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


Let’s chat

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