Melissa Bowersock is an eclectic award-winning writer who turns her hand to any kind of story that moves her, be it contemporary or western, action or romance, spiritual or satire, biography or memoir. To date she has published 12 novels and one non-fiction.
In her spare time she enjoys photography and is a certified hypnotherapist. She volunteers as webmaster for the International Board of Regression Therapists (www.ibrt.org).
Ms. Bowersock lives in a small town in northern Arizona with her husband and an Airedale terrier. More information is available at www.newmoonrising.net and www.melissabowersock.com.
How did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a family of introverts and readers (same thing?). My mother was a teacher and my father was an artist so creativity and knowledge were both highly prized in our family. As introverts, we were all much more inner-directed than outer-directed, so we would all be more apt to be reading or pursuing our own personal endeavors rather than socializing or entertaining. I'm sure having a rich inner life contributed greatly to my first attempts at story-telling and my father (also a writer) was a terrific sounding board and champion of my efforts.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story was about bunny rabbits. I was about 5. I do not remember the plot nor the characters, and although I'm sure it was riveting, it has been lost to time. The only thing I do remember is my mother reading it and asking me how I knew to put the quotes around the bits of dialog. I just said that that's the way I had seen it in books, so that's what I did.
Howard Munns (1911-2002) was a gifted self-taught artist. Born in a homesteader's sod hut on the barren plains of Montana, orphaned by the age of 17, his early life was tempered by poverty and hardship and annealed by the Great Depression. The View from the Summit is his story in his own words.
Postcards from Mr. Pish: South and West Edition is a great way to introduce kids to the varied and wonderful sites in the southern and western areas of our country. On his travels from state to state, Mr. Pish gives interesting tidbits about both the civilized and the natural world, combining history, geology, geography and pop culture in a fun commentary that kids will enjoy. Mr. Pish's excitement and joy of adventure is contagious, "infecting" children with his questions and encouraging them to go on their own journeys of discovery and share what they learn. The maps that record each leg of the journey are helpful in that kids can zero in on areas of interest and pursue their own investigations. As in all Mr. Pish books, his thoughts and emotions mirror those of kids and his journey becomes their journey. He's a terrific ambassador for our very own country, and makes learning fun.