About Me

MJHi, my name is Melissa Janda and I’m a writer.

Why does that statement make me feel like I’m standing at an AA meeting confessing a secret addiction? Well, it has been a secret. I’ve been a closet writer since 2009. Before that, I only allowed the stories to swirl around in my head as I doubted my ability to translate them to paper.

I tried on other, safer labels in my search for a career. Artist? No, I’d starve to death. Architect? No, I’d design buildings that would collapse. Maxillofacial Surgeon? No, that involves blood, silly. I’ve got it: Accountant. Seriously?

That’s right. I didn’t just try it on; I wore that label for far too long. I thought climbing the corporate ladder would quell that nagging voice inside me, the voice that told me the label didn’t fit. I tugged at those ill-fitting seams for years until they were stretched and ragged and hung from my miserable frame. When I finally had the courage to write, it just felt right. No other label has ever fit so perfectly. It was snug in all the right places like it was custom tailored just for me.

Writing gives me a feeling of euphoria that no drug could possibly replicate. I have finally admitted my addiction. Better yet, I have posted it here, in cyberspace, for the world to see and it feels wonderfully liberating.

This is my story, my journey to becoming a published author. I hope it has a good ending.

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85 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Melissa,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following. Your description above could fit me if you replace “accountant” with “paralegal”. I have been writing since I was 8 and I agree, there is no drug quite like putting pen to paper (so to speak).

    Very happy to join you on your writing journey!

    1. Hi Lori!
      Thanks for your comment! Your blog really resonated with me. We have similar thoughts and experiences. I’ve always created stories in my mind and thought everyone else did too. I’m finding it’s not that common. I’m fighting a slower metabolism too. I can just look at food and gain weight. LOL. I was also in a car accident that nearly took my life, thus the reference to the career as a maxillofacial surgeon. I am also fighting back problems (bulging disc) and a pulled hammy that are keeping me from the activities that I love (running, biking, tennis, etc.) but the plus is that it has given me more time to pursue my passion…writing! So good to meet you Lori!

    2. Hello Sweet Melissa, I wanted to give you a personal thank you for you liking my posts and being a positive supporter. I try to connect on a personal basis with my followers and the ones I follow. I have truly found a place in my heart for you. God Bless, Barb

  2. hi,melissa!
    just saying hello and to say what a wonderful blog you have here.
    i share the same-ish ideals as yourself…always wanted to write full time, but always afraid that it wont pay the bills, blah, blah, blah…you know the story!
    one day….one day….;)

  3. Well, I just clicked on your name and guess what? I found a terrific blog! 😀 I like your attitude and style of writing…so hoping for more! 😀

  4. Melissa, There seems to be a case of Award Fever going on in the blogosphere! I know that you too are probably still reeling from the last award but if you check out my blog for today when you get a chance I left you a Best Moment Award. As I said to others it’s up to you what you do with your award, the point is I want to say my thank-you in return! Hope you’re having a beautiful day 🙂 XOXO

  5. it feels like you are at an AA meeting because admitting you are a writer is admission of an unnatural compulsion (See my blog to see I am speaking about myself), one that, if only you could rid your life of, you would have peace, but you do not want to get rid of this part of you. Addiction? Well, I am.

    Nice piece

  6. Hi Melissa! Happy to meet you, and thanks for the follow! Hope you like what you read on my pages as much as I like what I’m reading here.

  7. Hi Melissa. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. It does sometimes feel like a bit of a bald confession to call oneself a writer, doesn’t it? But I believe the first step in truly being a writer is thinking of yourself as one, and having the courage to say the word … not unlike a 12 Step program, eh? 😉 Happy writing!

  8. Yay Melissa! I’m so glad you are writing. I always thought of you as such a creative person! I know Accounting wasn’t intended to be your career, but I’m grateful it was for a season. For if it weren’t, you wouldn’t have hired/took a chance on me, an overly confident accountant who jumped feet first into compliance. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you taking a chance on me. I’m so excited you are taking a chance on a new career. I can’t wait to read your book when it comes out. I’m happy you have this blog so I can keep up with you and be inspired. You have always inspired me. So very proud of you friend!

    1. Aww, Andrea. You’re going to make me cry. You give me too much credit, though. You’re the one who had that spark that told me you would take on whatever challenge was given to you and flourish, even exceed expectations. And that you did, my friend. Miss you girl!

  9. Thanks for the follow. I must tell you that I wish I had been blogging BEFORE I published. I have learned so very much from this warm community of writers and readers. I am in the process of updating my “package” for Red Clay and Roses. I wish you all the best with getting your book out there! 🙂

  10. Finally found my way here, although I know you’ve liked several of my blog posts. You are in good company, Melissa, as you probably know well now. In the few months since I resurrected my blog, I’ve found so many people who, like me, put off their writing, thinking they were supposed to follow “real” career paths and the like. Through corresponding with other bloggers, in particular those affiliated with the Rome Construction Crew, I’ve finally embraced myself as a writer. It is a good feeling, like you say, a good fit 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog! Cheers, Marie

  11. Congratulations on finding a label that fits so well, and I’m honored that you’re following my blog. I hope you’ll find lots there to help you as a writer, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing here!

  12. Hi Melissa! Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. I’m sure you have one already, but I couldn’t help but think of you when I received my nomination. 🙂 If you’d like to pick it up anyway, stop by my blog when you have a sec. http://wp.me/p38Uaw-fO . I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month also! 🙂 I haven’t figured out how to buddy anyone yet on the site. My NaNo user name is lilicasplace. If you know how, can you buddy me? You would be one heck of a motivator! Thanks, Lily (((Hugs)))

    1. Thank you Lily! So sweet of you to think of me! I’m honored! The buddy thing was a mystery to me too! It’s not easy to find. I finally found the instruction under the FAQ’s, I think. Anyway, you enter your friend’s user name in the search box at the top. When their name appears there is an option to add them as a buddy. I’m adding you now 🙂 Good luck with NaNo!

  13. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle. I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Great work

  14. Hi Melissa.

    Love your about page. I found you via SA Larsen’s Blog on the ‘Writers Creed 2014 post’. I also see your participating in the A to Z Challenge too, so I look forward to meeting you on the journey. 🙂


  15. Hi Melissa, thanks for your comment on my blog! I know EXACTLY what you mean about being a ‘closet writer’ and feeling like you’re guiltily confessing something when you tell people you’re a writer. It’s taken me years to get over that feeling, and whilst I’ve got quite used to blogging about writing, I still find it really difficult to talk about in real life. I suppose I’ll get used to it, though – eventually!

  16. Wow Melissa I like your blog and I wish I could write like you, I just cannot quite get the words out the head on to the paper/blog very well. But I was never the best at spelling, grammar and all those important writing things 🙂 any advice ? Cheers for following and commenting on my blog, big hugs Gary x

    1. Thank you very much, Gary. 🙂 Translating the words from my head to the screen is something I struggle with, too. The most consistent advice I’ve seen among well-known authors is to read and write…a lot, but stay true to your voice. You might want to check out Grammarly. You can paste your text on the site and run a grammar check on it.

  17. Hello Melissa! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for the follow! I see that you are also a fellow A to Z-er 🙂 I’m very much looking forward to reading more here on your blog, and I wish you the best with your writing career! It’s so awesome to do what you love ❤

    1. Thanks Kelli! We seem to have a lot in common. We’re both in our forties and fantastic! We’ve been married for about the same length of time, enjoy fitness, writing, and well, I can’t fly planes, but I can fly in my dreams, lol.

      1. I’m looking forward to reading your posts. Yes I think we do have a lot in common! “Dream flying” is way better than real flying. No long lines or angry people 😉 So far on your site I can see a lot of books that are working their way onto that “reading list” I have on my kindle…

    1. Thanks Sue! I haven’t been on WP in a while so I guess you can say I’m enjoying my summer a little too much. Just trying to make the most of my time with my kids before they head back to school. I appreciate the nomination! I’ll be back to regular blogging soon!

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