Melanie Mosher

In grade two, Melanie Mosher received a silver dollar for winning an essay contest and she has been fascinated with writing ever since. She now lives in a tiny green house with a bright orange door with her husband, Jim. Melanie loves to write for children. Her goal is to kindle their love of words, ignite their imaginations and spark their creativity. She has many freelance articles to her credit and her first picture book was published by Fifth House Publishers in May 2014. Her YA novel, Goth Girl, was published in April 2017 by Nimbus Publishing.

Mosher has a contagious enthusiasm when it comes to words. They can be wild and wacky or serious and somber. Recall your favourite poem or your most beloved children’s story; imagine a love letter that melted your heart or a great movie that moved your soul; ponder a motivational speech that stirred mankind to action or the to do list that stares at you from the desk. What do all of these things have in common? Words!

Publications: 

  • Goth Girl (YA novel, Nimbus Publishing, April 2017)
  • Fire Pie Trout (picture book, Fifth House Publishers, Spring 2014)
  • “Pet Horoscopes: Raccoon” (Zamoof! magazine, Jan/Feb 2012)
  • “The Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth” (AppleSeeds magazine, September 2011)
  • “Feet Up Chronicles: Toilet Triumphs” (Zamoof! magazine, March/April 2012)
  • “The Kids at Heart” (Lifestyle Nova Scotia Magazine, Fall 2004)
  • “Day Tripping in Nova Scotia” (Lifestyle Nova Scotia Magazine, Summer 2004)
  • “A Christmas Tradition” (Lifestyle Nova Scotia Magazine, Holiday issue 2003)
  • “Reading and Re-reading” (a bi-monthly column promoting children’s literature, Parent-Child Guide Book, 1998-1999)
  • “Down Memory Lane” (a monthly lifestyle column, The Senior’s Advocate, 1998-2000)
  • “Books, Books, Everywhere” (The Atlantic Connection, Fall 1999)
  • “Land Ho!” (The Halifax Herald, Feb 28, 1999)
  • “What’s Up With that Watermelon?” (ASK magazine, October 2013)
  • “The Life of a Pit Pony” (AppleSeeds magazine, January 2014)

Goth Girl (summary):

There are only three things that fifteen-year-old Victoria Markham truly enjoys: English class, her signature “Goth Girl” look, and art. It’s just that she tends to do the last one late at night, with spray paint, in public places. It isn’t long before Vic is caught red-handed and forced into community service with a bunch of stereotypes: there’s Rachael, the princess; Russell and Peter, a pair of fist-bumping punks; and Zach, the rich jock, who Vic is secretly crushing on. The motley crew has to collaborate to produce a mural for Halifax, but getting it organized is like herding cats.

On top of all that, Vic’s mother’s boyfriend, the only father figure Vic has ever known and the one who taught her to paint, left them both. Vic’s mother is still reeling, her relationship with her daughter strained. She doesn’t understand Vic’s insistence on spiking her hair, piercing her nose and lip, and wearing black clothing and heavy makeup. Vic is convinced her mother doesn’t care enough to find out what’s really behind the get-up.

Tensions run high as Vic tries to figure out who she is: Victoria Markham or Goth Girl? Sometimes, there’s more to people than meets the eye.

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