Meet Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson grew up in a small town in Oregon. She wasn't raised in a Christian home, but when she turned 15, her life turned around dramatically after she became a Christian. She became very involved in missions, and was the youngest short-term assistant that Wycliffe Bible Translators ever had in Papua New Guinea.

Melody loved to write at a young age, but she found other ways to express her creativity over the years. Eventually she found she had a compulsion to write, and that she could write quickly. In 1995, her first book was published, and she has been writing prolifically ever since. Her award-winning books include: The Prayer of Jabez for Little Ones, King of the Stable, The Gold and Honey Bible, The Ark that Noah Built, and Benjamin's Box. In the past few years, she has published over sixty books for children, teens, and adults--with total sales of over a million copies. Melody's recent projects include the Just Like Jesus Said series for children, Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them, and Looking for Cassandra Jane, and the upcoming releases Sold Out--the latest in the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, I'm ZoŽ--part of the Little Blessings series, When Creepy Things Come Out, Miranda's Story, and Heal Me, Oh God.

In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

Portions of this information courtesy of Multnomah Publishers. Updated May 2003.

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