About the Author

Melanie Vallely (rhymes with Galilee) is a contemporary women’s fiction writer living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.

She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University’s College of Communication with a BS in Advertising and a minor in Fine Arts.

After many years of writing, she discovered her niche in Women’s Fiction, Magical Realism. She loves to see the magic in the mundane and the beauty that is abundant in everyday life in the Pacific Northwest.

She has written for The Stay Strong Mom and has an essay published in Issue 5 of Flourish Motherhood magazine. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association.

When not writing, you can find Melanie hanging out with her husband and daughters, playing the piano, gardening, or dusting off her collection of antique books.


Where the Memories Live (Work in Progress)

Lyddie Erikson has failed. Again. The only way to salvage her business before her family discovers her failure is to accept the inheritance her late grandmother promised her. But, when the will is read, Lyddie’s perfect older sister receives the money, and Lyddie is left with her grandmother’s crumbling beach home on the Oregon Coast.

With her rent due, and no way to pay it, Lyddie resigns herself to the house by the sea. Her new life consists of renovations and walks through the forests and beaches of her childhood where, to her shock, memories of bygone happy summers roam alive. As Lyddie peels back layers of yellowing wallpaper and memories, she soon begins to peel back the layers of her family’s darkened past. When Lyddie discovers more than she bargained for, she hopes she can overcome the past to repair her relationship with her sister as well as secure a failure-free future.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Soren Kierkegaard

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