Melinda Mitchell


Exit Glacier, Alaska (with my son AJ)

I was born in Oregon, but grew up in Alaska, moving when I was five years old. When I was eight, I wanted to be a writer; when I was thirteen, I felt called to become a minister, like my grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather before me. So while I went through high school and college knowing that I was going on to seminary to receive training to be a pastor, I also knew in my heart I wanted to write, and majored in Creative Writing at Linfield College in Oregon. After receiving my Master of Divinity degree at Andover Newton Theological School near Boston, Massachusetts, I began professional ministry, serving in two churches while in Massachusetts, and am now serving a congregation in Seattle. However, writing has always been tugging my sleeve.

Flash forward thirteen years later, a marriage to another pastor, a child, and two halfway-across-the-country moves (staying two-and-a-half-years in Oklahoma, where my husband served a church as pastor and I became a hospital chaplain), I have landed in the Seattle area, and feel after long last I am home again. I have rekindled my passion for writing. Just before moving to the Seattle area, my first essay was published in The Modern Magnificat: Women Responding to the Call of God. In 2015, my second essay was published in There's a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments, and the Healing Power of Humor. I began a blog in 2007 that became a weekly resource on the Revised Common Lectionary for pastors, known as Rev-o-lution, and a few prayers from my blog are included in The New Manual of Worship (2018) from Judson Press, edited by Nancy Hall. In the spring of 2018, I signed on to become a regular contributor toThe Christian Citizen.

Nonetheless, creative writing, especially fiction, has always been my outlet. I had an overactive imagination as a child (that got me into trouble with teachers who always thought I was spacing out--I may have been in space in those moments!) and loved creating creatures and worlds. I drew maps in the margins of my notebooks, sketched out characters, and lived into my own worlds during recess. I currently write YA fantasy and YA and adult science fiction.

​I also love to play guitar (my poetry writing morphed into songwriting, but now I primarily play church music and kid songs), travel, go hiking and camping, and spending time with a good book, either out on the balcony (we have a lot more sun in Seattle than we let on) or curled up inside on the rainy days. 

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