Melanie S. Hatter is the winner of the 2011 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize for her debut novel, “The Color of My Soul.” Her short stories have appeared in The Whistling Fire, TimBookTu and Diverse Voices Quarterly, and her short story, “Obsessed with Claudia,” won the First Annual Romantic Tales Writing Contest.
Born and raised in Scotland (UK), Melanie received a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University. She has a background in journalism and corporate communications.
What's the story behind your latest book?
These are short stories that I've written over the years. When I reviewed them I noticed a theme of love and loss -- failed relationships, troubled families and heartbreaks. Some of them were published, but most of them were not. Every so often I would reread them and make tweaks until, finally, I felt I needed to release them to the world. It's true what they say, that stories are like your children. It was time to let them go out into the world and make their own way, without me continuing to groom them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, one of the older versions. I won it in a raffle about three years ago and I enjoy it more than I thought I would. Although, nothing can beat licking my fingers to turn paper pages.
This collection of 15 poignant stories explores the tenuous hold we have on those we love, the heartache of loss, and the peace of self-discovery. The characters make their way through an often confusing world. They grapple with the complex nature of relationships and struggle to understand their place in such roles as wife, husband, lover, mother, daughter.