About the Author




Through Melanie's numerous talents, her God-designed purpose is to equip and encourage Believers to live out and grow-up in their faith in Jesus Christ. She cheers others on to go deeper so Christ's radiance can shine brighter.

As Founder and Chief Editor of Living Real Magazine, Melanie has been providing a platform since 2009 for real people to tell their real stories of what it looks like to live out real faith in the everyday routines of life, as well as, in the unexpected challenges tossed our way. https://livingrealmag.com/

Her love for writing overflows into her speaking, blogging, magazine articles, Bible studies, and devotions.


Melanie' newly published book, an 8-week Bible study/memoir, Unlocked Hearts, Unleashed Joy, was released in the spring of 2019 by Redemption Press. Throughout each lesson, she shares her own powerful story of offering the key of forgiveness and how it unlocked her heart and unleashed a deep, satisfying, exhilarating joy.

Melanie's heart belongs to Jesus Christ, but her heartstrings are firmly attached to her husband, Rick, and their adult children, Turner and Madison.

Whether she's speaking, writing, teaching, singing, and/or playing the piano, Melanie has discovered that her love for her Savior spills onto others through her gift of hospitality. Wherever she is, she seeks to create an atmosphere where worship is central, smiles are free, and all are welcome.

If you would like to have Melanie speak/lead worship for your event, please contact her at hello@livingrealmag.com.


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Member of AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers)
Graduate of the SPEAKUP Conference, Carol Kent Director
Graduate of She Speaks, Lysa TerKeurst Director
Graduate of ReNEW: Retreat for New England Writers, 
Lucinda Secrest McDowell and Rachel Britton Directors
Member of Word Weavers International
Member of Lexington Word Weavers of Lexington, SC



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