Yes, I know. Some of the answers look politically correct. I prefer to respect the point of view of the other people with whom I share the planet. If that’s too much for you to wrap your brain around, I can’t help you. Go away and don’t come back.

Melinda Brack is a writer, and author of the new collection of coming of age short stories Don’t Go Near the Water.

A Jill of all trades, Melinda has spent her life skipping from industry-to-industry and job-to-job. She lost count of the number of jobs she’d had at around sixty.   In 2020 she decided to revisit writing and started writing shorts stories about coming of age in the Australian bush during the 1970s.

Melinda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing from Deakin University.

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Melinda Brack

Short Fiction | Personal Essays | Short Memoir

Thanks for the photo Analia Baggiano on Unsplash

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