Today we’d like to introduce you to Mel Greenberg.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Mel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Hi! I’m a 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.
In 2013, my nest emptied out – the youngest of my two sons headed east to play football at the University of Kentucky. My oldest son was living in LA, pursuing his dream of working in the film industry. My world was rocked.
Who was I now that my full-time job had walked out the door? I’d lost my job and honestly had no idea what the next years of my life would or should look like. Marriage, home, and family – all of it came into question.
During this time, my book Running With Our Eyes Closed began to evolve. I watched friends moving through the same turbulent waters – all of us trying to figure out what the hell was next. Whatever the approach, whatever the result, the motivation was the same – we were all trying to create a new life – one that wasn’t completely centered on our children. Some marriages survived, others didn’t. Families made geographical changes hoping for answers. And I began to write, first journaling my thoughts about the curious time in our lives. Then, through poetry and prose, the characters Samantha and Michael were born.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life has had its way with me! I was born and raised in San Diego. Moving across the country to attend college would be the first of many pivotal moments. Escape was my guide, losing my mother to cancer at the age of seventeen sets those wheels in motion. Looking back, as I now view “sixty” quite clearly in front of me, I ran – to and from life, emotionally and physically. My foundation was crushed and I sought refuge the only way my seventeen-year-old self knew how.
Through those tumultuous years on my own, I grew up. I got married, had two sons and built a life. But the remnants of my emotional loss were never far beneath the surface.
Getting my own breast cancer diagnosis just before my fiftieth birthday was my silver-lining moment. What I’d feared, what I’d moved 3,000 miles to “escape” had found me and ultimately empowered me to become the strongest version of myself.
What life served me was not my choice – what I embrace now is that how I live, how I feel, what I believe, is absolutely 100% my choice. Embrace has replaced Escape!
Please tell us about Mel Media, 4 Pillars Publishing – what should we know?
MEL Media is a multi-media platform for community and growth. 4 Pillars Publishing, the company I founded while writing and publishing my debut novel, Running With Our Eyes Closed, offers hybrid independent publishing and production opportunity for authors and screenwriters.
Through MEL Media, I’ve established a platform for midlife and empty-nest women dedicated to connecting, educating and entertaining. I am, by choice, a a ‘work-in-progress’ at all times. I’m open and encourage all those interested in being a part of my work and expanding on their own ideas to come on board.
For me, it really is all about community – creating this fabulous midlife, empty nest forum and giving back, though, local and national endeavors I support.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Oh my gosh, so many!
My first mentor, at WRC radio in Washington, DC – Camille Bohannon, a seasoned, award-winning talent who took me under her wing, teaching and believing in me from the start and I am forever grateful.
There have been so many kind and creative souls along the way. Authors are one of the most supportive groups I’ve ever encountered. From newly published to famous multi-award winners, the friendships and experiences that have evolved are a treasure.
My AXO sisterhood, women who stand by me today and have always been an integral part of my life.
I save the best for last – my family! My husband and two sons are the most giving, inspiring, loving men on the planet – I am blessed.
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Dominic Bonuccelli, Matt Greenberg