Melanie Denman

Like a lot of native East Texans, I sprang from a temperamental clan of bootleggers, preachers, peddlers, and fiddle players who conspired to bedevil the unwary amongst them with dubious tales of adventure and woe. I gravitated to fiction so as not to be hobbled by facts, although I try hard to write the truth.

I’m a proud graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, a former banker and cattle rancher, and a Red Cross Disaster Worker. Travel inspires me, renews me, and reminds me that – in spite of national borders, unholy wars, language barriers, and the rise of radicalism – we humans are all walking the same rocky road. And that means storytellers will never run out of material.

Visiting the Sins is my first novel. Set in the Bible Belt of Deep East Texas, it’s the hilarious and heartbreaking story of three generations of the feisty but perennially dissatisfied women of the Wheeler clan, whose lofty social ambitions are exceeded only by their unfortunate taste in men and a seemingly boundless capacity for holding grudges. A legacy of feuding and scandal lurches from one generation to the next with tragic consequences that threaten to destroy everything the Wheeler women have sacrificed their souls to build.

I am a member of the California Writers Club and the Writers’ League of Texas, and a new contributor to Writers on the Journey. I live with my family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I am working on a second novel.

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