Tucson Festival of Books

Shirley Melis



Tira Howard

Shirley Melis is a longtime business writer, travel writer and newspaper columnist who traveled the world interviewing everyone from busboys to heads of international organizations before launching a career in public relations in Washington, D.C.


With her memoir, "Banged-Up Heart," she took her writing in a new direction, delving deeply into her own personal story of finding love late, losing it early and discovering the strength to choose to love again. It is a fascinating odyssey, a journey both creative and erotic.

A graduate of Vassar, Shirley Melis created an intimate memoir bearing eloquent witness to the kind of wild trust that can grow in the heart of an ordinary woman thrust into circumstances that few others must face. "Banged-Up Heart" is the winner of several awards,including a silver medal from Independent Publisher Book Awards, an international competition.

Now retired, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and travels extensively. Shirley is Co-President of the New Mexico Book Association and has given workshops on memoir writing sponsored by Southwest Writers and the New Mexico Book Association. She also serves on the Steering Committe for the New Mexico Press Women's Northern Chapter.

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Indie Authors - Adults Fiction and Nonfiction

Book:
Banged-Up Heart: Dancing with Love and Loss
Dancing with Love and Loss
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Terra Nova Books
February 2017
ISBN 9781938288708
312 pages