Telling The Stories of People Like Us – Melanie McGrath – JoinedUp#90

It’s episode 90 with friend of the show, Melanie McGrath who writes both fiction and non-fiction and today we focus on the latter with Mel giving a fascinating insight into her process and why she’s so passionate about telling what she calls ‘the stories about people like us’.

Melanie is a self-proclaimed Essex girl, cofounder of Killer Women, and an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction. As MJ McGrath she writes the acclaimed Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries, White Heat, The Boy in the Snow and The Boneseeker, twice longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and picked as Times and Financial Times thrillers of the year. As Melanie McGrath she’s written several critically acclaimed non-fiction books, with her most recent being Pie and Mash Down The Roman Road. It’s always lovely to talk to Melanie, but this was the first time we got to chat face to face in Mel’s home in London, back in August. It was fascinating to hear how Mel approaches her non fiction projects in a very similar way to her fiction and I think there’s something in this interview for writers of all genres.

Find out more about Melanie on her website here, or follow her on Twitter @mcgrathmj

I also want to give a massive cheer to all of you currently having a crack at NaNoWriMo – that’s National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated – and it’s been fantastic to connect with so many passionate writers, old and new throwing themselves into the challenge of writing 50,000 words during November. Do check out our special Nano blog series here.

On that very subject I wanted to mention Martin McConnell and his team over at who have put together a crack team of writers and inspirational folks to give you that extra push over the line. It’s totally free to sign up and you’ll get inspirational emails and support from the team – so check out or on twitter #NaNoinspo.

Today’s Book Blogger’s Corner comes courtesy of Katherine Sunderland over at reviewing The Way Of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry . Follow Katherine on twitter @KatherineSunde3 and check out her blog here too.

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About Wayne

Editor and Soundman for MGL Media (@mglmedia) and currently completing debut novel 'Safe Hands'. Love Writing and hosting The Joined Up Writing Podcast. Follow @MrKelly2u or @jupodcast on Twitter and say hello.
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