Write About Me
Write About Me is #1 Bestseller on Amazon that gets readers hooked from the first page and leaves them wanting more long after they’ve finished. The year is 1988 and 16-year old Annabelle Brown from northern Queensland runs away from her family and friends for the bright lights of somewhere new. She ends up in Kings Cross in Sydney where her life takes some dark twists and turns. Inspired by a heartbreaking true family cold case mystery, ‘Write About Me’ is a heart-wrenching coming of age story about a teenage runaway who doesn’t come home.
Described by one of her children as a ‘book writing machine’, Australian author Melissa Pouliot has always loved to write. Her early childhood stories about princesses, fairies and goblins inspired by authors such as Enid Blyton and May Gibbs evolved to teenage soap operas and adventure stories inspired by Trixie Beldon, Sweet Valley High and her own experiences.
While studying a Commerce university degree, she wrote her first unpublished piece for friends and family based on when she worked a governess on a sheep station in outback Queensland.
After an epiphany on a train late one night in Sydney, she changed her university studies from numbers to words. She returned to the harsh outback Queensland heat to start her media career before moving south to the flat, arid landscape of Western Victoria to work in the busy newsroom of a tri-weekly paper.
When her first child was six months old she started her own media company. Through her journalism career and her own business, she has written stories on just about every topic. Her stories about people are widely recognised as her true heart and she has published several non-fiction books.
“Find Me,” is Melissa’s second novel. It follows the life of one of her favourite characters from her debut bestseller ‘Write About Me’. Both novels are inspired by her own family’s missing persons tragedy and her quest to highlight the lifelong scars families and friends of missing people carry as they struggle to understand the complexities that abound when someone is ‘missing’. Through her fiction writing she has become a strong advocate for missing people around the world.
Melissa lives with her family on the NSW South Coast where she writes every single day.
Reviews (70 reviews on amazon)
Melissa-Jane’s main character Annabelle Brown is introduced on Sunday November 20, 1988 where she finds her solace in sitting by the campfire drinking Stone’s Green Ginger wine in the opening pages, oblivious to her surroundings of being alone.
“Write about me,” Annabelle said, “Write about me `cause I am dead.”
Intrigue begins on Monday July 10, 1988 as the story unravels.
Melissa-Jane’s debut fictional novel is based on a true story of the Author’s cousin Ursula Dianne Barwick who has been missing for 26 years.
The Author crafts her words through a clever eighty-six subtitles.
A book I have read twice and will revisit again. Brilliant!
I Just wish it was longer 🙂
The story line touched me deeply, the issues around mental health, homelessness and missing persons graphically woven around this young woman’s story. The light touch of the very different characters provided a sense of humour and the threads of their lives added to Annabelle’s despair.
The story is based on every parents worst nightmare – losing a child.
Great Job Melissa
This is a book not to be overlooked