Melanie Bishop

Writing, Teaching, Editing, Retreats





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My So-Called Ruined Life, Book One of the Tate McCoy Series, (Torrey House Press, January, 2014)

Sweetest review. Thanks to Emmy Gilbert!

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment

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:

Some Glad Morning, (memoir), unpublished

Home for Wayward Girls, (cycle of linked stories), unpublished


2 thoughts on “Books

  1. Is this still going to be a series?

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