About Me

Melanie Neale
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“Boat Girl captures the wonders and the paradoxes of growing up just offshore from American culture in a way that I haven’t ever seen in a lifetime of reading about such things.”
- Tim Murphy, Editor-at-Large, Cruising World,
Coauthor, Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology

My Life

I grew up living aboard a 47’ sailboat with my parents and sister. We traveled the US East Coast and the Bahamas from the mid 1980’s to the end of the 1990’s, and were home-schooled until we went to college. I began writing poetry and short stories when I was little, and then found out that I could actually go to school for writing. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Eckerd College in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Florida International University in 2006. I couldn’t get away from the water, so I lived aboard my own 28’ sailboat while in graduate school in Miami. I currently live in Northern Florida with my husband and daughter.

Career

I’ve taught college, captained and crewed on boats, detailed boats, worked in a bait & tackle shop, sold books, worked in marketing, and now I’m the Director of Career Services for a private art college in northern Florida, where I apply my writing skills towards editing other people’s resumes and cover letters.

Publications

I have published fiction, poetry and nonfiction in many literary journals and magazines, including: Soundings, Seaworthy, Southwinds, GulfStream, Latitudes & Attitudes, The Miami Herald’s Tropical Life Magazine, Balancing the Tides, The Georgetown Review, RumBum.com and Florida Humanities. I’ve also won a few awards. My “Short Story” column appeared bimonthly in Cruising World Magazine from 2006 to 2009. Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, and Fiberglass is my first book, and Boat Kid: How I Survived Swimming with Sharks, Being Homeschooled, and Growing Up on a Sailboat is the Middle Grades (young adult) version of Boat Girl.

Books

Events

*Please check back often as more events are planned! And please contact me if you're interested in scheduling a reading or book signing.

  • April 20, 4 to 6 PM, 2014--Appearing at Bookmark It at the East End Market, Orlando, FL

  • October 24 through 26, 2014--FWA Thirteenth Annual Conference, Presenting Memoir workshop, details TBA, Lake Mary, FL

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