Melinda Bohannon graduated from Fresno State in 1994 with a BA in Liberal Studies and became a teacher. For many years, she worked with troubled teenagers and their families.
In 2004, her family began working with foster children. Melinda has spoken to groups of foster parents and recovery groups on matters of dealing with troubled children.
She has been writing novels to entertain and inspire her church, friends, students, and family for over a decade.
When Maggie finds herself a member of the very cult she is fighting, the rules of battle change, and she must suffer through an induction to convince The Inner Society that she has changed sides.
Meanwhile, the stakes are rising as good battles evil and the Youth begins to crumble under the pressure.
Ultimately, The Inner Society will use its power to stage the take-over the United States and a mass elimination of the opposition.
How did your book come to life?
The main character finds herself caught between two powerful factions of The Inner Society, both of which seek to make her prove her loyalty.
Are your characters’ experiences taken from someone you know or events in your own life?
Kristy’s character and circumstances were taken from the actual accounts of two teens which I combined into one story. Most of the characters were inspired by the teens I have worked with or known in my own teenage years.
How long did it take you to write your book?
I can write a book in three weeks. It might take three months to revise though, and I’m never satisfied with the edits. Like most authors say: books are not written, they are re-written.
Without giving away details, can you describe one interesting scene in your book in less than two sentences?
Peter is pumping gas at a gas station when a pillowcase is thrown over his head and he is thrown into a van. He struggles instinctively only to find his efforts futile. This was the terrifying moment he’d been expecting for a long while now.
In two sentences or less, can you tell readers something unique about your book?
The Inner Society explores the frightening possibility of a biological attack from within the United States. At the same time it mirrors the internal attack within the church as the power of faith battles the will of the flesh.
Why do you write? Is it something you’ve always done or always wanted to do?
Writing has always been an absolute passion. I can remember sitting on a bench at recess in grade school writing stories. Writing is a source for adventure. It is also a tool for helping others realize the consequences of careless choices, encouraging them to find themselves again and make life-giving decisions.
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
Bottle in the Mist
A young, mute child is left alone in the wilderness of Maine where she learns to survive in the harsh environment, growing into a beautiful young woman. Innocent and backward, she has learned to be fearful of people from her earliest experiences in life. Now she roams the coastline in the cover of the morning mist and darkness.
Do you like to travel? If so, what is your favorite city?
I love to travel. As a young girl I explored the Egyptian pyramids, rode camels across the desert to explore ruins, traveled down the canals of Amsterdam, walked the cobblestone streets of Vienna, and kayaked in the estuaries of Kauai. Adventure was always part of my inner fiber.
Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
My mother and teenage daughter are constantly pushing me to write books for them. My husband helps me organize my plots and checks for errors. My mother-in-law gives me input on my storyline. My pastor and church family have also been a great support to me.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
Francine Rivers is my favorite author. She has a talent for writing in-depth stories with an honesty about the frailty of human character.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Free time??? I enjoy building koi ponds, playing tennis with my children, painting, and training dogs. I also enjoy the challenge of inspiring my students to believe in themselves and reach their potentials.
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