Melanie Schnell

Melanie Schnell author photo Melanie Schnell

What is your latest release and what genre is it? While the Sun is Above Us — fiction

Quick description: While The Sun Is Above Us takes readers deep into the extraordinary world of Sudan through the intertwined narratives of two women. In the midst of a bloody civil war, Adut is brutally captured and held as a slave for eight years. Sandra, fleeing her life in Canada, travels to South Sudan as an aid worker but soon finds herself unwittingly embroiled in a violent local conflict. When chance brings Adut and Sandra together in a brief but profound moment, their lives change forever. In captivating prose, Melanie Schnell offers imaginative insight into the lives of innocents in a land at war, rendering horrific experiences with exquisite clarity. While The Sun Is Above Us explores the immense power of the imagination, the human desire for connection, and the endurance of hope.

While the Sun is Above Us cover high res

Brief biography:
Melanie has lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Boston, Colombia, Thailand, Kenya and Sudan. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in English from the University of Regina and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She spent the better part of one year living in South Sudan in the midst of their civil war, where she did the core of her research for While the Sun is Above Us. She has written for television, and has had her fiction, poetry and non-fiction published. She has also won awards for her poetry and fiction. Melanie currently resides under the wide blue skies of Saskatchewan with a rambunctious toddler, where she teaches and writes.

Links to buy Melanie’s book:
Chapters/Indigo – print
Kobo – eBook
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
Apple iBookstore – eBook
Google Play
Barnes and Noble Nook – eBook
Broadview Press
or at your local, independent bookstore

Melanie’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
My second novel. I’m in the beginning stages of it, but it’s proving to be an entirely different animal than the first one. It’s shaping up to be a murder mystery.

Melanie’s reading recommendation:
I’m almost finished reading Oryx and Crake right now. It’s not difficult for me to recommend Margaret Atwood. She’s one of my favourite authors.


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