Interview with Melina Druga

When did you first start writing?
I was in the fourth grade, although I remember creating "newspapers" even earlier than that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about two sisters living in an 1840s canal town.
What is your writing process?
1. Preplan
2. Research
3. Write first draft long hand
4. Type draft
5. Do additional research
6. Revise multiple times
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Working on my own projects is never work. So, writing, in and of itself, is joy. I also find great joy in the research and planning stages.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I practice yoga daily. I also enjoy photography and travel.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is Edith Wharton. You can find out why by visiting my blog post "Edith Wharton: Writing About Love, Hypocrisy and the Gilded Age" at http://www.melinadruga.com/edith-wharton-writing-about-love-hypocrisy-the-gilded-age/ .
What are you working on next?
I always have several projects -- fiction and nonfiction -- going at different stages of completion.
Published 2018-02-12.
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Books by This Author

A Tale of Two Nations
Price: $4.99 USD. (Free until Aug. 31!) Words: 31,510. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
A Tale of Two Nations is the story of North American countries that found themselves embroiled in an European war – one by circumstance and one by choice. The book discusses two pivotal events from each year of the Great War – one from an American perspective and one from a Canadian one – and reveals how newspapers at the time handled wartime coverage.
A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 (part five)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
In the final installment of A Tale of Two Nations: Armistice is declared at last, ending the Great War. However, joy is tempered by the Spanish Flu pandemic.
A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 (part four)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,190. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » History » North America
In Part Four, not long after his second inauguration, President Woodrow Wilson, following years of pledging American neutrality, declares war on Germany. Meanwhile, the Battle of Vimy Ridge often is called Canada’s coming of age, but is that how contemporary newspapers viewed the victory?
A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 (part three)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,760. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » Native American
Canada participates in the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in history and the battle that introduces the tank, yet papers back home are preoccupied elsewhere. In the United States, the presidential election of 1916 brings out opposing viewpoints. Will the populous re-elect President Woodrow Wilson who kept the nation out of the war?
A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WWI (part two)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,140. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
In Part Two, spring of 1915 is consumed with two traumatic events. The Canadian Expeditionary Force passes its trial by fire, entering battle for the first time and winning glory while becoming victims of a chlorine gas attack. A month later, the United States is shocked that German submarine warfare has killed civilians.
A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and World War I (Part one: 1914)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » History » Native American
This is a tale of two nations and how newspapers covered the storm clouds that were enveloping Europe. In Part One, we explore the war’s beginning. While Canada was eager to do its duty, American was transfixed on how to profit from an European war.
Enterprising Women: A Practical Guide to Starting Your First Business
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You've decided to go into business for yourself. Congratulations! Now what? How do you turn your dreams into reality? You do it through dedication, hard work and a sound plan. Enterprising Women: A Practical Guide to Starting Your First Business is a basic, guide for planning your first business. It's an indispensable guide for any woman who wants to go into business for herself.