About mel

Hi! I’m Mel: mom, wife, writer, and survivor. I’m not a storied professional, with a lengthy list of credentials or titles. But I do have stories to tell. And what I found while writing my first novel, Running With Our Eyes Closed, is that I’m not alone.

So I mentioned survivor - I don’t view overcoming or living through what life handed me as something to survive. I’ve “survived” more than some, less than many: adolescence, losing my mom to breast cancer during those years, college, dating, marriage, childbirth, youth sports, turning 40, breast cancer, turning 50. And more than all of it I’ve survived the empty nest.

Without failure, who would you be?
— Nick Foles

about the book


To the world, Samantha has the perfect life. Three wonderful children, a loving husband, and a life split between Dallas and Italy. When her youngest leaves for college, it all comes crashing down, forcing her to re-examine exactly what she wants from her world.

Emboldened and ready to take control of her future, Samantha heads to Italy to meet her husband, Michael, prepared to leave the last 25 years of her life behind. Michael, she soon discovers, has secrets and an agenda of his own that could change their lives forever. Life has had its way with them and nothing is quite what they’d imagined it would be.

Over seven days in one of the most romantic countries in the world, Samantha faces the past she thought she had overcome and begins to redefine her role as a woman, wife and mother.  


Praise for Running with Our Eyes Closed


“A true page-turner! Haven’t felt like this about a book in forever – or since 50 Shades!”
– Anna Stone, Principal, Stone Partners

“A book not only for empty-nesters, but for everyone who needs to feel that we are not alone on this journey...this dance...our lives.”
– Pamela Robins, Author

I love with my eyes closed and my heart open
— Wilder


Check out where I’ll be next.  I’d love to meet you.

I appreciate your interest and support.  Contact me to discuss hosting your own event.  My events include private, retail and corporate gatherings with a portion of proceeds donated to the host’s favorite charity. Business owners, consider hosting a special event to promote your company. If you provide support services – health and wellness, beauty, financial advice, fitness and travel – just a few of the areas essential for rebuilding a happy and healthy Empty NestI’d love to hear your ideas for collaboration.


invite mel to your next book club

Getting together with book clubs is one of my favorite things! I’d love to visit yours, either in person (in the Southwest or Southern California) or via Skype. I will provide guided conversation points as well as club discounts. Let’s chat!

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The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
— C.G. Jung

“Ms. Greenberg takes the “where do we go from here?” life dilemma and sets it in a sexy contemporary setting with characters who are heartbreaking, inspiring, and thoroughly relatable.”

Christopher Soldo


support indie authors

I love supporting indie authors. I’ve come to know and respect so many talented authors. Introducing them to my readers and the public is just one way I can return the tremendous support I’ve received over the years. I enjoy most genres. I will purchase and review your books, posting my reviews to Amazon and Goodreads. I will also share my reviews on my IG stories. The indie author community is one of the most encouraging and talented group of people I’ve ever encountered. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, let’s chat and spread the word!


currently reading


The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Book 1) 
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Barcelona, 1945: Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been destroying every book Julian Carax has written. 

Buy on Amazon >


Is There Still Sex In The City?
by Candace Bushnell

Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book Sex and the City reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly on the wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty.

Buy on Amazon >


Everybody Lies
by Melanie A. Smith

I’m Frankie Greco. I’m a strong, independent woman. I have to be. Because I can tell when people are lying. Literally. Since I can remember, a little voice inside my head has whispered to me whenever I hear lies. And everybody lies.

This book includes mature content, and as such is not recommended for readers under 18 years of age.

Buy on Amazon >


Let’s chat

Contact me to book an author appearance, host a signing event, or just to say hello.