Melinda R. Cordell


My book, Courageous Women of the Civil War: Solders, Spies, Medics, and More, has been published by Chicago Review Press. I profile 16 amazing women who fought and saved lives during the Civil War. I brought some new stories about them to light, and tried to lay to rest some old myths.

I have a Top Secret Civil War Project coming up. Stay tuned.

Now I'm publishing a series of gardening books, drawing on my 20+ years as a municipal horticulturist, rose garden potentate, landscape designer, greenhouse manager, etc. I have a bad back now, but the memories live on! I've started the Easygrowing Gardening series with Don't Throw in the Trowel! Vegetable Gardening Month by Month. Up next is Rose to the Occasion: An Easy-Growing Guide to Rose Gardening.

I'll also have some novels coming out for young readers and young adults. Angel in the Whirlwind, a young adult short-story collection, is available. And now Butterfly Chaos is up!

I earned my Master’s in Writing for Children from Hamline University, where I worked with some award-winning writers. My fiction and articles have appeared in Cricket, Highlights, The Horn Book, Organic Gardening, Birds and Blooms, and Grit.

If you're on Twitter, stop by and say hi at @rosefiend, or visit my website at Thanks very much for stopping by.

Where to find Melinda R. Cordell online

Twitter: @rosefiend
Wattpad: rosefiend


What You Can't Take Back
Price: Free! Words: 57,550. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
To Zanny, being in seventh grade is like having a bit part in Village of the Damned. After mortifying herself for the millionth time, she makes a desperate wish for a defender and friend. She never expects her older self to show up – especially not as a ghost fresh from a car wreck. Seventh grade was bad enough, but now Zanny is frantic to change her future so she doesn’t die young.

Melinda R. Cordell's tag cloud

death    family    ghosts    grief    hope    loneliness    midwest    timetravel    tornado