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General Information

Name:  Melinda McDonald  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Melinda McDonald on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

McDonald lives in Rochester, Illinois. Set in Springfield, Illinois, Water and Fire vividly recreates life at the turn of the century, culminating in the city's 1908 race riot. The story is populated with people of the time including poet Vachel Lindsay, Illinois Governor Charles Deneen, Eva Carroll Monroe, Susan Lawrence Dana and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Biographical and Professional Information

Melinda McDonald has made a career of writing. After graduating with a degree in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State University in the late seventies, she was roving reporter and photographer for three small Iowa newspapers before starting a successful career in business communications. She managed publications and wrote for a variety of organizations including an insurance company, a community college and an association for funeral home directors while keeping her hand in journalism doing freelance writing. For the last ten years, she has managed marketing communications for a beverage equipment manufacturer in Springfield, Illinois, and, among other responsibilities ghost writes articles for publication in trade magazines. On the side, she has published five devotionals for the book ''Women at the Well, Volume II'', Judson Press (2003). She is active in her church, helping head the Single Moms Ministry and was co-editor for a cookbook/devotional. Besides writing,her other consuming passion is Frank Lloyd Wright and she has served as volunteer tour guide at the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, and is now editor of the ''Volunteer Voice'', a monthly newsletter for volunteers at the house.

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Titles At Your Library

Water And Fire
ISBN: 1434843270

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2008

Springfield Illinois 1906. The hometown of The Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, seethes with racial hatred and Negroes are limited to homes in the impoverished Badlands or to businesses on the vice-ridden Levee. A young Negro woman, Sheba Tully, ventures into this simmering caldron of tensions in search of a better life. After landing a coveted position as a maid for Susan Lawrence Dana, one of the wealthiest and most notorious women in town, she meets Elliott Loper, an attractive white reporter for the Springfield Record. Elliott's goal: to become a respected journalist at any cost. As Sheba and Elliott pursue their dreams, the pair encounter obstacles and romance, with explosive consequences. Culminating with the city's 1908 race riot, Water and Fire vividly recreates life in Springfield at the turn of the century, populated with people of the time including poet Vachel Lindsay, Illinois Governor Charles Deneen, Eva Carroll Monroe, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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