Dark Tales are deep magic

They remind us that we are Light.

My Writing Journey

Where I blog about my journey to become a traditionally published author. That's the goal.

Long Fiction

Here you'll find news and updates about my current project, The Necromanteon.

Short Fiction

To get you started, some of my short stories, poetry, flash fiction, and other quick reads.

Writing Tips

Looking for a few more tools and ideas for your Writing Toolbox? Try these.

Method And Muse

Want to laugh, learn, and leave inspired? Click here for more on Method and Muse podcast.

Highly recommended

A few of my favorite things, suggestions about about what to read/see/listen to next.

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, and I know I’ve got some poems around here somewhere. My stories draw from over 30 years of esoteric and occult research — magic, ritual, mythology, astrology, Tarot, divination, runes, paranormal, folk tales and more. My writing contains all kinds of witchy and mystical little Ēostre eggs — for those who know where to look!

My first short story, The King’s Mask, placed 3rd in the Writer’s Digest Short Story competition (Horror category). I recently received an Honorable Mention in NYC Midnight‘s Short Story Challenge 2019, advancing through the competition’s three heats of progressively difficult writing challenges. I’m currently competing in NYC Midnight’s Flash Fiction Challenge 2019 — I’ll let you know how that turns out!

My main focus these days is finalizing the manuscript for 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 and alternative history/mythology. I will be querying agents soon and, hopefully, will have some good news to announce in the near future!

In addition to writing, 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!

JOURNAL

Threading the labyrinth and having tea with minotaurs

The Muse Is In

It's really up to you whether you want to visualize this as a tender home birthing moment or that scene in Aliens where Ripley is about to experience a Jiffy-Pop C-section. Both are accurate.

Meet the Method and Muse Hosts

Melody Wingfield

Melody Wingfield

Host

Code Name: Gypsy Queen
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Favorite Author: Neil Gaiman
Will Write For: Hard Cider, Make An Offer

Paul A. Cagle

Paul A. Cagle

Host

Code Name: Basic Bitch
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Favorite Author: Jim Butcher
Will Write For: Pizza, DragonCon Tickets

Becky Bumgardner

Becky Bumgardner

Host

Code Name: The Klutz
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Favorite Author: Terry Brooks
Will Write For: Tranqs For Lance

Lance Bumgardner

Lance Bumgardner

Host

Code Name: Sarcastian
Astrological Sign: Scorpitarius
Favorite Author: Jim Butcher
Will Write For: WDW Passes, Backrubs

Method and Muse

Method and Muse

podcast

Code Name: The Show
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Favorite Author: Our Hosts
Find Your Method, Follow Your Muse!