building A publishing empire
Melinda R. Cordell has written a truckload of YA novels, including the Dragonriders of Skala series (like Game of Thrones, only with Vikings), and her newest series, the Dragonriders of Fiorenza, which is set in Dante's world of medieval Italy.
A former city horticulturist and a long-time garden writer, Melinda has also written 12 books in the Easy-Growing Gardening series and has started a new series, the Hungry Garden series, about growing food plants in small spaces and unlikely places.
Melinda lives in northwest Missouri with her husband and two kids, the best little family to walk the earth, and is writing about 24 books at once, fueled by passion and also caffeine.
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From the author:
I've written books since I was a little girl. I used to make books in Mrs. Roger's third-grade class, when I'd fold a piece of paper into a 2-inch square, staple one side, then cut the pages apart and write the story and draw the pictures. Then Mrs. Rogers would say, "Mindy, get back to work!" and I would quickly put my book away and get back to my math lesson. I'm still not much good in math.
I got my bachelor's degree in Horticulture, then earned my Master’s in Writing for Children from Hamline University, where I worked with some great writers, including Gary Schmidt, Marsha Chall, Jane Resh Thomas, and Mary Logue. My fiction and articles have appeared in Cricket, Highlights, and The Horn Book, as well as Organic Gardening, Birds and Blooms, and Grit.
I published my first book in August 2016, Courageous Women of the Civil War – and the very next month I started self-publishing. Altogether, I have 26 books out right now with more coming down the pike. I have a series of 11 gardening books, as well as the Dragonriders of Skala series, which is like Game of Thrones with Vikings and dragons, as well as sundry other books.
Up next are more gardening books, as well as a new series called The Owl-Bearers.
I’m having a blast right now.
I’m a former horticulturist turned proofreader, a chicken wrangler, small-time naturalist. If I were a bird I would probably be a nuthatch. No specific reason, I just really get a kick out of nuthatches.
This is me when I was the horticulturist for the St. Joseph Parks and Rec Department, lying down in front of the fan to cool off. The dog's name was Marcus -- I wrote a short story about him in my book Fifteen Inches Tall and Bulletproof because he was the best damn dog in the world.