Get to Know Melanie Sumrow Better: 

What drew you to write in your genre?

I have eclectic taste and enjoy reading across all genres, but contemporary realistic fiction is the one I tend to gravitate toward the most. So I write what I love to read.


What other genre would you like to write in?

I’d like to write a mystery.


What are your most influential books/favorite authors?

Some of my favorite authors include Walter Dean Myers, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Jason Reynolds.


What do you think makes a story memorable?

A compelling character is essential to a memorable story.


What do you think is essential in a classroom?

An open mind. If a student thinks he or she already has everything figured out, there’s no room for learning.


What did you learn from your favorite and/or best teacher?

Be willing to fail. Failing means you’re trying and you can always learn from your mistakes. If you don’t try, you’ll never learn.


What makes for the most “success” in student?

Adaptability. For writing in particular, there has to be a willingness to change things for the betterment of the story, even when you think it’s “finished.”


How did you come to teach at The Writer's Path?

I was a student of the program and went to New York in 2011. I have also maintained friendships with writers I’ve met through the program and continually felt supported by The Writer’s Path at each stage of my publishing journey.