My Story

DCPA_Melloni-27I am from a small town in Southwest Louisiana with a mixture of French, Cajun, and Creole heritage.  It has only 1,000 people but it is very rich in culture and tradition.  I am a true southern belle “with my heart on my sleeve.” I grew up writing songs and poetry about my feelings and the world around me. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a writer.  I did not know yet how to make a living writing nor did I want to work in journalism with deadlines and someone telling me what to write about. Growing up I also wanted to be a teacher, a nurse, an astronaut, an anthropologist and dig up Egypt. I chose first to be a teacher, graduated from college, moved out of LA and put aside my dream of being an author.

And the tugging on my heart never stopped. In all my roles throughout my career, I have always intertwined writing and teaching/training, whether working as a Program Director, Human Resource Recruiter, Education Coordinator or Language Arts Writer.  Both writing and training are passions of mine. I use both gifts to teach others how to express themselves, see a vision of their future and cross over into the life of their dreams. The desire to write has grown so strong sometimes it keeps me up at night and gets me out of bed. I am working on my first non-fiction book that will be published in 2020.

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I currently live in the Tampa Bay area with my wonderful husband and greatest fan. I enjoy vintage shopping, mixed-media art and paper crafts, writing (songs, jingles, poetry, picture books, non-fiction), singing, reading (both fiction and non-fiction, poetry) yoga, watching movies (sci-fi, renaissance, adventure, comedies, romance), dancing, and walking with my hubby by the ocean on Sundays after church.

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Interesting facts:

  • Chaos tamer
  • Current administrative assistant and new hire trainer 
  • Previous teacher and supervisor (Pre-K-middle school)
  • Volunteer event assistant and home/office organizer
  • Lover of all things paper, containers and pretty words
  • Anxiety and depression overcomer
  • Published poet