LEETON author Melanie Ifield uses writing not just as a creative outlet, but as a way to bring tales to life for all ages to enjoy.
The published author has several of her books for sale at the Leeton Newsagency that cover interests for children and adults, offering a world of imagination, action, humour and also love across the titles.
Her four children's books are part of a fantasy series.
"There's an inner child in all of us, so these four books while aimed at children, has been ready by ages 10 and up. Adults enjoy them too."
Lately, Ms Ifield has been undertaking her Masters in Creative Writing, as well as writing several poetry pieces.
Ms Ifield isn't your ordinary writer, not only is it a passion she lives for, but it's something she continues to push on with despite living with a chronic health condition.
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"I'm currently slogging through a manuscript, but it could be a while before anything happens with that ... some days I can do a bit, but other days I struggle to leave the house or the lounge because of my health," she said.
"The best thing about writing though is you can do it anywhere and it really is something I have loved all my life. I've loved words, reading, writing. It's also something anyone at any age can take up.
"I think everyone has a story in them, so I'd really encourage people to get it down and on paper.
"It does require discipline and stamina, but I love it. It's incredibly good for my mental health."
When speaking with Ms Ifield it's easy to see how passionate she is about writing - whether it's for novels or books, journaling or just getting thoughts down.
"Especially at this time during the pandemic where life has slowed down," she said.
"Everyone across the world is struggling, but this is a way to connect.
"When you look at it, without words and stories there would be no books, no movies, no music, no pictures on your wall. The human life is all about stories. It's what connects all of us."
Residents wanting to delve into Ms Ifield's books can purchase them at the Leeton Newsagency, borrow them from the Leeton library or even buy them online through places such as Amazon.
You can also find her on social media both on Facebook and Instagram by searching her name, as well as her website at https://melanieifield.wordpress.com/author/melanieifield/.
Melanie Ifield's published books:
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