Melissa Harker Ridenour


Melissa Harker Ridenour is a published children’s book author and freelance writer with a Master’s degree in Education and Library Science. Melissa is an education writer for Demand Media Studios, as well. She has taught children and served as a school librarian for thirty years. Her first book, What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers was published in May of 2011 by Headline Kids, (a division of Headline Books, Incorporated). It was honored as a National Book Award Finalist USA Book News. In addition, it is a Readers’ Favorite Five Star book. In addition, the book is being recommended by the Child Rescue

Melissa's second book, The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale, is an anti-bullying book published by Write Solution Ink.It also received a very favorable review from Reader's Favorite.

As an author of books that have advocated for the safety and well-being of children, Melissa has presented local workshops to school children to teach them about stranger safety and to teach them how to deal with bullying, both of which are subjects of her first two books.

Her third book,soon to be released by Crimson Cloak Publishing, is called Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children's Tales of Fright and Delight. It is a collection of ghost stories geared for middle school children and teens. The book is divided into three parts. Part one has three somewhat scarier stories (but not too scary). Part two has three stories that involve more mischievous and playful ghosts to delight children and teens. Part three has a researched chapter called, "Are Ghosts Real?". This chapter presents evidence, or lack of evidence, from both believers and non-believers in the possible existence of ghosts.

Readers can access biographical information about Melissa Harker Ridenour and her books at her book website, Melissa Harker Ridenour Books – Additional resume information can be accessed through her Linked-In profile - www.linkedin/in/melissaridenour.

Smashwords Interview

What was your inspiration for writing your first book?
I have a couple of reasons for writing my first book, What Would You Do?A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers, beginning with a traumatic memory from my childhood. My very good childhood friend and classmate was abducted, raped and murdered by a predator. Adding to the tragedy of the story is the fact that her mother, the next year, committed suicide. She was never able to cope with the loss of her daughter, especially in such a violent way.

That haunting memory has always affected me, even as I became a mother myself. One of my greatest fears as a young mother, and even now that my children are grown with children of their own, is that something similar could happen to my children or grandchildren. That fear, combined with the alarming statistics regarding missing and exploited children is the second reason that prompted me to write a book that would teach children to take a pro-active role in staying safe from predator harm and to help parents and other child caregivers learn how to keep children safe from abduction or harm.
What is your writing process?
First I brainstorm for ideas. Then I complete an outline and a sketch of major and minor characters if the work is fiction. If my work is a piece of non-fiction, I research and document everything thoroughly.

Then it is just getting down to basics of writing, re-writing, and editing, all of which are extremely tedious and time-consuming. As Oscar Wilde said, "I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out."
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Where to buy in print


Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes
Series: Crimson Cloak Educational. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Girls & Women
Playing dress-up in her mother's shoes, Shelby's imagination takes her all over the world. But she comes to realize that she has the power to make her own dreams come true. With a chapter of information on achieving Girl Power, for parents to share, this is a lighthearted book of empowerment for children.
Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children's Tales of Fright and Delight
Series: Crimson Cloak Educational. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,990. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
Here are six ghostly tales to delight children, with a chapter discussing the question of ghostly apparitions generally. DO YOU BELIEVE? Read this book to decide!

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