Reboot

The past month has been crazy – both personally, professionally, and writerly – and while it’s (mostly) all good, my body has reached a breaking point (headaches, shoulder & neck knots, inability to stay awake – FUN STUFF). Typically I rejuvenate by spending time at Lake Michigan. We live a 10 minute walk from the …

I’m in Writer’s Digest & Biz is on Instagram

I’m even more all over the internet than before. First, the Writer’s Digest issue that features the winners of the Self-Published eBook Winners is finally out! Second, Biz has her own Instagram account!

Flicker on Pinterest!

Flicker has a board! I made it for the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt and now I want to add the other two books AND make a board for The Slope Rules! Please check it out and let me know what you think! Follow Melanie’s board The Flicker Effect on Pinterest. If you’re new to Pinerest, …

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, …

YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2016 Announcement

You guys! From March 29 – April 3 there’s going to be a HUGE Young Adult Scavenger Hunt (aka YASH) going on ALL OVER THE INTERNET. It includes 160 authors — with a total of 160 FREE BOOKS up for grabs — and I’m one of them! I’ll be hosting one person and linking to …

My Interview on the Podcast BOOKMARKED

Last week I recorded an interview for a new podcast called Bookmarked. It’s hosted by local author/illustrator Kevin Scott Collier on Grand Haven Talk Radio and I was the debut interviewee! Listen here: (Jump to the 8 minute mark to hear me.) What do you think?

A Cohesive and Necessary Story

I finally received the editorial feedback from the Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards! Here’s what my judge had to say: In Flicker by Melanie Hooyenga we are presented with a story that is heavy on the romance and teen drama while mixing in some supernatural thrills and interesting historical ideas as well. It mines this …

2016 Goals: Pushing Out of My Circle

At the beginning of this year I challenged myself to break out of my circle, meaning I needed to get myself and my books in front of people I didn’t know. I’m happy to report that since then I’ve added the following experiences to my list: 2 3-Day Conferences (Women’s Expo & Comic Con) 2 …

Introducing Melanie Hooyenga, Award-Winning Author

Are you sitting down? At the end of last summer I decided to enter a writing contest for ebooks that had been self-published within the past five years. This was important for several reasons: My novels are self-published My novels are in both print and ebook form Flicker, the first book in the trilogy, was …