It was my pleasure to interview fellow Florida writer, Melinda Clayton for the Platina Post.
Melinda is just a couple of hours north of us, in Deltona, where she and her family live. Melinda is the author of two series: The Cedar Hollow Series, which includes novels Appalachian Justice, Return to Crutcher Mountain, Entangled Thorns, and Shadow Days; and, The Tennessee Delta Series, which includes Blessed Are the Wholly Broken and A Woman Misunderstood. She also authored Making Amends, a novel of psychological suspense.
In addition to writing, Melinda has an Ed.D. in Special Education Administration and is a licensed psychotherapist in the states of Florida and Colorado.
Melinda, how long have you been writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I began writing professionally sometime around 2007-2008. I’m a psychotherapist as well as a writer, and about ten years ago I decided I needed to cut back on direct care hours with clients in order to focus more time on my children. I began to branch out with writing mental health/relationship-type articles for various magazines and newsletters, as well as a few grant proposals for our local ARC. From there, I graduated to writing short stories, published in both magazines and anthologies, and in 2010 my first novel was published.