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.
In 2013 my nest emptied out – the youngest of my two sons headed east to play football at the University of Kentucky. My oldest son was living in LA, pursuing his dream of working in the film industry. My world was rocked.
Who was I now that my full-time job had walked out the door? I’d lost my job and honestly had no idea what the next years of my life would or should look like. Marriage, home, and family – all of it came into question.
During this time, my book Running With Our Eyes Closed began to evolve. I watched friends moving through the same turbulent waters – all of us trying to figure out what the hell was next. Whatever the approach, whatever the result, the motivation was the same – we were all trying to create a new life – one that wasn’t completely centered on our children. Some marriages survived, others didn’t. Families made geographical changes hoping for answers. And I began to write, first journaling my thoughts about the curious time in our lives. Then through poetry and prose, the characters Samantha and Michael were born.
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.
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“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.”
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