more. To find an e-retailer visit https://books2read.com/1917 . 1917 Book Blurb Like two years earlier, 1917 is a chaotic spring. Canadian troops easily […]

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In My Home Library: World War I in 100 Objects

I first read World War I in 100 Objects by Pete Doyle while I researching and writing my WWI trilogy.  The book was a gift from my husband who felt it might be helpful for my research. As the title indicates, Doyle examines 100 objects that tell the story of the Great War.  Each object […]

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Author’s Life: Unboxing My First Fiction Manuscripts

Angel of Mercy is the first novel I published, but it is not my first novel.  I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old.  Because I began writing before I had a home computer, until very recently, all my stories were written longhand in a series of notebooks.  I kept these notebooks over the […]

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