Melinda Cochrane has been writing and publishing books since 2013. First under the imprint of Melinda Cochrane International and now Melinda Cochrane publications inc. In her journey, she has taught and helped many writers publish their own books and published anthologies. In the past year, she has decided to focus on her own writing and to further promote reading and writing through the Inspired Heart for Teens. As a Cancer survivor, Melinda's new purpose is to not only publish her own work but to inspire and encourage others to share their own stories too. Her experiences not only further heightened her sense of the importance of sharing our story but also the importance of making sure to follow your passions and dreams. In her workshops, her focus is on not only the art of writing but also on how to follow your dreams- any dream and to be a self starter in doing so.
I think one of the hallmarks of a good artist is the understanding of space. A good painter or photographer knows that negative space is every bit as crucial as the subject matter. A good musician understands that the space between notes is just as important, if not more so, then the notes themselves. Each time you listen, your hear something new, some subtle nuance. Melinda's writing clearly demonstrates that she understands this dynamic. Each time she sends in a new piece, she makes me think. Each time I re-read her pieces, I see something new. I would add that as a publisher who deals with many authors, Melinda is always a pleasure to work with. She is polite and always grateful, something a great many others could learn from!
It's a privilege to have her work grace our pages.
President and CEO. Life As A Humanwww.lifeasahuman.
"Lyrical and deeply evocative, Melinda Cochrane's poetry calls demons to the dance floor and brings the mighty to their knees. She's an Island Poet beautifully captures the spirit of Islandness, in general, and Newfoundland, in particular. She celebrates the struggles of place and people as the very loom on which their inner fibres are woven. This is an intensely human and honest collection that will leave you changed."
Dr. Ellyn Lyle, author and lecturer
University of Prince Edward Island