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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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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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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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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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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