Featured Interview With Melina Druga
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I often say, “I didn’t choose writing as a profession. It chose me.” I have been writing both fiction and nonfiction since I was a child. I have dozens of unpublished works that are decades old. Professionally, I didn’t begin writing until the turn of the century. I write news articles and blogs for clients. I am the author of three published books and contributor to a fourth.
I also am a history enthusiast. My area of study is the period 1890-1920 with a particular interest in WW1 and how the war changed the lives of ordinary people. I blog mostly about history on my website with the goal of educating those who know little or nothing about the topic. My most recent book, A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1, explores how the war was reported in newspapers.
I’m currently working on an historical fiction novel, and I plan on writing a book on crime in the 1910s.
I was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, and I still live here. I am married to a wonderful, mom to an intelligent daughter, and we have a black cat.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was very young. I credit The Little House on the Prairie series for giving me both a love of reading and history. I began writing when I was about eight years old.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite author is Edith Wharton. I was introduced to her novels after I saw the film version of The Age of Innocence. My favorite fiction genres are classics and historical fiction. My favorite nonfiction subjects are history and astronomy.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My most recent book, A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1, explores how the war was reported in newspapers. I was inspired by two things. The first is my love of the time period, in particular who the war had lasting affects on ordinary people. The second is my own experience working as a journalist. I know how news can change as the facts come in. I wanted to look at the war without the benefit of hindsight and analysis to learn what people were reading and what they believed to be true.
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