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Welcome to my website! My name is Melody Wingfield, and I write dark/epic fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. My primary mediums are novel-length fiction and short stories, but also poetry and music. Drawing from over 30 years of esoteric and occult research, my stories contain elements of magic, ritual, mythology, folk tales, the paranormal, and more. Witchy things are my passion — let me enchant you!
My current project is The Lost Daughter, Book 1 of The Necromanteon — an epic, dark fantasy retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone. Written for adult fans who want their Greek mythology to have some teeth, the series melds the world-building of epic fantasy with elements of horror, romance and alternative history/mythology. The final edits of the manuscript are complete, and I have officially entered the query stage of the process. I hope to have some good news share with you soon!
In addition to being an author, I am deeply invested in helping fellow writers pursue their dreams. With the help of my writers’ group, I host the informational, inspirational, and often inappropriate Method and Muse podcast for writers-in-process. I am also active in the Twitter #writerscommunity and enjoy facilitating writing workshops and participating in panels at Cons whenever I get the chance.
Of all my works, I am most proud of my daughter, Brighton, who is studying cinematography and photography at MTSU. I currently live in the Scenic City of Chattanooga, TN with my dog, Blitz Zen (who I secretly suspect is a cross-dressing cat).
Please check out my journal so you can follow along with my experiences as I pursue my life-long dream of becoming a best-selling, traditionally published author. You can also SUBSCRIBE below and/or follow me on Twitter @melodywingfield. As an emerging author, your support makes all the difference!
Threading the labyrinth and having tea with minotaurs
GOOD NEWS! I ended up with agents at two NYC literary agencies wanting to see my book! In the publishing world and the realm of pitch wars, that's the equivalent of putting on the One Ring and getting the Eye of Mordor's attention.
Self-love is a life-long journey, as we are challenged to accept our changing bodies and capabilities. The amount of pressure put on us to remain unchanging is cruel in its impossibility. And compliments tying age to beauty makes that self-love even harder.
My first rejection letter ever. From no less than one of the most prestigious literary magazines in the world. Telling me, "Hey, not bad kid. Go find someplace to publish this. It's got merit." I'll take it.
There are plenty of paths leading to the same destination of a finished book that's worth sharing with the world. The important thing is you keep walking the path, you keep getting those words down until it's done.