Melda Beaty


Melda Beaty is an author, playwright, English lecturer, and writing consultant. She resides in Chicago, Illinois with her three gifted and beautiful daughters.
Her debut novel, Lime (2012), is being hailed as America’s Next Top Model meets Burning Bed. It is the first book to explore notions of beauty and bonds of friendship against the horrors of domestic violence. Melda is also the author/editor of a diverse and cathartic compilation of non-fiction writings by black women from across the United States. My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers won the 2006 National Fresh Voices Award. She published articles on minority student recruitment and retention in Black Issues in Higher Education, Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education, In Search of Fatherhood Forum and Proud Parent Journal. Melda’s prolific writing style led to an invitation to pen several short stories and poems for the Educational Testing Service for the California Achievement Test. Her current play, Front Porch Society, delves into the complex lives of four elderly black women in rural Mississippi Delta on the eve of the 2008 presidential election. FPS was read at Chicago Dramatist Theatre in 2011.
Melda earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in Writing at Illinois State University. She currently teaches college English at South University. She is also a college writing specialist for Chicago Public Schools through her consulting business, College Bound Consulting.
Melda enjoys cardio and strength training, cycling, swimming, the theater, concerts, traveling, reading, and listening to NPR.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
"The Bird Family" was one of three stories I wrote in fourth grade. There was daddy bird, mama bird, baby brother bird and little sister bird. I imagined they lived in the big tree that partially covered the front side of our condominium on Chicago's west side. Those three stories won my school's hobby fair and sent me to the district hobby fair!
What do you read for pleasure?
I hang out with a wonderful community of "gym rats" three to four times a week at LA Fitness gym. We lift weights, ride bikes, swim, jump up and down on step boards, climb stairs, and....repeat! It's great solace for the mind and body. I also take great pleasure in dining out with good friends, attending live theatre/live music concerts, watching rented movies, and traveling. My daughters are also a source of pleasure. Their curious and brilliant minds enjoy new, exciting, and entertaining adventures with mom.
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,730. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Lime centers on the life of Lime Prince, a green-eyed international supermodel of mixed Jamaican-Ethiopian heritage who lands the cover of Vogue and becomes the new face of haute couture. Though she takes the New York fashion world by storm, her sordid, violent past comes back to haunt her. Lime balances glamour with pain, beauty with violence against women.

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beauty    domestic violence    ethiopia    fashion    friendship    modeling    new york