Interview with Melanie Jean Juneau

What are you working on next?
I have written hundreds of hilarious stories which could only happen when you put nine kids on a small family farm.One Breath at a Time is a collection stories about pets and farm animals, gardening, laundry and chaos as well as more serious reflections on kids and family life from the perspective of an amused, slightly baffled woman who never expected to be the mother of a large brood.
How did you start writing?
Three years ago, when I closeted myself in a room to sit down and write, I froze. I considered writing to be a solitary craft but looking at a blank screen or talking into thin air was a sterile exercise in futility for me. I could not translate the same creative energy that I experienced telling a story verbally to the keyboard. My intuitive, imaginative side stayed buried and my logical intellect wrote boring drivel.

I was struggling to start writing again, after raising a large family when I discovered blogs, blogging sites and blogging directories. I snapped to attention. Suddenly, I was thinking up a username, a title for a blog, looking at templates and design and layout. All these activities loosened up my creativity while I sat typing.

It was like an invisible barrier slowly melted, allowing my imagination to bubble up in a stream of written words that felt just as exhilarating as my oral tradition. I was excited to start sharing written stories with other people, people who would read them, respond, comment and give me feed back on what I had written. Within weeks, I was no longer an island but part of a community of other writers who had the very same insecurities and problems as I did.

At first I felt like I had just stepped off a spaceship into an alien world; I did not know how to do anything. Reading directions on-line was useless; I couldn’t understand half the words they used, never mind how to follow their directions.

Early on I read that writers are supportive and unselfishly helpful, rejoicing in each others success and offering free guidance . Well, I discovered that this statement is true. Soon I was confident enough to apply to join blogging communities, then to be a columnist
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis and have read it many times. I would love to write a fantasy with an underlying spiritual message which entertains as much as it reveals gems of wisdom. Of course, I must include the Bible, the most popular book in history because it is a constant source of nourishment, wisdom and guidance with countless layers of imagery and meaning, Shakespeare is brilliant. I loved the Harry Potter series ( even though some people think they are a bad influence, I marvel at the author's imagination and creativity),. I could hardly put down The Lord of the Rings Trilogy at 15 years old. I suppose I love to delve into the make believe world of gifted writers and function with what Coleridge would call the suspension of disbelief.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a bookworm, reading at least five books a week for pleasure until about 16 when homework became too heavy to continue. My mother used to say, "Well at least read outside!". Even today, I become so involved in a good book, hours pass before I know it. Once, when I tried to limit my late night reading, I sat on the edge of a cold tub. Two hours later, I finally became conscious that I was stiff, sore, cold hungry and thirsty, but I had not even noticed until I was in pain.
Published 2015-02-22.
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Books by This Author

Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,400. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Family
Written by 5 Catholic Women: Melanie Jean Juneau, Anna Eastland, Bonnie Way, Monique Les, Monique LeBlanc. Compiled and edited by Roberta Cottam, this slender anthology encourages today's moms in their vocation of motherhood . From inspiring poetry to practical tips, essays that capture the small moments of motherhood and refle
Oopsy Daisy
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Family
Life at the Juneau's farmhouse was often overwhelming with eleven personalities living, working and playing together. Luckily, Melanie had a wicked sense of humour and just enough grace to remain serene in the eye of the hurricane, the CEO of a chaotic domain. She has written hundreds of short stories, insights and articles which only could happen when you put nine kids together on a farm.
Echoes of the Divine
Price: Free! Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Family
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Although babies are preverbal, they are perceptive and remember, even their time in the womb. Since infants come from God, they are more spiritual than adults ever imagined. Melanie offers insights through slice-of-life stories which will surprise you and make you laugh. Her writing is humourous and heartwarming, thoughtful and thought provoking with a current of spirituality running through it.