Melanie Bishop

Writing, Teaching, Editing, Retreats


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Thanks to Goodreads reviewer, Laurie MacDiarmid, for this generous take on My So-Called Ruined Life.

“I loved this first novel, not only for the sassy, smart, language obsessed narrator but also for Bishop’s writing. The novel’s mixture of reflection, imagery and action is perfect, and her characters are complex and engaging. And since I’m a fan of mysteries, I was hooked from the start. I was reminded while reading of the best philosophical moments in John Green, and the delicious darkness of Gillian Flynn. This young adult novel will appeal to readers of all ages. I, for one, look forward to the next book in the series.”


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Comparison to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars? Wow. Thank you, Elizabeth!

“I opened My So-Called Ruined Life and was immediately hooked.  Even though Tate McCoy is in the midst of some rather horrific circumstances (mother murdered and dad accused!) she maintains a positive attitude.   Melanie’s dialogue and character development reminded me  of  John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.  Both stories feature teen girls facing heart-breakingly tough problems and rising above and beyond them with humor and grace.  I will recommend this book to my customers.”
— Elizabeth for River House Books, Carmel, CA


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Sweetest review of my book this week. Thanks to Emmy Gilbert!

So, once upon a time I received one of the most inspiring and kind emails ever from Melanie Bishop, an editor at the literary mag Alligator Juniper. She told me,

“I mean, when you have a gift…you almost have an obligation to humanity, to art, to beauty, to be a writer–to keep utilizing and nurturing your talent. If your college writing teachers did not tell you this, they were remiss.”

Awesome, right? Well, now Ms. Bishop has written a YA novel called, My So-Called Ruined Life and I read it today in less than three hours because it’s that good.

Forget about sparkly vampires and gossiping girls, this book is the real deal, something my favorite librarian, Mrs. Whitney, would have shoved in my face and excitedly told me I MUST read!

Are you a girl (or a boy)? Do you have fond memories of Speak and Cut and The Perks of Being A Wallflower and maybe a little bit of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging? My So-Called Ruined Life is all of that, updated and real.

If you know a young adult, or consider yourself a young adult, or, like me, you’re 27 and still enjoy reading about high school, here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/So-Called-Ruined-Life-McCoy-Series/dp/1937226212/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389820469&sr=8-1&keywords=my+so+called+ruined+life